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Info Graphic: on why is attendance important


Info Graphic: on why is attendance important SP

In California, the Education Code provides guidelines for student attendance and absences (BP 5113). If a student is absent from school, it is important to follow proper procedures to clear the absence in accordance with the Education Code.

  1. Notification: As a parent or guardian, if your child is going to be absent from school, you should notify the school as soon as possible. This can usually be done by calling the school's attendance office or sending a note explaining the reason for the absence. Attendance must be reported to the attendance office three (3) days after the absence. 


  1. Valid Reasons for Absence: The Education Code in California allows for certain good reasons for student absences, such as illness, medical appointments, religious holidays, and family emergencies. It's important to provide documentation or a valid reason for the absence when notifying the school.


  1. Clearing the Absence: When you call the school to report the absence, be prepared to provide information about the reason for the absence and any necessary documentation. The school may ask for a doctor's note for medical absences or other relevant documentation.


  1. Make-Up Work: According to the Education Code, students who have valid excused absences are generally allowed to make up missed assignments and exams. It's a good idea to communicate with your child's teachers and Attendance office to ensure they are aware of the absence and to make arrangements for any missed work.


  1. Unexcused Absences: If a student has an unexcused absence, the school may follow its disciplinary procedures, which can include notifying parents, assigning consequences, or even involving truancy officials in more serious cases.


  1. Chronic Absenteeism: Chronic absenteeism, which refers to frequent and unexcused absences, is taken seriously in California. Schools are required to track and address chronic absenteeism as part of their efforts to ensure student attendance.


Always maintain open communication with the school regarding absences and follow their established procedures to ensure that your child's attendance record remains accurate and up to date.