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DeMille Attendance Policy


Please call the school office at 714-894-7224 when your child is absent .  Leave the following information:

1.Student Name
2.Your relationship to student
3.Student Grade/Teacher
4.Reason for absence

Please refer to page 8  Parent/Student Rights & Responsibilities Handbook:
Attendance at school is mandatory.  For every child to be successful, s/he must be healthy and attend school regularly. In partnership with the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, we want you to know the compulsory education codes (48260, 48264, 48290).

A pupil shall be allowed to complete all assignments and tests missed during the excused absence that can be reasonably provided and, upon
satisfactory completion within a reasonable period of time, shall be given full credit therefore. The teacher of the class from which the pupil is absent shall determine which tests and assignments shall be reasonably equivalent to, but not necessarily identical to, the tests and assignments that the pupil missed during the excused absence.

 Excused Absence:  A pupil may only be excused from school for personal illness, city or county quarantine, medical, dental, optometric, or chiropractic appointments (please bring your child to school following the appointment with a note from the health care office); religious purposes; pupil court appearances; funeral of an immediate family member (1 day excused for in-state services; 3 days excused for out-of-state) (EC 48205).  After 14 days of excused absences for illness, additional absences for illness will require a doctor’s note (except in the case of prolonged serious illness) (AR 5113).  Prior approval must be obtained in writing from the school principal for justifiable personal reasons, including, but not limited to, an appearance in court, attendance at a funeral service, observance of a holiday or ceremony of his or her religion, attendance at religious retreats not to exceed 4 hours per semester.

  1.    Fever—Any child with a temperature of 100* or more must be kept at home. Your child must be fever free (without the use of a fever reducing medication) for 24 hours before returning to school. Sick children may not ride the bus or walk home alone. Students will only be released to an adult listed on the emergency card.
  2.     Colds—Your child may attend school with a mild cold if he/she seems well and is fever free. However, a child with a severe cough belongs at home, even without a fever.
  3.     Infectious Diseases—Children with infectious diseases such as strep throat, pinkeye (conjunctivitis), scarlet fever, etc. must be on medication for a minimum of 24-48 hours before returning to school. Children with infectious skin diseases such as impetigo or ringworm must be on the appropriate medication for a minimum of 24 hours and must keep the affected area covered at school.
  4.     Rashes—A child with an unidentified skin rash may not be allowed at school, whether the rash is contagious or not. A doctor’s note must be presented to the school explaining the rash.
  5.     Vomiting and Diarrhea—If your child is vomiting or has diarrhea, please keep your child at home.
  6.     Medication—Students can receive medication at school only if the physician and parent forms have been signed. This applies to over-the-counter medications as well. Parents must bring the medication to the school in the original container or prescription bottle.
  7.     Chicken pox—Children who have chicken pox must wait until all the sores are scabbed over and dry (usually 5-10 days) before returning to school.
  8.     Lice—Any student found to have live adult lice will be excluded from school. Parents are responsible for bringing the empty lice shampoo bottle with you when returning your child to school.
  9.      Serious Injury – A student with a serious injury attending school with a cast, crutches, splint or wheelchair needs a note from the doctor outlining restrictions and activity level. This is so that the staff can be informed and precautions taken to prevent further injury.

Grade Reduction/Loss of Academic Credit (ED 48205, 48980)

 Your child may not have his/her grade reduced or lose academic credit for any absence or absences excused under Education Code section 48205, which missed assignments and tests that can reasonably be provided are satisfactorily completed within a reasonable period of time.

Absences for Religious Purposes: 
After completing minimum day, pupils may be excused from school for religious purposes, not to exceed 4 hours per month.  If a pupil’s religious training and beliefs conflict with instruction on health, sex education or family life, upon written parental request, the pupil may be excused from that part of the
instruction (EC 51240)

Unexcused Absence:  medication issues, headaches, extended vacations, conflicts with other pupils, missed bus, car broke down, babysitting, asthma, head lice beyond two (2 days), or being “tired”.  It is the parent’s responsibility to clear the child’s absence within 5 days or it will be marked unexcused.

California Education Code 48260 states:
1.Your child is legally a truant with 3 unexcused absences; a repeated truant with 4 unexcused absences and a habitual
 with 5 unexcused absences.

2. Missing more than thirty (30) minutes of instruction during the school day (AM or PM) is considered truancy without a valid excuse.

Please be aware that California State Law (Education Code 48290) states that parents who fail to meet their obligation of insuring their child’s
regular school attendance are guilty of a law violation and are also subject to prosecution pursuant to Article 6.  Excessive unexcused absences will result in an invitation to attend the Orange County District Attorney Parent Meeting and/or a referral to the District Pupil Attendance Review Board (SARB).  

If you have questions, please call


FOOTNOTE:  Pupils placed on SARB Contracts, MUST abide by SARB Contract. The SARB Contract takes precedence over the above. 
SARB Contracts do not expire and remain in effect from year to year.