BLUE CARD Dawn Urbanek
Parental Concern over the State wanting to take over health care decisions from parents. These policy changes would have allowed CUSD to excuse students from school for medical appointments without parent knowledge and consent.
Other concerns not expressed due to the lateness of the hour
at page 853
"At the beginning of each school year, the Superintendent or designee shall send a notification to the parents/guardians of all students informing them that school authorities may excuse any student from school to obtain confidential medical services without the consent of the student’s parent/guardian. Students shall not be absent from school without their parents/guardians’ knowledge or consent except in cases of medical emergency or confidential medical appointment."
At page 53
The Board is committed to keeping students in school. The Superintendent or designee shall implement steps deemed appropriate to achieve this end. If a student’s absence is excused under Education Code § 48205, he/she shall be allowed to complete any missed assignments or tests that can be reasonably given, including but not limited to reasonable and appropriate copies of all notes, information, instruction, and access to all missed instructional materials and information as determined by the teacher of that class. The student shall be given full credit for the assignment or test if he/she satisfactorily completes the assignment or test within one school day time period for every one full school day missed. When such instruction cannot be recreated, the instructor will create an appropriate alternative assignment and the student will not be penalized. A student’s grades may be affected by excessive unexcused absences in accordance with Board policy.
at page 854
The Superintendent or designee shall work with students, parents/guardians, school staff, and community agencies, as appropriate, to identify factors contributing to chronic absences and truancy. He/she also may collaborate with child welfare services, law enforcement, courts, public health care agencies, other government agencies, and/or medical, mental health, and oral health care providers to ensure that alternative educational programs and nutrition, health care, and other support services are available for students and families and to intervene as necessary when students have serious attendance problems.
at page 854
1. Absences, with parental knowledge and consent, for reasons other than those enumerated above as excused absences shall be deemed unexcused absences.
2. Students absent without a valid excuse shall be classified as truant. In accordance with law and administrative regulation, habitual truants may be referred to a School Attendance Review Board (SARB). The Board shall appoint members of the District's SARB, who may include, but are not limited to, a parent/guardian as well as representatives of the District; county probation department; county welfare department; county office of education; law enforcement agencies; community-based youth service centers; school guidance personnel; child welfare and attendance personnel; school or county health care personnel; school, county, or community mental health personnel; the county district attorney's office; and the county public defender's office. The District's SARB shall operate in accordance with Education Code § 48320-48325 and procedures established by the Superintendent or designee. Students who are tardy more than 30 minutes without a valid excuse shall be classified as truant. Such students shall be reported to the principal or designee.
The parent/guardian of a student classified as a truant shall be notified of the following: (Education Code 48260.5)
a. The student has been truant.
b. The parent/guardian is obligated to compel the student to attend school.
c. The parent/guardian who fails to meet this obligation may be guilty of an infraction of the law and subject to prosecution pursuant to Education Code 48290 et. seq.
d. The parent/guardian has the right to meet with appropriate school personnel to discuss possible solutions to the student’s truancy.
e. The student may be subject to prosecution under section 48264 of the California Education Code.
f. The student may be subject to delay, restriction, or suspension, of driving privileges pursuant to section 13202.7 of the California VehicleCode.
g. The parent/guardian may be compelled to accompany the student to school
at page 857
4. Physician’s verification.
a. When excusing students for confidential medical services or verifying such appointments, district staff shall not ask the purpose of such appointments but may contact a medical office to confirm the time of the appointment.
b. When a student has had 14 absences in the school year for illness verified by methods listed in #1-3 above, any further absence for illness shall be verified by a physician.