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PVPUSD Attendance Policies and Procedures




State legislation provides for student success by funding through a Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). This requires that school attendance be reported and aligned with PVPUSD’s Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). School funding is based on Average Daily Attendance (ADA). Any absence, excused or unexcused, results in a decrease in funds received by the district.



  • Illness
  • Quarantine
  • Medical, dental, optometrist, chiropractic services
  • Funeral of immediate family member 1 day in California, 3 days if out of state
  • Court appearance
  • Religious observance
  • Educational conference
  • To spend time with immediate family member who is an active duty member reporting for duty, on leave, or immediately returned from deployment


For excused absences, work missed, or an alternative assignment, may be made up for full credit within a reasonable amount of time, as determined by the teacher.



  • Vacations or trips
  • When Independent Study Contract is pending completion and/or approval by teacher
  • Auditions for entertainment
  • Entertainment instances that extend beyond the 5 days allowed per instance


Teachers are not required to provide or allow work missed due to unexcused absence. Independent Study Contracts must be completed and approved by the teacher to be excused.



Can lost ADA be replaced?


It is greatly appreciated when parents reimburse the school for lost ADA when Unexcused Absences occur. This can be done in the school office. Your reimbursement stays at Lunada Bay.


PVPUSD Student Funding for 2014-2015 School Year - Grade Level Range Funding Per Day


Grades            TK-3              $ 43.84

Grades               4-6              $ 40.30

Grades               7-8              $ 41.50

Grades             9-12              $ 49.32


School attendance is critical to academic success. It establishes a foundation of accountability and commitment to one’s responsibilities. Punctuality is a habit that successful students practice. When students arrive tardy, they miss important morning announcements that set the tenor of the day and disrupt the work of others who arrived on time. At the elementary level, parents are the greatest influencing factor in a child’s attendance and punctuality. Please send them to school on time unless there is a valid reason for absence or tardiness.



Lunada Bay and Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District, in compliance with state law, will notify you when your student has three (3) unexcused absences as this meets the definition of truant. Unexcused absences include, among other reasons, medical appointments without documentation, out-of-town trips without completion of an Independent Study Contract, and any delinquent tardy (more than 30 minutes)


Another notice will be sent when the student has six (6) unexcused absences/tardies as this is considered habitually truant, and a third notice will be sent when the student reaches nine (9) unexcused absences/tardies which is considered chronically truant. At any point when a student’s absences for any reason reach 10% of the days in the school year, the student is considered truant and the family may be required to attend a School Attendance Review Board meeting at district request.


Please carefully review the reasons for excused and unexcused absences on the preceding page and the definitions regarding truancy on the following pages.





A pupil subject to compulsory full-time education or to compulsory continuations education who is absent from school without a valid excuse three full days in one school year or tardy or absent for more than a 30-minute period during the school day without a valid excuse on three occasions in one school year, or any combination thereof, shall be classified as a truant and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor or to the superintendent of the school district. (Ed. Code 48260, Article 5)


Upon a pupil’s initial classification as a truant, the school district shall notify the pupils’ parent or guardian using the most cost-effective method possible, which may include electronic mail or a telephone call. (Ed. Code 48260.5)


Habitual Truant

Any pupil is deemed an habitual truant who has been reported as a truant three or more times per school year, provided that no pupil shall be deemed an habitual truant unless and appropriate district office or employee has made a conscientious effort to hold at least one conference with a parent or guardian of the pupil and the pupil himself, after the filing of either of the reports required by Section 48260 or Section 48261. For purposes of this section, a conscientious effort means attempting to communicate with the parents of the pupil at least once using the most cost-effective method possible, which may include electronic mail or a telephone call.


Chronic Truancy

For purposes of this section, “chronic absentee” means a pupil who is absent on 10 percent or more of the schooldays in the school year when the total number of days a pupil is absent is divided by the total number of days the pupil is enrolled and school was actually taught in the regular day schools of the district, exclusive of Saturdays and Sundays. (Ed. Code 60901)