4.1.5 What Happens if a Student has Many Unexcused Absences?

What Happens if a Student has Many Unexcused Absences?

(CA Education Code 48260.5)

If a student has unexcused absences, the school will send letters home, call the student’s home, and request meetings with the parent/guardian to develop an action plan and identify any support services the family needs to help the student get to school. 

Here is what families can expect after an unexcused absence:

  • After the 1st and 2nd unexcused absences, the school will call the student’s home.
  • After 3 unexcused absences (as defined above), the District will send the student’s parent/caregiver a “1st Declaration of Legal Truant” letter and a student support meeting could be requested. If the unexcused absences continue during the same school year, the District will send the student’s parent/caregiver a “2nd Declaration of Legal Truant” letter and a student support meeting will be offered.
  • If the unexcused absences continue during the same school year, the District will send the student’s parent/caregiver a “3rd  Declaration of Legal Truant” letter,  and the student will be classified as a Habitual Truant and may be referred to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB). 

Students who continue to have unexcused absences during the same school year may be referred to the District Attorney’s office to be prosecuted for violation of California’s Compulsory Education law. (CA Penal Code 272, CA Education Code 48293)