A grade 7-12 student who left school prior to completing the school year and had not returned by Information Day (a day in October when students throughout the state and counted and enrollment is determined). Students are not considered dropouts if they receive a General Education Development (GED) or California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) certificate, transfer to another high school or to a college, move out of the United States, are suspended or sick that day, or will be enrolling late.