My child misses school a lot because of illness or disability. What can I do?
Your child might qualify to get reasonable accommodations of their disability outlined in a 504 Plan. (Visit the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction website at bit.ly/3HbgbTC to learn more.) Your child might also qualify to get special education and an individualized education program (IEP). Ask the district to evaluate your child to see if they qualify for these services.
If your child has a temporary illness or disability that makes them miss school for at least 4 weeks, they might qualify for Home/Hospital Instruction. (Visit the Office of Superintendent's Home/Hospital Instruction page at bit.ly/3JLjXEX to learn more.)
The COVID-19 pandemic may continue to cause some students to miss school.
During the 2021-2022 school year, districts must excuse in-person or remote learning absences if a student needs to quarantine and one of these is true:
The student or a family member is also sick or has symptoms.
The student does not have needed instructional tools to do remote learning, such as computers or access to internet or Wi-Fi.
Ask for help if your child is not going to school. Contact the principal or a teacher at your child's school. If you do nothing, the school may file a truancy action in court. If you ask for and do not get help, you can file a truancy action.