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PARENTS - STAY INFORMED
The parent/guardian (or his designee) must come in to sign, present an official ID, and pick up the student from the office. No student is to leave campus before the end of the school day without office approval.
All parents are to actively use the Parent Portal to closely monitor student’s attendance record. For instructions, please go here.
Reasons for Absence
Illness, Medical (quarantine or hospitalization), Health Appointment (not contagious and not hospitalized; usually not an all-day absence), Death of a parent, sibling, grandparent, or member of the immediate household (limit is one day in state and three days out of state), Justifiable (court appearance; religious observance limited to 4 hours per semester; custodial parent of a child who is ill or has a health appointment during school hours; personal), Unexcused (absence not verified in a timely manner), and Truancy.
Saturday School (WIN Program)
Attending one Saturday School allows the student the opportunity to clear up one full-day-absence. The responsible student signs up for Saturday School. In addition, Saturday School is assigned to students with excessive or chronic absences on their record.
TYPES OF ABSENCES
Absent more than 10% of the time; includes all types of absences.
More than eight days of absence cumulative in the entire school year for any reason that is not hospitalization.
For all absences except truancy/unexcused, a student is permitted to make up the work missed, provided that the student or parent makes arrangements with teachers. It is the parent/student's responsibility to make these arrangements. Student shall submit make up work within the deadlines set by the teachers usually a time period not to exceed the total number of days absent.
Zero to four days of absence cumulative in the entire school year.
Students who are successful have normal attendance. This includes all absences. Strong attendance promotes learning and a sense of personal responsibility in the student and it is imperative for academic achievement.
No absence to any class.
Students are expected to be in their assigned seats ready to work when the tardy bell rings. If a student is detained by a staff member, the student must obtain a written pass from that staff member. If a student is tardy to class after teacher warning and parent contact by the teacher, the student will be subject to the consequence provided by the teacher. Punctuality is a behavior or conduct concern.
Absent or tardy in excess of 30 minutes to any class during the school day without a valid excuse.
Any absence not verified in a timely manner (within 72 hours of the absence). The unverified absence will be recorded as unexcused for the remainder of the school year. Unexcused absences are counted together with the truancy absences.
COMPULSORY EDUCATION LAW
Parents of school-age children who receive the First Notification of Truancy Letter or the Excessive Excused Absences Notice #1 are required to attend a meeting at the school with the Principal Designee. Parents who receive the Second Notification of Truancy Letter will have their child’s attendance reviewed by attendance staff or by the district attorney. Parents will be mailed a District Attorney Letter along with the Second Notification of Truancy. These parents will be required to attend the general conference with the District Attorney at a designated site.
Students are expected to attend school every day. Education Code 48290 sets out the basic authorization for the County District Attorney to hold parents accountable for their school-age children’s attendance.
Notification Letters to Parents
The School District Office mails home three types of notification to alert parents of an attendance problem and urging parents to take corrective action. The types of notification are Tardy Letter, Excessive Excused Absences Letter, and Truancy Letter.
School Attendance Review Board (SARB)
California compulsory education law requires minors between the ages of six and eighteen years of age to attend school, except sixteen and seventeen-year-olds who have graduated from high school or passed the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) and obtained parental permission to leave.
Any student with habitual truancy or excessive absences or chronic absences will be considered for recommendation to the School Attendance Review Board. If the student continues to miss school after the SARB Hearing, the matter is referred to the courts. Court can then use penalties or other measures to seek compliance with compulsory school attendance.
Timely Notification of Absence (Verification, Explanation by the parent/guardian)
Parents shall notify the Attendance Office on the same day of the absence to report the student’s absence and verify all absences no later than 72 hours after the absence either in person, by telephone at the Attendance Office line, by Attendance Fax, or by making sure the student brings in the parent note and/or official documentation to the attendance office no later than 72 hours after the absence. Also, students must turn in their Activity Release Slip for School Field Trip or School Activity to the attendance office no later than a day after the event. The office staff updates the attendance record based on the timeliness.