Attendance » Attendance


If your child misses schools please give us a call or email:


[email protected]

[email protected]

760-868-4424 ext. 42006


Attendance Laws

California Education Code Section 48200 states that every person between the age of 6 and 18 is subject to compulsory, full-time education. The only exceptions to this law are:


Passing of the high school proficiency examination by the minor Attendance at a recognized private school


Individuals and organizations that operate private schools in California are required to annually file a California Department of Education Private School affidavit with the State of California on or before October 15th of each year. Parents interested in filing a private school affidavit may obtain additional information through the CDE web site:          


Any student absent from school without a valid excuse for more than three (3) days, or tardy in excess of thirty (30) minutes for more than (3) days (consecutive or non-consecutive), is considered to be truant under CA ED Code Section 48260.


According to district policy, you have ten (10) school days to verify an absence in accordance with the Compulsory Education law. In addition, any time your child is late or tardy to school a note is required.

SJUSD BOARD POLICY 5113 – Absences and Excuses (Education Code 48205)

A student's absence shall be excused for the following reasons:
  1. Personal illness
  2. Quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer
  3. Medical, dental, optometrical, or chiropractic appointment
  4. Attendance at funeral services for a member of the immediate family, which shall be limited to one day if the service is conducted in California or three days if the service is conducted out of state.
Immediate family shall be defined as mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, spouse, son/son-in-law, daughter/daughter-in-law, brother, sister, or any relative living in the student's immediate household. (Education Code 45194, 48205)
     5. Jury duty in the manner provided by law
     6. The illness or medical appointment during school hours of a child to whom the student is the custodial parent
     7. Upon advance written request by the parent/guardian and the approval of the principal or designee, justifiable personal reasons including, but not limited to: (Education Code 48205)
            a. Appearance in court
            b. Attendance at a funeral service
            c. Observation of a holiday or ceremony of his/her religion
            d. Attendance at religious retreats not to exceed four hours per semester
            e. Attendance at an employment conference
            f. Attendance at an educational conference offered by a nonprofit organization on the legislative or judicial process
      8. Service as a member of a precinct board for an election pursuant to Elections Code 12302
      9. To spend time with his/her immediate family member who is an active duty member of the uniformed services, as defined in Education Code 49701, and has been called to duty for deployment to a combat zone or a combat support position or is on leave from or has immediately returned from such deployment
      10. Participation in religious exercises or to receive moral and religious instruction in accordance with district policy: (Education Code 46014)
             a. In such instances, the student shall attend at least the minimum school day.
             b. The student shall be excused for this purpose on no more than four days per school month

Method of Verification
When a student who has been absent returns to school, he/she shall present a satisfactory explanation verifying the reason for the absence. Absences shall be verified by the student's parent/guardian, other person having control of the minor, or the student if age 18 or older. (Education Code 46012; 5 CCR 306)

The following methods may be used to verify student absences:
   1. Written note, fax, email, or voice mail from parent/guardian or parent representative.
   2. Conversation, in person or by telephone, between the verifying employee and the student's parent/guardian or parent representative. The employee shall subsequently record the following:
              a. Name of student
              b. Name of parent/guardian or parent representative
              c. Name of verifying employee
              d. Date(s) of absence
              e. Reason for absence
   3. Visit to the student's home by the verifying employee, or any other reasonable method which establishes the fact that the student was absent for the reasons stated. The employee shall document the verification and include the information specified in item #2 above.
4. Physician's verification.
             a. When excusing students for confidential medical services or verifying such appointments, district staff shall not ask the purpose of such appointments but may contact a medical office to confirm the time of the appointment.
             b. When a student has had 10 absences in the school year for illness verified by methods listed in #1-3 above, any further absences for illness may be verified by a physician.