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Independent Study, Attendance, and Truancy

  • Independent Study, Attendance and Truancy
     
    Attendance in school is vital to a child's success in learning.  If your child is absent, please call Claudia Carnesecca or Kaitlyn Poole in the front office at 707-421-4225.
     

    Truancy Letters
     
    Truancy letters are generated any time a student accrues any combination of 3 truant tardies, unexcused absences, or any time a student is signed-out more than 30 minutes early for unexcused reasons.
     
    Excused absences include a doctor appointment, funeral for immediate family, court date, illness, or religious holiday.  If a student is ill more than 3 days, a doctor's note must be provided.  Absences should be excused by the parent/guardian within 3 days of the absence.  Any unreported absences become unexcused.  A truant tardy is any time a student reports to school more than 30 minutes late.  Excused reasons for being tardy or signing out a student more more than 30 minutes before the end of the school day are the same as excused absences.  Excused reasons only apply to the student reported, they do not extend to the parent.
     
     
    Chronic Absence Letters
     
    Parents with a student who has missed 10% or more of the school days in the school year will be receiving a chronic absence letter.  This is regardless of whether the absences are excused or unexcused.  This letter does not count towards truancy and does not include days covered by Independent Study contracts.
     
    For more information on excused absences or tardies, and chronic absence letters please refer to Education Codes 48205 and 60901, or the FSUSD website under Student Services.
     

    INDEPENDENT STUDY

    Independent Study for Middle School Students

     

    Short-Term Independent Study may be an option for students who have unavoidable absences and will be absent for a minimum of five (5) and no more than ten(10) consecutive days. Eligible students may have their parent apply for a Short-Term Independent Study contract at the school attendance office at least two (2) weeks prior to the student absence begins. The Assistant Principal review the eligibility and will contact parents by email.

     

    Eligibility Requirements for Middle School

     

    Academic:  A 2.0 Grade Point Average and no more than one (1) D or F as determined by the most recent progress report or quarter grades are required.

     

    Attendance Requirements:  No more than 18 periods of unexcused absence or 3 unexcused absences at the time of the requested Independent Study.

     

    If a student does not meet the eligibility requirements for a Short-Term Independent Study contract, the absences will be considered to be “unexcused”, and will be added in when considering truancy referrals for the student.  If a student is marked unexcused, the work that is missed will be marked as zero. Short-Term Independent Study contracts will not be issued during state testing periods(month of May) nor during finals weeks which are the last week of each semester (the week before Winter Break and the last week of school). There can be no more than two (2) Short-Term Independent Study contracts granted per student per school year.



    Independent Study for Elementary Students

     

    Short-Term Independent Study may be an option for students who have unavoidable absences and will be absent for five (5) to ten(10) consecutive days. Eligible students may have their parent apply for a Short-Term Independent Study contract at the school attendance office at least two (2) weeks prior to the student absence begins.

     

    Eligibility Requirements for Elementary

     

    Academics: Students in Kinder through third (3rd) grade must have Proficient in reading and math. The student must have a reading level of proficient on the RQC (Reading Quick Check) test.  Students in 4th and 5th should have a C or higher in reading and math.

     

    Attendance: Students who have less than 3 unexcused absences at the time of the requested Independent Study.

     

    If a student does not meet the eligibility requirements for a Short-Term Independent Study contract, the absences will be considered to be “unexcused”, and will be added in when considering truancy referrals for the student. Short-Term Independent Study contracts will not be issued during state testing periods nor during the week prior to Winter Break.. There can be no more than two (2) Short-Term Independent Study contracts granted per student per school year.

    Independent Study for Middle School Students

    El Estudio Independiente a Corto Plazo puede ser una opción para estudiantes que tienen ausencias inevitables y estará ausente por un mínimo de cinco (5) y no más de diez (10) días consecutivos. Los estudiantes elegibles pueden hacer que sus padres soliciten un contrato de Estudio Independiente a Corto Plazo en la oficina de asistencia escolar por lo menos dos (2) semanas antes de que comience la ausencia del estudiante.

     

    Requisitos de elegibilidad para la escuela secundaria

     

    Académico: Un promedio de calificaciones de 2.0 y no más de una (1) F según lo determinado por el informe de progreso más reciente o las calificaciones de trimestre son obligatorias.

     

    Requisitos de asistencia: No más de 18 períodos de ausencia injustificada o 3 ausencias injustificadas al momento del Estudio Independiente solicitado.

     

    Si un estudiante no cumple con los requisitos de elegibilidad para un contrato de Estudio Independiente a Corto Plazo, las ausencias se considerarán "injustificadas" y se agregarán cuando se consideren las derivaciones de absentismo escolar para el alumno. Los contratos de Estudios Independientes a Corto Plazo no se emitirán durante los períodos de exámenes estatales (mes de mayo) ni durante las semanas finales que son la última semana de cada semestre (la semana anterior a las vacaciones de invierno y la última semana de clases). No puede haber más de dos (2) contratos de Estudio Independiente a Corto Plazo otorgados por estudiante por año escolar.

     

    Estudio independiente para estudiantes de primaria

     

    El Estudio Independiente a Corto Plazo puede ser una opción para estudiantes que tienen ausencias inevitables y estará ausente por cinco (5) a diez (10) días consecutivos. Los estudiantes elegibles pueden hacer que sus padres soliciten un contrato de Estudio Independiente a Corto Plazo en la oficina de asistencia escolar por lo menos dos (2) semanas antes de que comience la ausencia del estudiante.

     

    Requisitos de Elegibilidad para Primaria

     

    Académicos: Los estudiantes de Kinder hasta tercer (3er) grado deben ser Competentes en lectura y matemáticas. El estudiante debe tener un nivel de lectura de competencia en la prueba RQC (Reading Quick Check). Los estudiantes de 4to y 5to deben tener una C o más en lectura y matemáticas.

     

    Asistencia: Estudiantes que tienen menos de 3 ausencias injustificadas al momento del Estudio Independiente solicitado.

     

    Si un estudiante no cumple con los requisitos de elegibilidad para un contrato de Estudio Independiente a Corto Plazo, las ausencias se considerarán "injustificadas" y se agregarán cuando se consideren las derivaciones de absentismo escolar para el alumno. Los contratos de Estudio Independiente a Corto Plazo no se emitirán durante los períodos de exámenes estatales ni durante la semana anterior a las vacaciones de invierno. No puede haber más de dos (2) contratos de Estudio Independiente a Corto Plazo otorgados por estudiante por año escolar.