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Absence Reporting





Dear Parents/Guardians,


As a way of improving school attendance, Colusa County School districts have implemented SARB (School Attendance Review Board) and have acquired an attendance officer through Colusa County Probation Department to assist with this program. For your information we have listed the applicable Education Codes that are important for your understanding:


According to Section 48200 of the Education Code, each person between the ages of 6 through 18 are subject to compulsory full-time education.


Each person between the ages of 6 and 18 years…is subject to compulsory full time education…shall attend the public full time day school or continuous school or classes…for the full time designated as…the school day by the…school district…Unless otherwise provided for…a pupil shall not be enrolled for less than the minimum school day established by law.


According to Section 48260 of the Education Code, any pupil subject to compulsory full time education who is absent from school without valid excuse 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, or any combination thereof, is a truant and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor.


If, during the investigation of truancy, it is shown that the parent or legal guardian of the truant is responsible for or contributing to the minor not attending school on a regular basis, the parent or legal guardian may be issued a citation for violation of Section 272 of the Penal Code and the case may be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.




             1.         Personal Illness

            2.         Quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer

            3.         Medical, dental, optometric, or chiropractic appointments for student

            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. 

            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)

  1. Appearance in court
  2. Attendance at a funeral service
  3. Observation of a holiday or ceremony of his/her religion
  4. Attendance at religious retreats not to exceed four hours per semester
  5. Attendance at an employment conference
  6. Attendance at an educational conference offered by a nonprofit organization on the legislative or judicial process
  7. Service as a member of a precinct board for an election pursuant to Elections Code 12302 (Education Code 48205) (cf. 6142.3 Civic Education)
  8. 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)
  9. Participation in religious exercises or to receive moral and religious instruction in accordance with district policy (Education Code 46014):
    1. In such instances, the student shall attend at least the minimum school day
    2. The student shall be excused for this purpose no more than five days per school month

Parents are responsible for notifying the school regarding their child’s absences.   Absences not cleared within a reasonable time will be considered unexcused.  Parents must adhere to the school calendar and plan vacations accordingly.  Vacations taken during school days are considered unexcused absences unless upon prior notification to the school, an alternative educational program is designed and approved by the school site administrator



Students must be in school all day on the day of any activity, whether a sports event or extracurricular event, to have attendance/participation privileges.  Students absent from school with an unexcused absence earlier in the day, may not attend a school function.  Students on any suspension are excluded from all extra-curricular activity for an entire 24 hours/period day.