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Attendance & Absenteeism
Attendance & Absenteeism
Students are expected to be in class on time daily to receive maximum benefits from the instructional program. CA Ed Code states that students between the ages of 6 and 18 are required to attend school full-time. It’s the law. We do understand that sometimes missing school is unavoidable, but studies show that students who are habitually absent fall behind academically and have a tremendously difficult time catching up.
All absences must be verified by a parent or guardian. If your student is absent, please call and leave a message on the absence line or email the Attendance Clerk, Tara Gallagher firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rocklin Unified School District authorizes certain absences to be classified as “excused” if they are for the following reasons:
- Personal illness or injury.
- Quarantine under direction of a health officer.
- Personal medical, dental, optometrical, or chiropractic appointment.
- Funeral/memorial service for a member of the immediate family.
- Court Appearance
- Observance of a religious holiday or ceremony.
- For the purpose of spending time with a member of the pupil’s immediate family who is an active duty member of the military.
Tenth (10th) excused absence:
Chronic/Excessive letter # 1 sent home.
Fourteenth (14th) excused absence:
Chronic/Excessive letter #2 is sent home and a Student Study Team meeting is scheduled.
Fifteenth (15th) excused absence:
A doctor’s note is mandatory. Without a doctor’s note, absence is unexcused and the truancy process begins.
The following are examples of what are considered truancies or unexcused absences during the regular school year. A truancy occurs if a student engages in the following or the like:
- Family vacation.
- Babysitting, taking care of other family members.
- Personal problems.
- Repairing car or household items.
- Waiting for service or repair people to arrive.
- Attending a sporting event.
- Missing the bus.
All absences not cleared with the school office with a phone call or note from the parent/guardian within 3 days of the absence will be marked as an unexcused absence.
EC 48260: Any pupil subject to full-time education or to compulsory education who is absent from school without valid excuse more than three days or tardy or absent for more than an 30-minute period during the school day without a valid excuse on three occasions in one school year, or any combination therefore, is a truant and shall be reported to the Attendance Supervisor.
EC 48263.6: Chronic truant is defined as any pupil (K-12 grade) subject to continuing education who is absent from school without an excuse for 10% or more of the school days in one year, from the date of enrollment to current date.
When a parent takes their child out of school early, for reasons not acceptable as excused, for longer than a 30-minute period, more than three times during the school year, that child is defined as a truant.
Third (3rd) unexcused absence:
Classified as a Truant, SARB letter #1 sent to home.
Sixth (6th) unexcused absence:
SARB letter # 2 sent home.
Ninth (9th) unexcused absence:
Classified as a Habitual Truant, SARB letter # 3 sent home and SART conference scheduled at the school site.
The School Attendance Review Team (SART) includes the parent, student, Principal or designee, and may include a counselor, teachers, and School Resource Officer. The goal of the team is to identify possible solutions to improving the student’s attendance and/or behavior.
If the attendance pattern continues to be unsatisfactory, a referral to (School Attendance Review Board) SARB shall be made by the school site. The parent/guardian and student will be summoned to appear at a SARB hearing.
What do I do if my child arrives late?
All students arriving late MUST Check In to get a Tardy Slip.
Please be sure to call ahead and leave a message on the absence line or send a note with your child. When they arrive, have them check in at the attendance window prior to walking to class.
What do I do if my child calls/texts me that they are feeling sick at school?
If you receive a phone call/text message from your child stating they are sick, have your child report to the Health Office immediately. The nurse will check them out to go home if necessary. If your child leaves without checking out, it will be considered a cut and result in disciplinary action.
What do I do if my child needs to leave early?
Send a note with your child to bring into the Main Office in the morning, or call the absence line and leave a message in advance. Students will then receive a pass to meet you at the Main Office at the designated time. Please come inside our Main Office to sign them out. This is the most efficient way to ensure your student is excused on time.