Benicia Unified believes that regular, student attendance is important.New research supports the unquestionable link between attendance and student achievement. Students who attend school between 85 and 100% of the time pass the state tests in reading and math at much higher rates than students who attend school less than 85% of the time.
Benicia Unified School District’s attendance policy requires students to not miss more than 10 days of school in a school year, regardless of the reason for the absences.
The links below reflect the policies regarding student attendance.
Sometimes students may be diagnosed with a chronic illness that may impede their ability to attend school on a regular basis. Parents should contact their attendance staff at the school site and Teri Deane our district nurse (ext 1224). The form below will need to be completed by a medical doctor for verification of illness
Planned Absence/ Independent Study
Planned Absence/Independent Study can be used when a student will miss at least 5 school days and no more than 10 school days. The absence must be approved by the site administration before the absence begins. The process starts with the parent and student filling out the Planned Absence/Independent Study form below and submitting it to the site attendance office at least 2 weeks before the absence: