FEC(LOCAL) - ATTENDANCE: ATTENDANCE FOR CREDIT
Note: This local policy has been revised in accordance with the District's innovation plan.
Consideration of All Absences
All absences shall be considered in determining whether a student has met District attendance requirements.
In accordance with the District's innovation plan, each campus shall have an attendance committee to determine whether to award credit or a final grade for a student who has not met the District's attendance 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. When a student's attendance drops below 90 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 ten 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.
Students who have lost credit or have 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.
If a student has established a questionable pattern of absences, the principal or attendance committee may require that a student present a physician's or clinic's statement of illness after a single day's absence as a condition of classifying the absence as one for which there are extenuating circumstances.
Guidelines on Extenuating Circumstances
The attendance committee shall adhere to the following guidelines to determine attendance for award of credit or a final grade:
Days of Attendance
If makeup work is completed satisfactorily, excused absences that are allowed under compulsory attendance requirements shall be considered days of attendance for award of credit or final grade. [See FEA(LEGAL) at Excused Absences for Compulsory Attendance Determination.]
Transfers / Migrant Students
A transfer or migrant student incurs absences only after his or her enrollment in the District.
The committee shall consider the acceptability and authenticity of documented reasons for the student's absences.
Consideration of Control
The committee shall consider whether the absences were for reasons out of the student's or parent's control.
Student's Academic Record
The committee shall consider whether or not the student has completed assignments, mastered the essential knowledge and skills, and maintained passing grades in the course or subject.
Information from Student or Parent
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.
Best Interest Standard
In reaching consensus regarding a student's absences, the committee shall attempt to ensure that its decision is in the best interest of the student. The Superintendent or designee shall develop administrative regulations addressing the committee's documentation of the decision.
Imposing Conditions for Awarding Credit or a Final Grade
The committee may impose any of the following conditions for students with excessive absences to regain credit or be awarded a final grade:
Completing additional assignments, as specified by the committee or teacher.
Attending tutorial sessions as scheduled, which may include Saturday classes or before- and after-school programs.
Maintaining the attendance standards for the rest of the semester.
Taking an examination to earn credit. [See EHDB]
Attending a flexible school day program.
Attending summer school.
In all cases, the student must also 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).