School attendance is necessary for our students to achieve at high levels. Education code mandates compulsory school attendance between the ages of 6 and 18. Students are considered truant when they have missed more than 30 minutes of instruction without a valid excuse three times during the course of a school year. Education Code identifies which reasons a student shall be excused from school:
- due to his or her illness,
- due to quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer,
- for the purpose of having medical, dental, optometrical, or chiropractic services rendered,
- for the purpose of attending the funeral services of a member of his or her immediate family, so long as the 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,
- for justifiable personal reasons, including, but not limited to, an appearance in court, observance of a holiday or ceremony of his or her religion, attendance at religious retreats, when the pupil's absence has been requested in writing by the parent or guardian and approved by the principal,
- attendance at an education conference on the legislative or judicial process offered by a nonprofit organization.
The School District provides support through the School Attendance Review Team which meets weekly with students and their parents with school attendance problems. The purpose of these meetings are to develop plans to improve the attendance of the student and reduce the number of referrals to the East County School attendance Review Board and the Juvenile Justice System.