Attendance, Tardies, Absences

Daily Attendance Matters

Students are expected to attend school every day. Children who miss school miss out on opportunities to learn, build lasting friendships, and develop the skills and attitudes needed to become good citizens and valued employees. There is a clear connection between student attendance and student performance in school. This is especially true for English Learners in terms of their gains on the English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics portions of the California Standards Tests (CST).

To learn more, visit the district's Every Day Counts page.

Average Daily Attendance

Student absences also affect school budgets. Schools and school districts get a significant amount of their funding based on the number of students who attend school each day. This is called Average Daily Attendance (ADA). Potential losses in ADA revenue affect all students because they can lead to budget cuts affecting a variety of programs, as well as individual schools.

To learn more, visit the district's Calculating ADA page.

Student Attendance Laws

All children between 6 and 18 years of age are required by California's Education Code. to attend school, and their parents have a legal responsibility to ensure their child's attendance. The law also states that a student's refusal to attend school regularly can result in referral to the community-based School Attendance Review Board (SARB). Juvenile Probation, or the Juvenile Court System. Additionally, parents who fail to compel their child's attendance may face criminal prosecution and penalties.

Excused/Unexcused Absences

Excused absences include those due to illness, medical or dental appointments, funeral services, court appearances, or religious holidays or ceremonies. Unexcused absences include those due to oversleeping, transportation issues, going on vacation, or similar situations. For guidance on when to keep your child home from school due to illness, see the Student Health and Safety.

If your child is absent from school please call (619) 430-1400 ext 3055 and report the nature of your child's absence.

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