(From Bulletin No. 15, Office of the Associate Superintendent Instruction)
Under existing law, children between the ages of 6 and 16 years are subject to compulsory full-time education unless exempted or excused. In addition, all persons between the ages of 16 and 18 years must attend either a regular school or continuation education program unless they are high school graduates or exempt or excused Excused absence is defined as an absence due to illness or quarantine; medical, dental, or optometrist services; attendance at funeral services of a member of student's immediate family; lack of immunization; or jury duty. Effective January 1, 1980, absences under current Board Policy shall be afforded the opportunity to complete all missed classroom work or other appropriate or equivalent assignments with full credit.
- Students with excused absences must be given the opportunity to complete the missed classroom work, homework, or tests with other equivalent assignments and must be given credit equal to that they would have received on the original assignment or test for the same quality of work.
- Students absent for justifiable personal reasons, upon written request of the parent or guardian and approved by the principal or designated representatives, shall be allowed to complete all assignments and tests missed during the absence which can reasonably be provided and, upon satisfactory completion, shall receive credit equal to that they would have received on the original assignment or test.
The principal or administrative designee will consult with the teacher before the final determination is made on whether or not the personal reason is justifiable. The teacher shall determine what assignments the student must make up and in what period of time the students must complete such assignments. The tests and assignments shall be reasonable equivalent to, but not necessarily identical to, the tests and assignments which the students missed during the absence.
- Students who have been suspended from a class may be required to complete assignments or tests missed during the suspension if the assignments and tests can reasonably be provided and upon satisfactory completion shall receive credit equal to that they would have received on the original assignment or test. The teacher shall determine what assignments must be made up and in what period of time the student must complete such assignments. The test and assignments shall be reasonable equivalent to, but not necessarily identical to, the tests and assignments which the student missed during the suspension.
- Students who are truant or absent without verified justifiable personal reasons or students who have returned to school without a note need not be given the opportunity to complete classroom work, homework, or tests missed. However, in the interest of helping these students, teachers should give them such opportunities.
- Students who fail to complete assignments satisfactorily may receive a mark of 'Fail' on such assignments.
Homework is designed to expand on ideas and skills presented in the classroom. Homework assignments are varied and are designed to enhance student mastery of subject area content. Assignments may involve a variety of activities including reading, writing, problem-solving, reviewing and studying. The LAUSD’s policy calls for a minimum of 40 minutes of homework for each academic class each school day.
Make Up Examinations
Any student whose absence was legal may request to take a make-up final examination. Arrangements should be made individually with the teachers.