Reporting Absences
Attendance Line: (707) 748-2980

Parents are responsible to notify school when their child is, or will be, absent. 

California Code of Regulations (CCR). Title 5. Section 306 states:
  • Absences should be cleared the same day they return, but law extends to the next day.
  • Absences will be changed from unverified to unexcused and subject to truancy laws when a parent fails to notify the district about their child's absence. 
  • Benicia, like most districts, has a 72 hour policy.

Build the Habit of Good Attendance! Early School success goes hand in hand with good attendance!

  • Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.  
  • Missing 10 percent of school (about 2 days a month or 18 days a year) makes it harder to learn to read. 
  •  Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks. 
  • Being late to school disrupts the start of class and can make your child miss important lessons. 
  • Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up. 
  • Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.
Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school – and themselves. Start building this habit early so they can learn right away that going to school on time and every day is important. 

  • Set a regular bed time and morning routine.  
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.  
  • Send your child the message that school is a fun place. 
  • Bring your child to school unless he/she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home. 
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make him/ her feel comfortable and excited about learning. 
  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent for help. 
  • Plan medical appointments and extended trips when school is closed or not in session.
  • Keep track of how many days your child has missed and how many times they’ve been late.