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Student Attendance

Why is School Attendance Important?

Students must attend school regularly to achieve in the classroom. Parents who make regular school attendance a top priority help their children become dependable and responsible. The importance of being in school every school day applies to students at all grade levels. Children in the primary grades (kindergarten through third) should set a pattern of regular attendance early in their school careers. The habit will carry over through high school and beyond.

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 Why does school attendance make a difference?

One of the most important things families can do to help their children succeed is to make sure they attend school regularly. Students might skip school once or twice on a whim, but when they frequently miss school, they need help. Left unchecked, truancy can have strong negative effects on students’ lives. It can block future opportunities and lead to drug use, daytime crime and violence.

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Why Should Children go to School?

 

 

California Education Code stipulates that “Each person between the ages of 6 and 18 years...is subject to compulsory fulltime education.” In other words, theymust go to school.

There are many reasons why children should not miss school or class. First of all, 90% of success is showing up! Statistics show skipping school is directly linked to poor grades or frustrations in learning.

Students who miss just (1) one day of school fall at least three (3) days behind their peers in the classroom. This leads to low self-esteem and eventually to low perceptions of the likelihood of graduating.

Missing school not only weakens a child’s confidence in his or her ability to do schoolwork, but also school truancy in grades K-6 is the main precursor for more serious behaviors at the 7-12 grade levels.

 

 

TUSD Attendance Policy

 

1. EXCUSED ABSENCES (C.A.C. Title 5, Sec. 420)

Absences listed below are excused when verified in accordance with the Education Code and Board Policy:

     A. Illness.

     B. Quarantine directed by county or city health officer.

     C. Medical, dental, or optometrical services rendered:

          1. Students are encouraged to make medical appointments after school hours. If this is not possible, then students           must return to school immediately after an appointment.

          2. (TK-6) If a student must miss school for a medical appointment, the name of the doctor and/or clinic must be                 listed on the verifying note.

          3. (7-12) Students will be released for and receive excused absences for appointments only on the written                         approval of parents or guardians. (The only exception shall be for those students whose parents or guardians have           provided annual written consent to the school to release and excuse their child(ren) upon doctor verification.

      D. Attending funeral services of a member of the pupil’s immediate family as defined in E.C. 45194, so long as such         absence is not more than one day if the service is conducted in California and not more than three days if the service       is conducted outside of California.

 

Students shall be permitted to make up missed school assignments.

(TK-6) Responsibility for requesting missed work lies with student/parent. The teacher will determine the length of time the student has to make up work.

(7-12) Students shall be allowed two school-days for each day of absence to make up the work. The time for make-up may be extended by the teacher. Responsibility for requesting missed work lies with the student

 

2. ABSENCES EXCUSED FOR PERSONAL REASONS (PRIOR APPROVAL REQUIRED) (E.C. 48205)

     A. A pupil’s absence shall be allowed provided the absence is for one of the following justifiable personal

reasons:

          1. An appearance in court.

          2. (7-12 only) An employment conference.

          3. A pupil/family hardship situation, as authorized by the principal.

          4. An observance of a holiday or ceremony of the pupil’s religion.

          5. Attendance at religious retreats not to exceed four (4) hours per semester.

          6. Attending a funeral service of a person who is not an immediate family Member.

     B. PRIOR to an absence described in this regulation, a signed parental request must be received and approved by           the principal or administrative designee.

     C. Only in the case of extreme emergency will the principal approve an absence after the absence occurs.

  • A pupil whose absence is excused according to the above conditions shall be allowed make-up privileges.
  • (TK-6 Student/parent) (7-12 Students) shall make arrangements with the teacher to make up missed work prior to the absence.
  • Students shall be allowed two schooldays for each day of absence to make up the work. The time for make-up may be extended by the teacher.
  • Responsibility for requesting missed work lies with (TK-6 student/parent) (7-12 student).

 

3. ABSENCES EXCUSED/RELEASE TIME FOR RELIGIOUS EXERCISES AND INSTRUCTION (PRIOR NOTIFICATION REQUIRED) (E.C. 46014)

The District will allow release time for students to participate in religious exercises or to receive moral and religious instruction. A student’s absence will be considered excused, with full rights to make up tests and homework, if the following conditions are complied with:

     A. The student has the written consent of his/her parent or guardian indicating the time the student is to be released from school. The written consent must be submitted to the school two days prior to release from school.

     B. Verification of attendance at the designated exercise is provided to the school on the first day after the absence.

     C. The student attends school on the day of the absence for at least the minimum day (as defined by the Education Code): Kindergarten (180 minutes), Grades 1-3 (230 minutes), Grades 4-12 (240 minutes).

     D. No pupil shall be excused from school for such purpose on more than four days per school year.

  • A student whose absence is authorized according to the above conditions shall be allowed make-up privileges.
  • (TK-6 Student/parent) (7-12 Students) shall make arrangements with the teacher to make up missed work prior to the absence.
  • Students shall be allowed two schooldays for each day of absence to make up the work.
  • The time for make-up may be extended by the teacher.
  • Responsibility for requesting missed work lies with (TK-6 student/parent) (7-12 student).
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4. UNEXCUSED ABSENCES FOR PERSONAL REASONS MADE UP IN SATURDAY SCHOOL (NO PRIOR APPROVAL) (E.C. 37223, 48205)

     A. (TK-6) Students who are absent for personal reasons and who did NOT receive prior approval from the school administrator may be assigned a consequence such as detention, in-school suspension, or Saturday School to make up class work missed because of the unexcused absence.

     B. (7-12) Students who are absent for personal reasons and who did NOT receive prior approval from the school administrator may be assigned to Saturday School to make up class work missed because of the unexcused absence. Absences will be considered unexcused and may affect extra-curricular eligibility if not cleared within seven (7) school days after the student returns from the absence.

 

5. SUSPENSION AND ASSIGNMENT MAKE-UP (E.C. 48913)

     A. Suspensions assignment make-up may be allowed if requested by the student or parent.

     B. The responsibility of obtaining and doing class work lies with the student/parent. The teacher may require the student to complete any assignments and tests missed during the suspension.

Truancy/Unexcused Absences (E.C. 37223)

 

TRUANCY/UNEXCUSED (E.C. 48260-48263, 48900 k, 49164)

Students may not be absent from school without approval of the school. (7-12) Absences will be considered unexcused and may affect extra-curricular eligibility if not cleared within seven (7) school days after the student returns from the absence. The following represents the procedures which will be followed when a student is absent from school without a valid excuse or is tardy without the school’s approval in excess of 30 minutes.

 

1st Unexcused Absence (Phone Call Home)--The student and parents will be informed of the mandatory attendance laws and the District’s pertinent policy and procedures. The student will be instructed to attend all classes. Failure to do so shall be treated as “defiance of authority.” (7-12)

 

3rd Unexcused Absence (Truancy Letter)-- The student and parents will be informed of the mandatory attendance laws by letter. The student will be instructed to attend all classes. Failure to do so shall be treated as “defiance of authority.” (TK-12) The student is a legal truant (absent from school without a valid excuse for three (3) days or tardy in excess of 30 minutes on each of three (3) or more days). (E.C. 48260) (E.C. 48260.5) The school may recommend that the parent/guardian attend school one day with the student.

 

5th Unexcused Absence (SART/Home Visit) -- Student will be referred to a school administrator/designee. The student is now a legal habitual truant and shall be within the jurisdiction of the juvenile court which may adjudge the pupil to be a ward of the court. (E.C. 48262) (WIC 601) The school administrator shall call and hold a SART conference. Parents and student are again informed that failure to follow the school’s directive to attend classes will be “defiance of authority” and will be grounds for referral to the School Attendance Review Board and/or (7-12) involuntary transfer to an alternative education program.

 

10th Unexcused Absence (DARC/Home Visit)--Student will be referred to a school administrator/designee. The student is now a legal habitual truant and shall be within the jurisdiction of the juvenile court which may adjudge the pupil to be a ward of the court. (E.C. 48262) (WIC 601) The District Office shall call and hold a DARC conference. Parents and student are again informed that failure to follow the school’s directive to attend classes will be “defiance of authority” and will be grounds for referral to the School Attendance Review Board and/or (7-12) involuntary transfer to an alternative education program.

 

Failure to Comply with DARC Directives Refer to (SARB)-- A letter shall be sent certified or by using “proof of service” method to the parents/guardians informing them that their student has had additional incidents of truancy since being declared a legal habitual truant (E.C. 48262) and has been in “persistent defiance of authority.” Parent and student may be referred to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB).

Excessive Absenteeism

Once a pupil accumulates 10 absences (excused or unexcused) during one school year:

 

  1. A school administrator may place the student on Attendance Supervision which imposes a requirement that additional absences must be verified by a licensed medical practitioner or the School Health Office. (C.A.C. Title 5 sec. 421 b)
  2. A student may not be placed on Attendance Supervision unless the parent/guardian has been notified previously in conference or by letter of the District’s excessive absence process after that student has been absent 10 days or more.
  3. Once a student has been placed on Attendance Supervision, a school administrator shall call and hold a SART conference. Parent/guardian will again be informed of the District’s excessive absence process. If the parent/guardian cannot be contacted, the administrator/ designee will hold a conference with the student and a certified letter shall be sent informing the parent/guardian that the student is placed on Attendance Supervision and the pertinent provisions of the excessive absence process.
  4. Parents of a student who is absent from school five (5) or more times without the required verification from a doctor are subject to being referred to the School Attendance Review Board. (E.C. 48320-48324)

 

Note: Written notification will be sent to the parents of a student who is absent from school for a total of three (3) days, 10 days, and 15 days without valid excuse. These notifications will be mailed for absences that are either unexcused or unverified.

Tardy Policy Grades 7-12

Turlock Unified School District
 Tardy Policy

Grades 7-12

Positive Behavior Interventions/Supports Provided at Each Step

Classroom Procedures

Periods 1-6

Tardy

Student Arrives After Bell, Teacher Records Tardy (Aeries)

Unexcused Absence

Student Arrives 30+ Minutes After Bell, (Unexcused Absence)

DMS and TJHS (Reset Quarter)

Step 1

3rd Tardy

Verbal Warning (Campus Supervisor)

Step 2

6th Tardy

Detention (Campus Supervisor)

Step 3

9th Tardy

2 Detentions (Dean)

Step 4

12th Tardy

Loss of Privileges (Parent Conference)

Step 5

15th Tardy

Work Detail or 3 Detentions (Dean)

Step 6

18th Tardy

2 Work Details or 6 Detentions (Dean)

Step 7

21st Tardy

Possible Suspension (Parent Conference)

Step 8

24th Tardy

Suspension (Parent Conference)

PHS and THS (Reset Semester)

Step 1

3rd Tardy

Verbal Warning (Campus Supervisor)

Step 2

6th Tardy

Detention (Campus Supervisor)

Step 3

9th Tardy

2 Detentions (Dean)

Step 4

12th Tardy

Work Detail (Dean)

Step 5

15th Tardy

2 Work Details (Dean)

Step 6

18th Tardy

Suspension (Parent Conference)

Step 7

21st Tardy

3d Suspension (Parent Conference)

Step 8

24th Tardy

5d Suspension (Consider Alternative Programs)

Tardy Policy Definitions

What is considered “TARDY”?

  • A student arrives 10 or fewer minutes into a class period.

What is considered a "CUT"?

  • A student arrives between 10-30 minutes into a class period. Teacher will record unexcused absence and behavior will be considered defiance of school rules and not a tardy. 

What is considered "Truant"?

  • A student arrives to class 30 or more minutes after the tardy bell. (Any student arriving after 30 minutes should be immediately sent to the office.)

What is the “TARDY” process for Teachers?

  • Once tardy bell rings, student shall be coming through the door or already in classroom.
  • Teachers shall close their doors after the tardy bell rings.
  • Tardy students shall only be allowed into the classroom by the teacher.
  • Teacher opens door and “questions” student as to why he/she is tardy.
  • Teacher takes attendance and marks student tardy (if the student arrived after the tardy bell, but before teacher takes roll) otherwise student is marked unexcused on Aeries.

What happens to students after Step 8?

  • Consequences for any tardy subsequent to Step 8 are determined at the discretion of the site administration.

When does the TARDY RESET to Step 1?

  • For middle school students, Step 1 is reset to zero each Quarter.
  •  For high school students, Step 1 is reset to zero each Semester.

 

LATE IN EXCESS OF 30 MINUTES

If a student is late in excess of 30 minutes, he/she is truant according to E.C. 48260 and must obtain a re-admit slip from the attendance office indicating “truancy.”

School Attendance Review Board (SARB)

The Education Code provides for the establishment of School Attendance Review Boards to meet the special needs of pupils with school attendance problems or school behavior problems. The School Attendance Review Board may include a parent and representatives of (1) the school, (2) the County Probation Department, (3) County Welfare Department, and (4) a representative of the County Superintendent of Schools.

SARB has the authority to recommend that parents and students take certain measures to correct inappropriate behavior, refer the pupil to community agencies for assistance, or suggest adjustments to the school assignment.

The parent/guardian of any pupil who fails to comply with the directives of SARB, unless excused or exempted therefrom, is guilty of an infraction and shall be punished as follows:

 

  1. Upon conviction, by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars ($100).
  2. Upon a second conviction, by a fine of not more than two hundred fifty dollars ($250).
  3. Upon a third or subsequent conviction, by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500).
  4. In lieu of imposing the fines prescribed in numbers (1) and (2), the court may order such person to be placed in a parent education and counseling program.