California school law requires that a student attend school regularly and punctually. California schools only receive funding for students on the days they attend school.
Procedures to be followed if your student is absent:
- On the day of a student absence a parent/guardian is requested to phone the school to report the absence. The school phone number is 661-258-4418. You may also email your student’s absence to email@example.com.
- If the student absence from school was not verified by phone, please send a note/written statement signed by the parent/guardian. The note must include the student’s name, date(s) of absence and reason for absence.
- If a parent/guardian does not call the school, the attendance clerk will attempt to contact the parent/guardian using phone numbers provided on the emergency contact sheet to verify the absence. If contact is not made by phone, note, or email, after 3 school days, the absence will be marked “unexcused”.
ABSENCES THAT ARE EXCUSED:
Students absent for any of the following causes are considered excused:
- Due to the pupil’s illness.
- Due to quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer.
- For the purposes of having medical, dental, optometry or chiropractic appointments.
- For the purpose of attending the funeral services of a member of the immediate family. Immediate family members include mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, or a grandchild of the pupil or of the spouse of the pupil, brother, sister, son, son-in-law, daughter, daughter-in-law, or any relative living in the immediate household of the pupil so long as the absence is not more than one day if the service is to be conducted in California and not more than three days if the service is conducted outside of California.
- Upon advance written request by the parent/guardian and the approval of the principal or designee, justifiable personal reasons including, but not limited to:
(a) appearance in court;
(b) attendance at a funeral service (other than immediate family);
(c) observation of a holiday or ceremony of his/her religion;
(d) attendance at religious retreats not to exceed four hours per semester
ABSENCES THAT ARE UNEXCUSED:
An absence is considered unexcused according to state law when any student is absent for any reason other than those mentioned above, i.e., missing the bus, going out of town, overslept, etc. Students will be expected to make up any work missed when they are absent.
CALIFORNIA TRUANCY LAW
Effective January 1, 2011, there have been changes to California’s truancy laws, which may affect you and your student if your student exhibits attendance problems during the school year.
California Ed Code only excuses personal illness, medical appointments, quarantine, funerals of immediate family members, court appearances, and religious exercises. Additionally, please remember that out of town visits, caring for the sick, or caring for relatives are not excused absences.
Be mindful that a student is considered truant if he/she is absent from school without valid excuse either:
- For three full days; or
- Tardy more than 30 minutes three times; or
- Any combination of three (full school days or
over 30 minutes late.)- Education Code 48260
As a result of the changes in the truancy laws, Muroc Joint Unified School District has adopted a School Attendance Review Board (SARB). The purpose is to address truancy/behavior problems which interfere with the educational progress of students, while holding parents and students to a greater level of accountability.
If a student has been reported as a truant three or more times within the same school year, provided the district has made a conscientious effort to hold at least one conference with the student his/her parent or guardian, he/she is regarded as a Habitual Truant .
(Education Code 48264.5) Parents/guardians of truants will receive three (3) progressive notification letters. The third letter notifies that a mandatory SARB hearing will be scheduled.
These changes include the definition of a new term: Chronic Truant. A Chronic Truant is any student who has missed 10% or more of the school days in one school year, from the beginning of the school term until the date the check is conducted, provided the proper notifications have been made. Under Ed Code parent/guardians of chronic truants in grades K-8 can be found guilty of a misdemeanor and can be subject to imprisonment, or a fine, or both.
We urge you to make every effort to ensure that your student is at school on time each day in order to maximize his/her educational experience and to be in compliance with the laws of California.