•  Attendance is important! 

    While San Pasqual Union values regular attendance, we recognize that students may need to stay home to keep everyone healthy. With that in mind, our attendance incentive programs are on hold for this school year. Continue to communicate with the health office about absences.

    Parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to monitor their children for signs of infectious illness every day. Students who are sick or have symptoms should not attend school in-person. 

    School attendance is required by law and students are expected to be at school each and every day (EdCode 48200). Each absence from school must be reported within 24 hours to the Attendance Office at (760) 745-4931 x1103 by a parent/guardian, as required by state law.  Notify the school every day that a student is absent.  The attendance office requests parents email absence notes to rather than sending students to the office before school as was done in the past. 

    Per BP 5113, the Board of Trustees believes that regular attendance plays an important role in student achievement.  The Board shall work with parents/guardians and students to ensure their compliance with all state attendance laws, and may use appropriate legal means to correct problems of chronic absences or truancy (see Attachment 23).  Absences pursuant to this section are deemed to be absences in computing average daily attendance (ADA) and shall not generate state apportionment payments. In other words, student absences impact education funding.

    Excused absences are those due to an illness including mental and behavioral health, a medical appointment, a court appearance, a death in the family, a religious holiday, or cultural ceremony/event.  Please understand that all absences are considered unexcused until the school receives confirmation from a parent/guardian.  Students arriving late to school, for any reason, are required to check in at the Main Office and receive a pass to class. 

    Compulsory Education (EC 48200)— Each child between the ages of 6 and 18 shall be subject to compulsory full-time education.  

    Absences (EC 48260)—Any pupil subject to compulsory full-time education or to compulsory continuing education who is absent from school without valid excuse three full days in one school year or tardy or absent for more than any 30-minute period during the school day without a valid excuse on three occasions in one school year, or any combination thereof, is truant and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor or to the superintendent of the school district. 

    Chronically Absent (EC 60901c1)—defines a chronic absentee as a pupil who is absent 10 percent or more of the school days in the school when the total number of days a pupil is absent is divided by the total number of days the pupil is enrolled and school was actually taught. School personnel may require parents to provide the school with a doctor’s explanation of the health issues that are keeping the student from attending school. Chronically absent is terms for revocation of an Interdistrict Transfer. 

    Truancy (EC 48260 et. seq.)—Per EdCode 48260, a pupil who is absent from school without a valid excuse for three full days in one school year shall be classified as truant. Upon a pupil's initial classification as a truant, the school district shall notify the pupil's parents, by first-class mail or other reasonable means, of the following: (a) That the pupil is truant; (b) That the parents are obligated to compel the attendance of the pupil at school; (c) That parents who fail to meet this obligation may be guilty of an infraction and subject to prosecution; (d) That alternative educational programs are available in the district; (e) That the parents have the right to meet with appropriate school personnel to discuss solutions to the pupil's truancy; (f) That the pupil may be subject to prosecution; (g) That the pupil may be subject to suspension, restriction, or delay of the pupil's driving privilege; and (h) That it is recommended that a parent accompany the pupil to school and attend classes with the pupil for one day.

    School Attendance Review Board (SARB) (EC 48263)—If any minor is a habitual truant, or is irregular in attendance at school, the pupil may be referred to a SARB to create a plan for improved school attendance. The supervisor of attendance or designee shall notify the minor and parents of the referral. 

    Independent Study Contract — If a student is pre-planning an extended absence of three or more days consecutive days, the student may be eligible for an Independent Study Contract.  Contracts are available through the Attendance Office and must be signed by both a parent and the student at least one week before the student’s absence begins.  Special consideration is granted for emergencies and illness.  Students may receive both academic and attendance credit for assignments completed and returned under a study contract.