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One of the questions that parents frequently ask is, We are going out of town for a few days. Will my child be considered truant? The answer is, Yes! According to California Education Code 48260(a), Any pupil subject to compulsory full-time education or to compulsory continuation education who is absent from school without valid excuse three full days in one school year or tardy or absent for more than any 30-minute period during the school day without a valid excuse on three occasions in one school year, or any combination there of, is a truant and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor or to the superintendent of the school district.

Excused absences basically fall into the following categories: illness or injury, medical appointments, or funeral of immediate family member. Unexcused absences would include such activities as ski trips, travel out of the country (even if the purpose of the trip is to visit an ill relative) and vacations of any sort. In addition to accruing unexcused absences and being labeled as truant, children with unexcused absences of 10 or more days are dis-enrolled from school. Sometimes this results in there being no space available when the family returns from vacation and attempts to re-enroll their students.

To avoid the unpleasantness of having a child declared legally truant, and possibly losing his/her space at the school, parents are strongly encouraged to plan vacations around school holidays. If you have any questions, please contact your school's principal.