FAQs for Families
Solana Beach School District does not support the practice of taking trips/vacations on school days; absences due to family trips are unexcused.
Too often, parents, students and sometimes teachers don’t realize how quickly absences, even parent-excused absences, can add up to academic trouble. Chronic absenteeism is not just students who are skipping school, but students who miss school often for various reasons such as vacation or doctor appointments. Chronic absenteeism in kindergarten can predict lower test scores, poor attendance and retention in later grades, especially if the problem persists for more than a year.
Research shows that missing as little as 2-3 days per month can translate into third graders unable to master reading, sixth graders failing courses and ultimately, teens dropping out of high school. There is good news? Attending school every day increases a child’s chances of success in school and in life. Solana Beach is here is partner with all families to help support student attendance at school. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need assistance.
The health and safety of our students is the highest priority. If your child has a fever, is vomiting or has other severe symptoms, your child is too sick to come to school.
If you are wondering if your child is too sick to attend school, review the News From Your Health Office and contact your school's nurse or your child's health care provider if you have further questions.
Yes, when a student is late or leaves early from school, they are missing instructional time. Consistent late arrivals and/or early dismissals accumulate over time resulting in valuable classroom activities, lessons, and interactions being missed. Missed instructional time can certainly have an impact on a student’s overall academic, social, and emotional well-being and success.
The District does not support the practice of taking trips/vacations on school days; absences due to family trips are unexcused.
A doctor’s note helps verify an excused absence and shall be required if excessive absences due to illness have previously occurred (SBSD AR 5113)
Unexcused absences are those absences that do not meet the above listed criteria. An unexcused absence may be either an unverified absence (i.e. when a student “cuts” school) or a verified unexcused absence that occurs with the approval of the parent or guardian. For example, missing school due to a family vacation is considered an unexcused absence.
What is an Excused Absence?
Under California Education Code section 48205 and SBSD Administrative Regulation 5113, a pupil shall be excused from school when the absence is:
- Due to the student’s Illness
- Due to quarantine by a county of city health officer
- Due to a medical, dental, optometrical, or chiropractic appointment
- Attendance at a funeral of an immediate family member (1 day if in California, up to 3 days if out of state). 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 within the student’s immediate household
- Jury duty
- Due to the illness or medical appointment of a child of whom the student is the custodial parent
- Justifiable personal reasons including (but not limited to):
- Observation of a religious holiday or ceremony
- Attendance at a funeral service
- Appearance in court
- Attendance at religious retreat for no more than four hours per semester
- Attendance at an employment conference
- Attendance at an educational conference offered by a nonprofit organization on the legislative or judicial process
- To spend time with an immediate family member who is an active duty member of the uniformed services, as defined in Education Code 49701, and has been called to duty for deployment to a combat zone or a combat support position or is on leave from or has immediately returned from such deployment
- To attend his/her naturalization ceremony to become a United States citizen.
- Participation in religious exercises or to receive moral and religious instruction in accordance with district policy, subject to the following conditions:
- The student's parent/guardian shall provide written consent for the absence;
- The student shall attend at least the minimum school day;
The student shall be excused from school for this purpose on no more than four days per school month.
All students absent from school under any of the above stated reasons are entitled to complete all assignments and tests missed during the period of absence. Completion must be within a reasonable period of time and shall be given full credit.
The Education Code of the State of California requires attendance in school under compulsory attendance laws. “Each person between the ages of 6 and 18 is subject to compulsory full-time education.” (EC 48200). If you report your child’s absence within a reasonable amount of time you child will be given the opportunity to complete assignments and tests given during the period of absence.