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Guidelines for Excused and Unexcused Absences

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


August 2019

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Please continue to support your children by encouraging positive attendance. 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 and, if your child should be absent from school, it is imperative that you call the school and write a note within 3 days explaining the reason for the absence (EC 48260.5).

Every student is expected to attend school on a daily basis, unless there is valid justification for his/her absence (EC 48260). 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)

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.

We also want to remind you that vacations or visits to other states and countries during the school year are not excused. While we understand the educational benefit of travel, we encourage you to plan ahead and schedule travel during holidays or summer. Winter break begins after school on Friday, December 20, and students return to school on Monday, January 6. The Instructional Calendars can be found at Support your child's academic growth by ensuring he/she is in school every day and on time. If you have any questions, please call the Student Services at (818) 729-4467.


Stacy Cashman, Director
BUSD Student Services