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Absence and Tardy Codes

Excused Absences and Tardies

There are only nine types of excused absences as defined by California Ed Code Section 48205.

  1.  Illness
  2.  Quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer
  3.  Medical, dental, optometric or chiropractic services
  4.  Funeral service of the student’s immediate family
  5.  Jury duty
  6.  Illness or medical appointment during school hours of a child of whom the student is the custodial parent.
  7.  When requested in writing by a parent AND approved by an administrator, personal reasons such as appearance in court, funeral service, holiday or ceremony of student’s religion or attendance at an employment conference can be considered.
  8.  Serving as a member of a precinct board pursuant to Section 12303 of the Elections Code.
  9.  Spending time with a member of the pupil’s immediate family who is an active duty member of the uniformed services—duration up to the discretion of the district superintendent.  

CODE

DESCRIPTION

VERIFIED or UNVERIFIED

by PARENT

EXCUSED or UNEXCUSED per ED CODE

COUNTS as an

ABSENCE

A

(Marked by Teacher)

Absence Not Yet Verified
Used by teachers to indicate student was absent, reason TBD.

Unverified

Unexcused

YES

B

Unexcused Tardy MORE than 30 Minutes
Student must check in with Attendance Office and is then sent to class. Student does not present a valid excuse. Tardy counts towards truancy accumulation.

Unverified or

Verified

Unexcused

3 = Absence

YES

C

College Visit   
College/University Visit Form must be completed and documentation provided upon return. Up to six days per school year will be excused. Days absent count in accumulation.

Verified

Max 6

Excused

YES

E

Independent Study Contract Completed
Work completed and contract submitted immediately upon return.

Verified

Excused

NO

F

Field Trip

Verified

Excused

NO

H

Home Instruction 
Teacher assigned by administrator to provide instruction in home setting.

Verified

Excused

NO

I

Illness or Medical Appointment 
If appointment is during school day, the Permit to Leave School Grounds slip needs to be signed and returned to Attendance Office.

Verified

Excused

YES

CODE

DESCRIPTION

VERIFIED or UNVERIFIED

by PARENT

EXCUSED or UNEXCUSED per ED CODE

COUNTS as an

ABSENCE

L

Excused Tardy
When student is tardy for reason identified in EC 48205(a), for any length of time, the student must take note to Attendance Office.

Verified

Excused

NO

N

In-school Suspension
Assigned for disciplinary reasons, parents are notified.  Student responsible for make-up work.

Verified

Excused

NO





O

Unexcused Check-out MORE than 30 Minutes

Student must check out with Attendance Office. If student misses more than 30 minutes before the end of the school day without a valid excuse it counts towards truancy accumulation.

Verified

Unexcused

NO


S

Suspension

Assigned for disciplinary reasons, parents are notified.  Make up work at discretion of teacher.

Verified

Unexcused

(Not in Truancy Count)

YES

T

(Marked by Teacher)

Tardy LESS than 30 Minutes Not Yet Verified

Used by teachers to indicate student was tardy.  Student reports directly to class. Student takes parent note to Attendance Office at break, lunch or after school.

Unverified

Unexcused

3 = Absence

YES

U

Parent Explanation for absence is NOT included in EC 48205
Eg. include, but are not limited to:  sleeping in, family vacation, student ditching, student seen on campus.

Verified

Unexcused

YES

V

School Activity
Such as AP test, sports release, ASB assembly prep, etc.

Verified

Excused

NO

U

Parent Explanation for absence is NOT included in EC 48205
Eg. include, but are not limited to:  sleeping in, family vacation, student ditching, student seen on campus.

Verified

Unexcused

YES

V

School Activity
Such as AP test, sports release, ASB assembly prep, etc.

Verified

Excused

NO


W

Administrator Approval for Personal Reasons  
Must be requested in writing in advance. Based on 48260(c), “discretion of school administrators & facts of pupil’s circumstances” such as court appearance, funeral, religious holiday or ceremony

Verified

Excused

YES


X

Excused Absence  
All reasons identified in EC 48205(a) (except illness, medical, admin approval or college visit)

Verified

Excused

YES

Y

Unexcused Tardy LESS than 30 Minutes
Student reports directly to class. Student takes note to Attendance Office at break, lunch or after school.

Verified

Unexcused

3 = Absence

YES

Z

State Emergency  Only used at the direction of an administrator with state authorization.

Verified

Excused

NO