Any student is truant if absent from school without a valid excuse for 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. A student found to be truant will be given a referral by the teacher. Students who are habitually truant are in violation of the Education Code and are subject to referral to the justice court system (Ed Code 48264.5 Truancies, BP #5113.1/ AR#5113.1).
An auto dialer may call the student’s home for period and/or daily absences. After three unexcused absences the administration will generate the first truancy letter. A parent conference may be set up and the student placed on an attendance contract. Violation of the contract will lead to a second truancy letter and possible referral to the district attorney’s office.