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Please notify the office as soon as you know you will be absent.


Contact: Andrea Cervantes


Or, call 253-3791, ext. 100


The number one indicator of student success is attendance.  It is important that attendance policies and procedures are clear to parents and students. The information contained in this document is intended to clarify attendance policies and procedures of all schools in the Napa Valley Unified School District. NVUSD Board Policy (BP)/Administration Regulation (AR) and Education Code (Ed Code) references are noted.  Students between the ages of 6 and 18 years must attend school (Ed Code 48200). Our goal is to give every student the opportunity to live up to his or her potential.  We can only be successful in this goal if we see our students daily.


What is an excused absence by law? (Education Code 48205, NVUSD AR 5113) California state law requires that students attend school regularly and states that it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to see that their children attend school on the days/hours that school is in session. A student’s absence shall be excused for the following reasons: • Personal Illness   • Medical, dental, optometry, or chiropractic appointment • Quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer • Attendance at funeral service for a member of the immediate family, limited to 1 day in state, 3 days out of state.  Immediate family is 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. • Jury duty  • Religious holiday or ceremony • Religious retreats, limited to 4 hours per semester • Court appearance • Illness of custodial child  • Employment interview or conference  • Attendance at an educational conference on the legislative or judicial process offered by a non-profit organization.    • Precinct board member for an election  What is an unexcused absence? An unexcused absence is any absence that is not identified above.  Many parents are unaware that “going out of town” with their children during school days is an unexcused absence and will result in a truancy letter and may also result in an appearance in front of the School Attendance Review Board (SARB) (Ed Code 48263).  Please plan your trips during holidays and school breaks. 

What are the acceptable methods to clear/verify an absence? (Education Code 46012, NVUSD AR 5113) When students who have been absent return to school, they must present a satisfactory explanation verifying the reason for the absence within five (5) school days. The following methods may be used to clear/verify student absences: • Written note from parent/guardian stating reason for absence.
• Conversation (phone or in person), between attendance employee and the student’s parent/guardian.
• Physician’s verification
• Attendance employee may contact medical/dental office to confirm appointment times.
• If a student has 14 absences in the school year for illness, any further absences shall be verified by a physician.


What is truancy? (Education Code 48260) A student is truant when he/she is absent from school without a valid excuse five (5) full days in one school year or tardy or absent for more than any 30-minute period during the school day without a valid excuse on five (5) occasions in one school year, or any combination thereof.  Eligibility for Short-Term Independent Study (AR 6158) Parents/guardians may request short-term independent study for their student(s) due to emergencies, illness or planned absences for the purpose of supervised travel, study or training which is clearly connected to an educational purpose. Requests must be in writing and approved in advance by the classroom teacher(s) and the site principal at least 5 school days prior.  No more than one short term independent study agreement of no less than five consecutive school days shall be granted annually.  In no event shall short-term independent study exceed 20 consecutive school days.  In years when the Board adopts a student calendar which provides for a three consecutive week winter break, short term independent study will not be available or approved during the months of December and January.  Work completed during the planned absence is due upon return to school or as arranged with the teacher and site principal but in no event later than established by Board Policy 6158. (Education Code 48205)