DID YOU KNOW?
Participation in early education programs, like preschool and Head Start, lead to better attendance in kindergarten.
In the elementary years, students who miss school are less likely to be reading at grade level by 3rd grade. In fact, ONLY 17% of students who are chronically absent in Kindergarten and First grade can read at grade level after 3rd grade.
Absences and tardiness can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.
Half of the students who miss 2-4 days of school in September will go on to miss nearly a month of school.
Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Eventually good attendance will be a skill that will help them succeed in high school and college.
DID YOU KNOW?
By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school.
By 9th grade, attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.
Nearly 67% of course failures are attributed to low attendance.
Absences can be a sign that a teen is losing interest, struggling with school work, dealing with a bully or facing some other difficulty.
Attendance is an important life skill that will help your teen keep a job and graduate from college.
Excused Absences Include ONLY the following:
Quarantine under the direction of a county of city health officer
Medical, dental, optometrical, or chiropractic appointment that cannot be scheduled before or after school hours
Attending the funeral service of an immediate family member (such absences are limited to one day if the service is in California or three days if the service is conducted out of state)
Illness or medical appointment of a child to whom the student is a guardian
Upon advance written request by the parent/guardian and the approval of the principal or designee, justifiable personal reasons include:
Appearance in court
Attendance at a funeral service
observance of a religious holiday or ceremony
Attendance at religious retreats for not more that four hours per semester
Attendance at an employment conference
Attendance at an educational conference or the legislative or judicial process offered by a nonprofit organization
Service as a member of a precinct board for an election
To spend time with an immediate family member who is an active duty member of the services, and has been called to duty to a combat zone or combat support position, or is on leave from or has immediately returned from such deployment (the time granted is at the discretion of the Superintendent or designee)
Attendance at a naturalized ceremony to become a US citizen
Participation in a cultural ceremony or event which relates to the habits, practices, beliefs, and traditions of a certain group of people
Participation in religious exercises or to receive moral and religious instruction at the student's place of worship or other suitable place away from school
Absence for student participation in religious exercises or instruction shall not be considered an absence for the purpose of computing average daily attendance if the student attends at least the minimum school day as specified in AR 6112 - School Day, and is not excused from school for this purpose on more than four days per school month.
Work in the entertainment or allied industry.
Work for a student who holds a work permit authorizing work in the entertainment or allied industries for a period of not more than five consecutive days.
For this purpose, student absence shall be excused for a maximum of up to five absences per school year.
Participation with a nonprofit performing arts organization in a performance for a public school audience.
A student may be excused for up to five such absences per school year provided that the student's parent/guardian provides a written explanation of such absence to the school.
Other reasons authorized at the discretion of the principal or designee based on the student's specific circumstances.
For the purpose of the absences described above, immediate family means the student's parent/guardian, brother or sister, grandparent, or any other relative living in the student's household.
Unexcused absences include, but are not limited to, the following examples:
Arriving to school 10 minutes after the start of school or checking out more than 10 minutes before the end of the day without an acceptable reasons
Leaving school during the regular school day without approval of a school official or other non-emergency situations
Missing the bus
Personal grooming appointments (hair, nails, tanning, etc)
Skipping class/leaving campus without following proper procedure
Needed at home/babysitting
The School Attendance Review Board is a committee made up of community members, school employees, and community agency employees who meet with students and their families to address attendance and behavioural problems.
The purpose of SARB is to work together with parents/guardians and their child to recommend feasible solutions, and prevent children from entering the juvenile justice system. SARB may recommend the following:
Changes to a student's school program or classes
Counseling/classes for students and/or guardians
A diversion program
Once a course of action is agreed upon, a contract is made and signed. The student and/or guardians must abide by the course of action agreed upon in the contract. The school and office of Child Welfare and Attendance will monitor the student's attendance and/or behavior progress to ensure the agreed upon actions take place. If the student's attendance and/or behavior improves as discussed, then the SARB process has been successful and no further action needs to take place.
If the expected improvement does not take place, then one or more of the following actions will take place:
A petition will be filed with juvenile court
A complaint will be filed with the District Attorney
A complaint will be filed with the County Social Services Department
The court may suspend or delay a student's driving privileges for one year once they become eligible to drive
Courts may place a guardian and/or a student on informal probation and order miscellaneous fines to be paid