District Contacts
Lawful Absence

What is a lawful


Illness: a student who is ill and

poses a health threat to others may

be excused on a temporary basis.

Any student who suffers from a

chronic and prolonged illness should

provide a statement from a physician

upon return to school.


Religion: a student may be

excused to observe a recognized

religious holiday, with prior approval of

the principal.


School Activity: students may be

excused for up to five days per year in

order to participate in school

sponsored activities (sports, band,

field trips, etc.). Any absence beyond

the fifth day will first require a report

from each teacher on the student’s

academic standing, classroom

attitude and attendance. The

principal must also review and

approve the absence in advance.


Family Emergency: a student

may be excused, temporarily, in the

event of a serious health concern or a

death in the family.


Appointments: A student may be

excused for necessary appointments

when proper documentation is

provided upon return to school.

Examples: dentist, physician, court,


Unlawful Absence

What is

considered an unlawful absence?


Truancy: When a student

accumulates absences without

acceptable cause with/or withoutknowledge of his or her parents or guardian.

What happens if my child misses more days than allowed?

What happens if my

child misses more days

than allowed?


Review Process: Before an

absence can be approved or

disapproved, a student must first

provide proper documentation within

five days of the absence or return to

school. The district will accept only

five excuse notes from parents.


Truant : A student (ages 6-17)  who miss

three consecutive days without a valid

excuse or a total of five unlawful

absences is considered Truant.


Response: By law, an “Intervention

Plan” must then be developed with

the parents. This plan states the

reasons for the unlawful absences;

actions that must be taken by student

and parents to resolve the issue and

actions that can be taken by school

officials if unlawful absences continue.

*Intervention Plan included


Habitual Truant: Court

intervention may be used if a student

age 12-17 does not comply with the

Intervention Plan and records two or

more additional unlawful absences.


Chronic Truant: Any student age

12-17 who is ordered by the court to

attend school and continues to

accumulate unlawful absences may

be referred back to court for



Action: The parent of a student

under the age of 12 who is

determined to be Truant may face

court intervention and a referral to the

Department of Social Services.

UCSD Intervention Plan



After a student misses 3 days in a row or 5 days cumulative, school officials will contact the parent/guardian to attend a conference with school staff in developing an Attendance Intervention Plan.  If student absences continue after an intervention plan has been developed, Union County School District will complete a petition, and the parent/guardian and student will be summoned to appear before a judge in Family Court.


If the student does not attend school after a Family Court hearing and does not follow the court order, Union County School District is required to file a contempt of court complaint against the parent/guardian or child with the Solicitor's Office.