FEC(LOCAL) - ATTENDANCE: ATTENDANCE FOR CREDIT
Note: This local policy has been revised in accordance with the District's innovation plan.
This policy shall apply to a student who has not been in attendance for 90 percent of the days the class is offered.
Except as otherwise provided by law, all absences incurred while enrolled in the District shall be considered in determining whether a student has attended the required percentage of days under this policy.
In accordance with the District's innovation plan, the District shall be exempt from portions of the state law regarding student minimum attendance to earn credit or a final grade. Absences related to school-approved activities shall not be considered in determining whether a student has attended the required percentage of days under this policy.
Documentation of Absences
Parents must document reasons for an absence for the absence to be considered excused. According to campus procedures, parents of students in all grades shall provide an email or a note describing why an absence occurred within two days of the absence unless there are extenuating circumstances as determined by the principal. A phone call may substitute for the email or note.
Such notice shall be the parent's responsibility. The District shall not request documentation. Notice received two days after the absence shall not be considered for establishing excused absences except in extenuating circumstances as determined by the principal or Superintendent.
The Board shall establish an attendance committee or as many committees as necessary for efficient implementation of Education Code 25.092.
The Superintendent shall make the specific appointments in accordance with legal requirements.
Parental Notice of Excessive Absences
A student and the student's parent or guardian shall be given written notice prior to and at such time when a student's attendance in any class drops below 90 percent of the days the class is offered.
Methods for Regaining Credit or Awarding a Final Grade
When a student's attendance drops below 90 percent but remains at least at 75 percent of the days the class is offered, the student may earn credit for the class or a final grade by completing a plan approved by the principal. This plan must provide for the student to meet the instructional requirements of the class as determined by the principal.
If the student fails to successfully complete the plan, or when a student's attendance drops below 75 percent of the days the class is offered, the student, parent, or representative may request award of credit or a final grade by submitting a written petition to the appropriate attendance committee.
Petitions for credit or a final grade may be filed at any time the student receives notice but, in any event, no later than 30 days after the last day of classes.
The attendance committee shall review the student's entire attendance record and the reasons for absences and shall determine whether to award credit or a final grade. The attendance committee may also, whether a petition is filed or not, review the records of all students whose attendance drops below 90 percent of the days the class is offered.
A student who has lost credit or has not received a final grade because of excessive absences may regain credit or be awarded a final grade by fulfilling the requirements established by the attendance committee.
The principal or attendance committee may require verification from a health-care provider in accordance with administrative regulations as a condition of classifying an absence for personal illness as one for which there are extenuating circumstances.
Best Interest Standard
In reaching consensus regarding a student's absences and how the student can be awarded credit or a final grade, the attendance committee shall attempt to ensure that its decision is in the best interest of the student. The Superintendent shall develop administrative regulations to document the attendance committee's decision.
Guidelines on Extenuating Circumstances
The attendance committee shall consider whether a student has mastered the essential knowledge and skills and maintained passing grades in the course or subject.
When makeup work is completed satisfactorily, the attendance committee shall consider extracurricular absences and other excused absences as days of attendance for award of credit or a final grade. [See FEA]
The attendance committee shall consider whether the reasons for the absences were out of the parent's or student's control and whether documentation for the absence is acceptable.
The student or parent shall be given an opportunity to present any information to the committee about the absences and to discuss ways to earn or regain credit or be awarded a final grade.
Imposing Conditions for Awarding Credit or a Final Grade
The attendance committee shall consider the student's unique circumstances and, if necessary, shall impose conditions for awarding credit or a final grade that permit the student to meet the instructional requirements of the class rather than assigning a student to attend a specified program for an amount of time equivalent to the student's absences. Conditions may include:
- Maintaining attendance standards for the rest of the semester.
- Completing additional assignments, as specified by the committee or teacher.
- Attending tutorial sessions as scheduled.
- Completing other instructional programs, as specified by the committee.
- Taking an examination to earn credit. [See EHDB]
In all cases, the student must earn a passing grade in order to receive credit.
A parent or student may appeal the decision of the attendance committee in accordance with FNG(LOCAL).