• MISSING SCHOOL AFFECTS STUDENT ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE

    It takes an average of three days for a student to catch up for each day of school missed.

    October, 2019

    Dear Parents/Guardians:

    We need your support to help your child be successful in school.  Each day that your child is absent, he/she misses critical instructional time.  The BUSD goal for all students is to maintain a Proficient/Advanced attendance rate of 96% or higher throughout the entire school year.  This means having no more than 7 total absences during the school year.

    Every student is expected to attend school on a daily basis, unless there is valid justification for his/her absence (EC 48260). As you make plans for the upcoming Winter Break from December 23, 2019 through January 3, 2020, we would like to remind you of our attendance policy and state laws regarding attendance.

    According to the California Education Code, students may be excused from school when the absence is due to:

    • Illness.
    • Quarantine
    • Medical, dental, optometric or chiropractic services.
    • Attending the funeral of an immediate family member e.g., mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, brother, sister, or any relative living in the immediate household of the student (one day within the state, three days outside the state)
    • Jury duty.
    • Illness or medical treatment of a child of whom the student is the custodial parent.
    • Religious holidays or ceremonies

    Please remember to notify your child’s school within 3 days of an absence with the reason why they missed school.

    Any absence for any reason other than those stated above will be marked unexcused and may result in your child being classified as truant or chronically absent. Truancy means a student is absent or tardy more than a 30 minute period three times during the school year. Chronic absenteeism is defined when a student is absent for 10% or more of the school year. We are dedicated to supporting students who may be truant or chronically absent, so please contact us if you need assistance. 

    All students resume school on Monday, January 3, 2019.  Support your child’s academic growth by ensuring he/she is in school every day and on time.  We know the end of the semester is an extremely busy time and can sometimes bring on additional fatigue and stress. Please monitor your child’s stress levels, sleep and nutrition. As they prepare for end of semester exams and events, it’s important they remain healthy and rested. We hope our BUSD families enjoy the holidays and have a successful end of the semester. If you have any questions, please call the Student Services at (818) 729-4467.

    Sincerely,

    Stacy Cashman, Director

    BUSD Student Services