What is an Excused Absence?

  • The Governing Board has approved policies regarding excusing absences based on the California Department of Education sanctions. A student’s absence shall be excused for the following reasons:


    1. Personal illness (Education Code 48205)  

    2. Quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer (Education Code 48205) 

    3. Medical, dental, optometric, or chiropractic appointment (Education Code 48205) 
    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 (Education Code 48205)
    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 (Education Code 48205)
    6. The illness or medical appointment during school hours of a child to whom the student is the custodial parent (Education Code 48205)

    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/judicial process


    8. Service as a member of a precinct board for an election pursuant to Elections Code 12302 (Education Code 48205)

    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 (Education Code 48205)
    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.