Attendance Procedures and Truancy Steps
Lucia Mar is committed to providing a rigorous education program to all of our students. In order for students to access their education
they must maintain regular attendance. Students who miss more than 10% of any school year can miss out on the many benefits of
education. In order to understand the legal obligations, we have created this document to support families in understanding how absences
are handled district wide.
There are a variety of ways to notify your child’s school of the reason for their absence.
*All notes must be received within 1 month of the child’s absence, as our records cannot be updated after a
certain amount of time.
Although we want a call for every absence there are only a limited number of reasons we are legally able to excuse
your student. You can find the reasons and corresponding attendance code below:
Short Term Independent Study
If your family is going to be gone for 3-14 days you may also choose to apply for a short term independent
study contract. This will allow your student to receive attendance credit, once they return to school with the
Attendance Letters you may receive:
Chronic Absent Letter (10% Letter): If your student misses 10% of the school year for any reason you will receive a
letter notification. This is an opportunity to ensure you are aware of the times your student has missed and the adverse
effects missing school can have on your student.
Excessive Illness Letter: All students have 10 school days for illness (attendance code I) or mental health days
(attendance code W). Once your student reaches the 11th day you will receive the chronic illness letter, and you will be
required to bring a doctor note for every illness. You may also work with your school nurse if your child has a chronic illness
to have a doctor excuse note on file.
Whenever your student is not at school we ask that you notify your school of the reason for the absences. If we do not
hear from you the absence is unexcused, and your student is marked as truant. Please see the truancy steps below:
You can access all the relevant education codes on our website LMUSD.ORG. Education codes referenced in this document are as follows: Education Code 48250, 46104, 48225.5, 48260, 46012