Pupils are truant if they are absent without excuse three days in one school year or tardy with- out excuse more than 30 minutes on more than three days in one school year. A school district must notify the truant pupil's parent or guardian that the parent or guardian is obligated to compel the pupil's attendance at school. Additionally, the notice must inform the parent or guardian: (1) that the pupil may be subject to prosecution and loss of driving privileges; (2) that alternative education programs are available in the district; and (3) recommend that the parent or guardian accompany the pupil to school and attend classes with the pupil for one day. Ed. Code 48260, 48260.5.
If a minor pupil is habitually truant, or is irregular in attendance at school, or is habitually insubordinate or disorderly during school, the school district may refer the pupil to a school attendance review board or to the probation department, if the probation department has agreed to receive such referrals. The school district must inform the pupil and his/her parents in writing of the referral, the reason for the referral, and that they are required to attend a meeting with the referring person and the agency to which referred. The pupil may be required to participate in community services. If available community services cannot resolve the problem or the pupil fails to participate in the services provided, the school district may notify the district attorney or probation officer, or both. Ed. Code 48263.
A minor who is subject to compulsory full-time or continuation education and is absent from school and away from home without a valid excuse may be taken into custody during school hours by an attendance supervisor or designee, a peace officer, a school administrator or designee, or any probation officer. Ed. Code 48264.
Upon the first truancy, the pupil may be asked to attend a meeting with the school counselor or other school designee to discuss the root causes of the attendance issue and develop a joint plan to improve the pupil’s attendance.
Upon the second truancy within the same school year, the pupil may be given a written warning from a peace officer. A record of the written warning may be kept at the school for not less than two years or until the pupil graduates or transfers from that school.
Upon the third truancy within the same school year, the pupil will be classified as a habitual truant and required to attend an attendance review board or a truancy mediation program
Upon the fourth truancy within the same school year, the pupil may be within the jurisdiction of the juvenile court that may adjudge the pupil to be a ward of the court. If the pupil is then found to be a ward of the court, the pupil will be subject to one or more of the following: (1) 20 to 40 hours of community service; (2) up to a $50 fine for which parents are jointly liable; (3) attendance in a court approved truancy program; (4) loss of driving privileges. Ed. Code 48264.5.