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Notice to Parent or Guardian; Alternative Educational Programs; Solutions 

Information required by the following notice must be sent to parents or guardians upon the first classification of a pupil as truant. Cost of compliance with this requirement is reimbursable through the state mandated claim procedure. 

Upon a pupil's initial classification as a truant*, the school district shall notify the pupil's parent or guardian, by first-class mail or other reasonable means, of the following:
  1. That the pupil is truant.
  2. That the parent or guardian is obligated to compel the attendance of the pupil at school.
  3. That parents or guardians who fail to meet this obligation may be guilty of an infraction and subject to prosecution pursuant to Article 6 (commencing with Section 48290) of Chapter 2 of Part 27.
  4. That alternative educational programs are available in the district.
  5. That the parent or guardian has the right to meet with appropriate school personnel to discuss solutions to the pupil's truancy.
  6. That the pupil may be subject to prosecution under Section 48264.
  7. That the pupil may be subject to suspension, restriction, or delay of the pupil's driving privilege pursuant to Section 13202.7 of the Vehicle Code.
  8. That it is recommended that the parent or guardian accompany the pupil to school and attend classes with the pupil for one day.
*EC 48260--Definition of a Truant 

(a) Any pupil subject to compulsory full-time education or to compulsory continuation education who is absent from school without valid excuse for three full days in one school year or tardy or absent from more than any 30-minute period during the school day without a valid excuse on three occasions in one school year, or any combination thereof, is a truant and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor or the superintendent of the school district. 

(b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), it is the intent of the Legislature that school districts shall not change the method of attendance accounting provided for in existing law and shall not be required to employ period-by-period attendance accounting.
Last Updated: 8/26/15