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Buena Terra Elementary School

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attendance matters


All absences must be verified by a written note or phone call, from the parent.  Please notify the school office before 9:00 a.m. of any absence on the actual day of the absence.  If this is not possible, please be sure your child brings in a note signed by you on the day of return.  Please include your child's name, relationship, reason for absence (illness, funeral, doctor appointment), and your signature. 


Education Code Section 48205 permits a pupil to be excused from school under certain circumstances:



Medical, dental, optometry, or chiropractic services


Funeral of immediate family, limited to 1 day in state, 3 days out of state

Court appearance *

Religious holiday or ceremony *

Other reasons pursuant to board policy *


* Must be requested in writing by parent/guardian and approved by a district-designated official


Upon providing a valid excused absence, the pupil is not subject to disciplinary actions and is allowed to make up all assignments and missed tests within a reasonable period of time.  Parents and or guardians may call in and leave a message regarding the nature of the absence or a hand written note when returning to school.

Parents have 5 days to clear absences.