Excused and Unexcused Absences
All absences are legally interpreted as being “excused” or “unexcused. (EC48205(a) A pupil shall be excused from school when the absence is:
Unexcused absences which violate education code are oversleeping, missing a ride to school, caring for others in the family, shopping, paying fines, studying, car trouble, vacation, visiting friends or relatives, lack of clothing, etc.
Parents/Guardians are required to notify the Attendance Office daily when their student is absent for any reason. This may be done easily in one of two ways:
*IMPORTANT* All absences must be cleared within five days of the student’s return to school. On the sixth day the absence becomes unverified and cannot be changed after this date (BP AR5113b). Unverified absences are considered truancies and a Saturday Work Study may be issued. A Saturday Work Study may be given for all period absences that have not been cleared. Unverified absences may result in the student receiving zero credit in his/her classes. Students who forge notes or phone calls or impersonate a parent or guardian will receive a Saturday Work Study. A student caught bringing a forged note will no longer be allowed to bring notes to excuse absences. Students who forge notes or phone calls or impersonate a parent or guardian will receive a Saturday Work Study. A student caught bringing a forged note will no longer be allowed to bring notes to excuse absences. Parents/guardians may not allow the student or another person to act on their behalf in the area of phone calls and notes to excuse student absences – they will be considered forged. Students must attend Saturday Schools that are assigned. One “reschedule” per student per year is allowed if the parent contacts the school AP office by 3:00 p.m. the Friday before.
Any student leaving campus without being signed out or having written permission from a parent or guardian is consider TRUANT. Discipline may be issued if proper procedures are not followed.