The importance of regular school attendance is vital to your child’s success in school. Children cannot learn if they are not in school. As a result of attending school daily and on time, your student will establish a pattern that will help them become successful in all facets of their lives.
To help ensure regular and punctual student attendance, absences and tardies will be monitored frequently in accordance with Paso Robles Joint Unified School District Board policy and California Department of Education codes.
When your student is going to be absent from school, please call or write a note explaining the reason for the absence. If no call or note is received by the school, the district’s automated message system will automatically call your home phone number. A recorded message will sound to alert or remind you that your student was absent that day and a note or call is needed in order for that absence to not be recorded as truancy.
Your phone call or note “verifies” your student’s absence; it does not necessarily “excuse” it. You will be kept aware of your child’s absences by attendance letters that will be mailed home. These letters will be sent based on the combined total of any type of absence (Unexcused, Excused, or Tardy). Please see the chart below.
We understand that there are times when a child is ill or there are family emergencies causing the child to be absent for an extended amount of time. In this case, either Home/Hospital instruction or Independent Study programs may be an educational option. Please contact your child’s school if you have any questions or need support with your child’s attendance.
Excessive Absences – PRJUSD Board Policy
Paso Robles Joint Unified School District's Board Policy AR 5113 states: “When a student has had absences due to illness surpassing 10% of the school days to date, the student must obtain verification from a physician, school nurse, or other school personnel. Failure to provide this verification will otherwise be considered unexcused.”
Definition of a Truant - Pursuant to Education Code Section 48260(a):
Any pupil who is absent from school without valid excuse for three days in one school year, or tardy or absent more than any 30-minute period during the school day without a valid excuse on three occasions in one school year, or any combination thereof shall be reported as a truant.
Definition of a Habitual Truant - Pursuant to Education Code Section 48262:
Any pupil is deemed a habitual truant who has been reported as a truant three or more times per school year, provided that no pupil shall be deemed a 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 themselves.
Definition of a Chronic Truant – Pursuant to Education Code Section 48263.6:
Any pupil of six years of age or more who is in kindergarten or any of grades one to eight who is absent from school without a valid excuse for 10 percent or more of the schooldays in one school year, from the date of enrollment to the current date, is deemed a chronic truant.