Fifteen percent of students in the South San Francisco Unified School District were truant during the 2010-2011 school year, according to the State Department of Education's most recent data. That means those students were tardy or absent without being excused three or more times during the year.
As students head back to school Wednesday, parents and guardians are reminded to write notes when their child is absent or else the absence will be counted as truant.
Also during the 2010-2011 school year, approximately 25 percent of students in the county were truant compared to the state’s average of nearly 30 percent.
The district's truancy rate last school year was the highest it has been in six years, but still remains half the rate of the state average.
Skyline and Monte Verde Elementaries had no truances listed. Martin Elementary and Alta Loma Middle have the next lowest rate in the district.
El Camino High had the most expulsions and suspensions last year. Parkway Heights had the most suspensions among the district's middle schools.
Look up other districts' expulsion, suspension and truancy rates on the state's website.
For Superintendent Alejandro Hogan's general message for the 2012-2013 school year, read .