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Attendance

Attendance policy

 

State law requires people between the ages of 6-18 to attend school full time, unless they are otherwise exempted.  The staff at Newark Memorial believes it is the primary responsibility of the students and their parents to see that the requirements of the mandatory attendance law are met.  However, the staff is also organized to assist students and their parents in this endeavor.

 

Education Code 48260:  Any student who is absent from school without a valid excuse three (3) full days in one school year, or tardy or absent on three (3) occasions for more than any 30 minute period during the school year or any combination thereof, is a truant and shall be reported to the Superintendent or designee (ED 48260).

 

Education Code 48260.5:  The parent or guardian is to compel the attendance of the pupil at school.  Parents or guardians who fail to meet this obligation may be guilty of an infraction and are subject to prosecution (minimum fine of $271).

 

School-Wide Attendance Policy

Newark Memorial High School will contact the homes of each student who is absent for whom no parent note or call has been received excusing the absence.  The school may also apply consequences for unexcused absences.  Students may be referred to an Attendance Review Board (SARB) hearing.

 

Absences for Justifiable Personal Reasons

Upon your written request and approval by the school principal, your child may be excused from school for justifiable personal reasons such as an appearance in court, attendance at a funeral service, observation of a religious holiday or ceremony of his/her religion, attendance at religious retreats or an employment conference. In addition, if a student is the custodial parent of a child, his/her absence shall be excused when the child is ill or has a medical appointment during school hours. Education Code 48205.7

 

Absences for Religious Purposes

After completing a minimum day, students who have written permission from their parents or guardians may be excused from school to attend religious services at a place away from school. Such absences are limited to four times per month. Education Code 46014

 

Confidential Medical Services

School authorities may excuse any pupil in grades 7-12 from school for the purpose of obtaining confidential medical services without the consent of the pupil’s parent or guardian. Education Code

46010.1

 

School Attendance Review Board (SARB)

SARB was established in Newark Unified to develop new ways of coordinating school, community and home efforts to deal with student attendance and behavior problems. Education Code, State of California, deals with truancy in the following sections:

 

48260 Any pupil subject to compulsory full-time education or to compulsory continuation 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 year or any combination thereof, is

a truant and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor or to the superintendent of the school district.

 

48290.5 The parent or guardian is obligated to compel the attendance of the pupil at school. Parents or guardians who fail to meet this obligation may be guilty of an infraction and is subject to prosecution. Parents or guardians have the right to meet with appropriate school personnel to discuss solutions to the pupil’s truancy.

 

48261 Any pupil who has once been reported as a truant and who is again absent from school without valid excuse one or more days, or tardy for more than any 30-minute period on one or more days, shall again be reported as a truant to the attendance supervisor or the superintendent of the school district.

 

48261 Any pupil who has once been reported as a truant and who is again absent from school without valid excuse one or more days, or tardy for more than any 30-minute period on one or more days, shall again be reported as a truant to the attendance supervisor or the superintendent of the school district.

 

48262 Any pupil is deemed an habitual truant who has been reported as a truant more than three times per school year, provided that no pupil shall be deemed an habitual truant unless an appropriate district officer or employee has made a conscientious effort to hold at least one conference with a parent or guardian of the pupil and the pupil himself, after the filling of either of the reports required by Section 48260 or Section 48261.

As a result of this part of the Education Code, students found in violation of attendance and /or tardy regulations may be requested to appear before the district’s School Attendance Review Board, SARB. A

SARB hearing is scheduled when all attempts at the classroom and school level have failed to remedy the attendance / tardy problem.

The SARB panel is typically composed of the district’s School Resource Officers, District Nurse, Site

Administrator, a representative from district administration, and a representative from a community based counseling service.

SARB hearings are convened to identify the causes of truancy. The student and parents are required to attend. At the conclusion of the hearing, a written attendance contract is generated and timelines and monitoring procedures are developed. The parent and student must sign the SARB contract. If the student and parent fail to comply with the SARB contract, the parents are referred to the District Attorney’s office for prosecution.

For grades 11 and 12, failure to comply with the attendance contract will result in the revocation or non issuing of work permits and may result in the district petitioning the court to revoke or delay the issuance of a California Driver’s License. (Vehicle Code 13202.7