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DMUSD Administrative Regulation 5113 regarding Verification of Absences:

When students who have been absent return to school, they shall present a satisfactory explanation verifying the reason for the absence within three (3) calendar days of the student’s return. Any of the four following methods may be used to verify student absences:

1. Written note from parent/guardian, parent representative, or student if 18 or older. (Education Code 46012)

2. Conversation, in person or by telephone, between the verifying employee and the student's parent/guardian or parent representative. The employee shall subsequently record the following:

a. Name of student

b. Name of parent/guardian or parent representative

c. Name of verifying employee

d. Date(s) of absence e. Reason for absence

3. Visit to the student's home by the verifying employee, or any other reasonable method, which establishes the fact that the student was absent for the reasons stated. A written recording shall be made, including information outlined above.

4. Physician's verification

a. When excusing students for confidential medical services or verifying such appointments, district staff shall not ask the purpose of such appointments but may contact a medical office to confirm the time of the appointment.

b. When a student has had 14 absences in the school year for illness verified by methods listed in #1-3 above, any further absences for illness must be verified by a physician.