The students at Edward B. Cole Sr. Academy are our most precious resource. In order for each individual to reach their potential, education should be made a top priority. This focus begins at home and parents need to understand why it is important for their child to be at school, on time, and present throughout the entire scheduled day. Because patterns begin early in life, beginning and staying on the positive path with school attendance is a key to success. In addition, Edward B. Cole’s fiscal strength depends upon the monies received through ADA (Average Daily Attendance), therefore student attendance is a priority for both the academic benefits and the financial stability it provides. During each trimester, awards will be given to those students with perfect attendance.
School Attendance Laws and Parent/ Student Responsibilities
• All persons between 6-18 years of age are required by California law to attend school. Parents have a legal responsibility to ensure their child’s attendance. (Education Code Section 48260) • Any pupil subject to full-time education who is absent from school without valid excuse more than three days or tardy in excess of 30 minutes on each of more than three days in one school year is a truant and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor of the superintendent of the school district. (Education Code Section 48260)
Education Code Section 48260.5—
(A) Upon a pupil’s initial classification as a truant, the school shall notify the pupil’s parent/guardian, by first-class mail or other reasonable means, of the following:
(1) That the pupil is truant.
(2) That the parent/guardian is obligated to compel the attendance of the pupil at school.
(3) That parents/guardians who fail to meet this obligation may be guilty of an infraction and subject to prosecution pursuant to Article 6 (commencing with Section 48290) of Chapter 2 of Part 27.
(B) The school also shall inform parents/guardians of the following:
(1) Alternative educational programs available in the district.
(2) The right to meet with appropriate school personnel to discuss solutions to the
pupil’s truancy. (Added Statutes, 1983, Chapter 498)
(3) The student may be subject to arrest under Education Code Section 48264.
(4) The student may be subject to suspension, restriction, or delay of his/her driving privilege pursuant to Vehicle Code Section 13202.7.
(5) That it is recommended that the parent or guardian
accompany the pupil to school and attend classes with the pupil for one day.
Excessive Absences or Tardies
Every tardy counts on the student’s permanent record. Truant, unverified, unexcused, excessive excused absences and tardies affect the student’s education and increase the chances for failure. Tardies interrupt the classroom and interfere with the learning environment for all students. After three or more unexcused absences or tardies, you could find yourself before a judge, paying a fine and possible prosecution by the Santa Ana District Attorney’s Office. It is our school’s policy that we may require a doctor's note for thee consecutive days of absence. If the administration determines that your child is absent excessively we will require a doctor’s note for every absence.*]
We, at Edward B. Cole, Sr. Academy, work very hard to ensure that your child receives the best education possible. We cannot do that if your child is not in school—on time, every day, when she or he is healthy. Please help us to provide your child with the outstanding education she or he deserves. Our school receives state funding based only on actual student attendance in school, all students are expected to attend school every day that they are well. Students are to remain at home only if they are visibly ill and contagious. Students absent for three consecutive days without notifying the absence will be dropped from the roster and parents will need to re-enroll if student returns and space is available. Family vacations should be scheduled during school breaks or during the summer months when school is not in session.
Students who arrive after the start of school 7:50 a.m. are considered tardy and must receive a tardy slip from the school office. Students arriving after 8:20 a.m. are considered late and the parent/guardian must sign the student in at the school office indicating the reason for the late arrival.
School Attendance Review Board (SARB) Procedures
The SARB addresses chronic attendance and truancy problems. SARB offers students and parents a last chance to improve attendance before a referral is made to juvenile court. A student will be referred to the SARB panel when they are determined to have chronic attendance issues. At a SARB hearing, students and their families meet with a panel that consists of school personnel. The panel examines the situation and develops an individual plan with the student and family to end absences and tardies. If improvement in not made, the student may be dis-enrolled EBC Academy. In serious cases, a referral to the juvenile court system could be warranted.