Regular school attendance is a necessary part of the learning process and the means to graduation with a good education. Students who are frequently absent may be putting their futures in jeopardy. Chronic absenteeism, especially truancy, is a behavior that is highly associated with dropping out of school. Regular attendance is essential for success in school.
School absence is a student missing from school or class with or without the prior knowledge and consent of either parents, guardians, or school personnel. A student not in class but on a school-approved activity is not considered truant.
A truant is any student who is absent from school three times in the same school year without good reason or without permission from home or school (Education Code Section 48260). Truancy becomes a serious problem at middle school and high school levels but can become a problem as early as elementary school.