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Every minute counts

MVWSD recently adopted a team approach to ensure students are in school and not missing out on important educational opportunities. This effort to communicate the importance of regular attendance is called “Be in school. Be on time.”

Why is it important that students are in school regularly? Research shows that school attendance is a strong indicator of success. It's about students learning what they need to know, belonging to the school community, and being part of the team that is preparing them with good habits for high school.

Why it’s happening:  Regular school attendance is required by the state law, and is included in the District’s Local Control Accountability plan (LCAP). State law requires MVWSD to send a letter after three unexcused absences and/ or tardies over 30 minutes.   The state, county, and district are monitoring attendance, both excused and unexcused absences because the goal is for students to be in school as often as possible.  Our schools’ goals are a 97% attendance rate. 

When do parents get a truancy letter?:  California law requires MVWSD to notify parents after three unexcused absences and/ or tardiest over 30 minutes. Any three unexcused absences and/ or tardies over 30 minutes means a child is truant.

Why do parents get truancy letters? The letter is intended to inform parents of the law as it relates to school attendance. This is a district-wide effort, and all families across the district receive letters when students have had three or more unexcused absences.  A letter also informs parents of next steps and any resources or procedures in place to help their family get their child to school regularly.

What’s an Excused vs. Not Excused absence?  Illness, doctor’s appointments, bereavement, and certain religious exercises are excused absences. Please see MVWSD board policy for the full list.  All other reasons are not considered excused.

Are Vacations / Travel Excused?:  Unfortunately, family vacations or travel is not excused – even when you inform your teacher or the office.  This comes to a surprise for parents.  We appreciate you letting us know so that you will not receive a call from the auto-dialer asking you to verify the absence. 

What if my student’s absence isn’t avoidable? When a student is going to be absent between 5-15 days, you may request an independent study contract (ISC) from our school secretary.  This contract allows your student to be absent from school AND receive credit for attendance.  The work must be fully completed and turned in upon return to receive full credit.  Please ask your school for more information.

Click on the links to find more detailed information regarding attendance, tardies, and reporting absences.  (Absences & Excuses - AR 5113; Truancy Laws

http://www.mvwsd.org/district-info/student-services/attendance