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Absences - Important Information

Dear Parent/Guardian,

The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District is committed to being a dynamic learning community that prepares each and every student for success now and in the future. A critical component of that success is regular school attendance.

Principals and teachers are aware that circumstances occur that necessitate a student missing school. They want to work with you to help ensure that missed instructional time does not negatively impact your child’s academic progress.

If you know your child will be out of school for five days or more, the school can assist you in establishing an Independent Study contract that will provide assignments during your child’s time out of class.

When your child is going to be absent, please call the attendance office as soon as possible. If you have not contacted your school by the time your child returns to class, you have 48 hours to clear the absence. After 48 hours that absence will be permanently marked as truant.

Parents often ask what determines if an absence is excused or unexcused. On our district’s website ( is the Parent Handbook. On page 9 of that handbook you will find listed absences that Education Code 48205 has determined to be an excused school absence. Also, available is Education Code 48260 that explains unexcused absences.

When students are absent, they miss important instruction. We, like you, want your child to have a successful school year. Please contact your school’s attendance office should you have a question regarding an absence.


Rick Riegel, M.A., MFT
Student Services, Administrator