Attendance

Selected school attendance practices identified as having a positive effect in encouraging students to regularly attend all their high school classes. The following practices have been identified as strategies and activities having a positive effect in encouraging students to regularly attend all their high school classes.

Clarify school standards related to attendance by making sure high school students understand that any unexcused absence of more than 30 minutes counts as an unexcused absence from school by state law (Education Code [EC] Section 48260). This means that "ditching" a single class for more than 30 minutes counts as an unexcused absence during that school day. Three unexcused absences of more than 30 minutes in one school year makes a student a "truant," and parents will be formally notified if their students becomes classified as "truants" (EC Section 48260.5). 

Publicize the consequences of becoming classified as a truant and enforce them consistently. For example, parents should be notified they have a right to meet with appropriate school personnel to discuss solutions to their students' truancy when the student first meets the definition of a truant, and students should be notified that they are subject to suspension, restriction, or delay of their driving privilege pursuant to Section 13202.7 of the Vehicle Code. 

Monitor student attendance and absence through a computerized attendance record-keeping system that keeps track of any unexcused absences that are more than 30 minutes.

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