The Orange County Buddhist Church Dharma School recognizes that regular attendance is important to learning and understanding the fundamental teachings of Buddhism. Therefore, the Dharma School program recognizes students with attendance awards for perfect attendance and up to two day absences.
The OCBC Dharma School attendance guidelines are as follows:
Perfect Attendance - no unexcused absences during the Dharma School year.
For perfect attendance, Dharma School students must attend all Dharma School / Family Services and three special services: Fall Ohigan in September, Ho-onko in January, and Hanamatsuri in April.
Beginning this school year, students in all grades will remain in the Hondo for the entire service.
Students who have perfect attendance throughout the Dharma School year receive a lapel pin - indicating the number of cumulative years of perfect attendance, a ribbon, and a certificate of attendance.
One or Two Day Absences – up to two unexcused absence during the Dharma School year.
Students with up to two absences will be recognized with a “Right Effort” award.
Dharma School Class Absences may be excused for the following reasons:
Attendance at a religious service at another church or temple or outing verified with a note from the visited church or temple or OCBC adult leader.
Attendance at an outing where a service is conducted, e.g. an OCBC Boy Scout camp-out where the Chaplain Aide conducts a "mini-service" and submits a note.
Home service - a "mini-service" conducted in the home - to qualify as an excused absence, a note from the parent / guardian must be submitted upon return to Dharma School.
Illness - to qualify as an excused absence, a note from the parent / guardian must be submitted upon return to Dharma School.