The Milpitas Unified School District (MUSD) understands that school attendance is a protective factor for students, and promotes student engagement, inclusion, and overall well-being. Additionally, investments in teaching and learning are maximized when students attend school on a regular basis.
Chronic absence, or missing 10 percent or more of school days due for any reason, is a sign of educational inequity because they can translate into students having difficulty learning to read by the third-grade, achieving in middle school, and graduating from high school. The good news is that chronic absence is a problem that can be solved. It takes a collaborative focus on attendance that includes students, parents, and schools, and contributes to all students being more successful academically, socially, and emotionally. In addition, what works is taking a data-driven, comprehensive approach that begins with engaging students and families as well as preventing absences from adding up before they fall behind academically. The key is using chronic absence data as a diagnostic tool to identify where prevention and early intervention are needed.
Therefore, MUSD is committed to efforts that align with California law, including attendance notifications and communication to parents, and to using data to identify at-risk patterns in absenteeism and apply appropriate intervention strategies that build healthy habits around school attendance as early as possible.
The following resources, used with permission of Attendance Works, can support families in building good habits around school attendance.
- PreK & K Build the Habit of Good Attendance: English, Chinese, Spanish, Vietnamese
- Elementary Build the Habit of Good Attendance: English, Chinese, Spanish, Vietnamese
- Middle & High School Pay Attention to Attendance: English, Chinese, Spanish, Vietnamese
Parents/guardians are responsible for their child's school attendance and must notify the school when their child is not in school and include the reason, regardless of whether it is excused or unexcused.
Ed Code states that a student is truant if that student:
- Is absent from school without an Ed Code-valid excuse three full days in one school year; or
- Is tardy or absent for more than a 30-minute period during the school day without an Ed Code-valid excuse on three occasions in one school year;
Chronic absenteeism is when students have missed 10% or more of the school year. In this case, ALL absences are counted: excused, unexcused & suspensions.
School Attendance Review Board (SARB)
The purpose of the SARB process is to re-engage our students! Schools work closely with families whenever a student is experiencing attendance problems. If the problem cannot be resolved by school staff, the school may refer the student and family to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB). The purpose of the SARB is to provide "intensive guidance and coordinated community services" to "meet the special needs of pupils with school attendance problems" (Ed. Code, 48320, subd. (a)). While the intent of the SARB is to provide families with intentional support services, a SARB also has the power to refer students and their parents to the county District Attorney. Such referrals are made to help families understand and meet the requirements of California's compulsory education laws.
School Attendance Review Board Agendas and Minutes
February 15, 2022: Agenda/Minutes
May 10, 2022: Agenda/Minutes