What is an Excused Absence?

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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: 

  1. Due to the student’s Illness
  2. Due to quarantine by a county of city health officer
  3. Due to a medical, dental, optometrical, or chiropractic appointment
  4. 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
  5. Jury duty
  6. Due to the illness or medical appointment of a child of whom the student is the custodial parent 
  7. Justifiable personal reasons including (but not limited to): 
    1. Observation of a religious holiday or ceremony
    2. Attendance at a funeral service
    3. Appearance in court
    4. Attendance at religious retreat for no more than four hours per semester
    5. Attendance at an employment conference
    6. Attendance at an educational conference offered by a nonprofit organization on the legislative or judicial process
    7. 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
    8. To attend his/her naturalization ceremony to become a United States citizen.
    9. 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.

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