Absences - LeConte Elementary BUSD


School Attendance

Every minute of a child’s time at school is important. Children who are absent for even one day, or who arrive later than their classmates, miss valuable instruction time and can easily fall behind in school. They also miss important socialization time and fun with their peers.

When a student is absent from school it results in a loss of funding for our district. The State of California does not reimburse school districts for days students are absent. For 2010-2011, the District lost over $2,000,000 in unearned income due to absences.

California State Law says that a child is absent if he/she is ill or if there is a death in the immediate family (1-3 day limit).  All other absences are unexcused.  Any tardy over 30 minutes, except for medical reasons, is also unexcused.  If your child has three unexcused absences or tardies, he/she will be considered truant.  To read more about our policy on truancy, visit the Student Services Department webpage.

Reporting Absences

Please call LeConte 644-6290 by 9 a.m. every day that your child will not be in school. When your child is absent from school, please phone the school office as soon as possible.  Some school sites have separate phone numbers to report absences.  When leaving a message regarding your child’s absence please provide the following information:

• Student's name

• Date(s) absent

• Grade/ teacher

• Your name and your relation to child

• Daytime phone number

• Reason for absence