PUSD School Attendance Resources
Attendance plays a major role in the success of each and every student. Missing school (even excused absences) can directly impacts a student's academic achievement. It is important that your child attends school everyday on time. If you are having issues with your child's attendance, the Office of Child Welfare, Attendance, and Safety is here is support you and your family. For more information, click HERE
California Compulsory Attendance Law
In California, it is the law that all children between the ages of 6 and 18 attend school full-time, everyday schools are in session. To view the California Education Code, click HERE.
Truancy and Unexcused Absences
A student becomes truant when she has missed any combination of 3 or more full-days of school, class periods, or is 30-minutes late to class without a valid excuse. If a student becomes habitually truant, she may be referred to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB). For an in-depth look at our truancy flowchart, click HERE. For the Board Policy on truancy, click HERE.
School Attendance Review Team (SART)
When a student is absent or 30-minutes late to school/class on 4 separate occasions without a valid excuse, she may be referred to a SART meeting held at their school-site. SART meetings are a team effort (parents included) to discover the source of the student's attendance issues, provide resources for the family, and build personal responsibility for the student to attend school. During the meeting, the student and parent will be put on an attendance contract with the school. For SART Group Conferencing presentation and Resources click HERE
School Attendance Review Board (SARB)
The School Attendance Review Board (SARB) is a multi-agency panel that meet with the purpose of helping students who are not going to school, and keeping students and parents out of the juvenile court system. A student may be referred to the SARB when she has become habitually truant (5 truant events) and the school has attempted to support the student's attendance through a SART meeting. For more information click HERE
"Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow" Attendance Campaign
This September marks the launch of Pasadena Unified's "Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow" Attendance Campaign. In 2017-2018, Pasadena Unified has set a goal of improving attendance by 1% so that our students are successful in school and life.
When students attend school everyday, they do better in school and life. Raising one student's attendance impacts the whole school, and other schools in the district. California public schools are funded according to Average Daily Attendance - the number of students in school each day, and for middle and high schools, by periods.
Raising school attendance in PUSD by just 1% means $1 million more in funding for schools. That means schools can hire more staff, and develop programs to support students.
The "Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow" Campaign will kick-off on September 26th, 2017 with our third annual Student Attendance Recovery Day.
For more information, go to gopusd.com/attendtoday