California Education Code 48293(a) states that any parent or guardian having control or charge of any student who fails to comply with compulsory attendance, unless excused or exempted, is guilty of an infraction and shall be punished as follows:
- Upon a first conviction, by a fine of not more than $100
- Upon a second conviction, by a fine of not more than $250
- Upon a third or subsequent conviction, if the person has willfully refused to comply with the section, by a fine of not more than $500
In lieu of imposing the fines prescribed above, the court may order the person to be placed in a parent education and counseling program.