Excused Absences (SMMUSD AR 5113)

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    A student's absence shall be excused for the following reasons:

    1. Personal illness ( Education Code 48205)

    2. Quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer (Education Code 48205)

    3. Medical, dental, optometric, or chiropractic appointment (Education Code 48205)
      a. Any school missed for a medical/dental appointment must be cleared with a note from the medical/dental office. The absence will be considered uncleared until documentation is received.
      b. Students who leave school at lunch and do not return to school (even with parental permission) will be marked as truant. These absences cannot be cleared after the fact. The school must be notified prior to any/all students leaving campus early. In an emergency, we must be able to accurately account for all students.

    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. (Education Code 48205)

      *Immediate family shall be defined as mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, spouse, son/son-in-law, daughter/daughter-in-law, brother, sister, or any relative living in the student's immediate household. (Education Code 45194, Education Code 48205)

    5. Jury duty in the manner provided by law (Education Code 48205)

    6. The illness or medical appointment during school hours of a child to whom the student is the custodial parent (Education Code 48205)

    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)
      a. Appearance in court
      b. Attendance at a funeral service
      c. Observation of a holiday or ceremony of his/her religion
      d. Attendance at religious retreats not to exceed four hours per semester
      e. Attendance at an employment conference
      f. Attendance at an educational conference on the legislative or judicial process offered by a nonprofit organization

    8. Service as a member of a precinct board for an election pursuant to Elections Code 12302 (Education Code 48205)

    9. Participation in religious exercises or to receive moral and religious instruction in accordance with district policy (Education Code 46014)
      a. In such instances, the student shall attend at least the minimum school day.
      b. The student shall be excused for this purpose on no more than four days per school month.