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Procedures for Reporting Absences

School attendance is integral to a student’s academic success. Compulsory attendance in school is legally required for all minors under the age of sixteen and it is the responsibility of the parent to ensure that their student attends regularly. Truancy, tardiness, or excessive absences violate this law and can result in the parents or the child being held accountable and penalized by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. Please note, taking your student out of school for family vacations will be considered an unexcused absence.

If your child is absent:
Contact the school’s Attendance Specialist as soon as possible each day your child is absent. This is an Education Code requirement. Absences may be verified via the ParentSquare app, phone message, email, fax or written note. Verification information should include the student’s full name, grade, dates and reason for the absence.

If your child must leave early from school:
Please allow enough time for the Attendance Specialist to retrieve the message and notify the teacher. Students/parents MUST check out with the Attendance Specialist before leaving. School sites may have differing protocols, so please follow each site's specific requirements.

If your child is not feeling well during school:
Students are to request a pass from their teacher to go to the Health Office. Students are not to call a parent/guardian from the classroom as this is a cell phone violation.

Examples of excused absences:
Illness, medical appointments, court appearance, and school business including field trips and on-campus testing.

Examples of unexcused absences:
Vacations, oversleeping, car trouble, child care, and missing the bus.

List of Excused Absences per CA Education Code, Section 48205

LBUSD Board Policy 5113.1 Chronic Absence and Truancy

If your child cannot attend school for any reason, please utilize the ParentSquare app or contact one of the following attendance lines at your school. Please provide a clear message to insure accurate updating of your student's attendance record. ParentSquare is the preferred method of responding to an automated absence notification from the school site.

LBHS: or 949-497-7750 option 1

THURSTON: 949-497-7785 option 1

EL MORRO: 949-376-2227

TOW: or 949-497-7790 option 1