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Berryessa Union School District

Berryessa Union School District

Berryessa union school district attendance policy

Berryessa union school district attendance policy

Student attendance and participation in school is a primary factor for a student’s academic growth and development. Daily attendance is mandatory according to the attendance requirements mandated by Senate Bill 727. There are some excused reasons for not attending school (see below), however, unexcused absences may lead to a student being truant. Below are the guidelines to help understand the requirements for student attendance.

Education Code Requirements:

Education Code Section 48260 – Any pupil subject to full-time education who is absent from school without a valid excuse on three, or more than three, school days or is tardy in excess of 30 minutes in a school day on three or more occasions in one school year, is truant and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor of the superintendent of the school district.

Education Code 48260.5 – (A) Upon a pupil’s initial classification as a truant, the school district shall notify the pupil’s parent/guardian by first-class mail or other reasonable means, of the following: (1) That the pupil is truant. (2) That the parent/guardian is obligated to compel the attendance of the pupil to school. (3) That parents/guardians who fail to meet this obligation may be guilty of an infraction and subject to prosecution pursuant to Article 6 (commencing with Section 48290) of Chap. 2 of Part 27. (4) The parent has the right to meet with appropriate school personnel to discuss solutions. (5) The pupil may be subject to prosecution under the Education Code, Section 48264 (6) It is recommended that the parent or guardian accompany the pupil to school and attend classes with the pupil for one day.

Education Code Section 48261 – Any pupil who has been reported as a truant and who is again absent from school without a valid excuse one or more days or tardy on one or more days, shall again be reported as a truant to the attendance supervisor or the superintendent of the district.

Attendance Guidelines
1. Call your child’s school each day of absence.
a. Make sure to include the student’s first and last name, your first and last name, your relationship to
the student, and the reason for absence
b. You have up to 72 hours from the start of your student’s absence to call in the absence with a valid
reason for it to be excused.

2. If your student is ill for 3 or more days, a doctor’s note confirming the illness is required (mandatory)
a. You may request missing work if your student is absent 3 or more days.

3. Schedule appointments outside of school hours when possible. Vacations are not a valid excuse for

Excessive Unexcused Absence & Truancy Protocol
1. Mandatory meeting with School Attendance Review Team.
2. Referral to District Office for Student Attendance Review Board.
3. Referral to the County Office for a Student Attendance Review Board.
4. Referral to the District Attorney’s Office to pursue charges related to the welfare of your student.
5. If 10 or more consecutive days are unexcused, a student may be dropped and you will be required to re-enroll them.


Excused vs. Unexcused Absences

                                     EXCUSED ABSENCES 

                                          Ed. Code 48205


1. Illness: A doctor's note may be required for extended illness.

1. Absence without an excused or warranted reason, whether the absence is student or parent initiated.

 2. Quarantine: Under the direction of a county or city health officer.

2. Any absence not verified to school Attendance Office within 5 school days.

 3. Medical, dental, optometric, and chiropractic appointments or treatments.

   3. Absence for which advanced approval is necessary and approval was not obtained before the absence.

4. Attending the funeral service of an immediate family member, if the service is conducted within the state, one day of excused absence provided by state law and up to three days if the service is conducted out of state.

   4. Time out of class or school while in temporary custody under the jurisdiction of the Truancy Abatement Burglary Suppression Program, (TABS), unless otherwise indicated by TABS.

5. Jury duty in the manner provided by law.

5. Absences for trips or vacation uless a short-term independent study contract is arranged in advance.

6. Medical appointments of a child of whom the pupil is the custodial parent.


7. Justifiable personal reasons, including, but not limited to, court appearances, observance of a holiday, and religious events/retreats (not to exceed four hours per semester).


8. Serving as a member of a precinct for an election pursuant to Section 12302 of the Elections Code.


A pupil absent from school under this section shall be allowed to complete all assignments and tests missed during the absence that can be reasonably provided and upon completion, within a reasonable period of time, shall be given credit thereafter. Exclusion from school to obtain required immunizations if the absence is not more than five days. EC48216.