• Esqueda Attendance Policy  

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     24 hr. absence line is available to you. 714-431-1500
    Please call the attendance absence line to report absences or send a note to your students teacher, as soon as possible. Please include the following information in your phone message or note: student's name, student's teacher and/or grade, the days student has/will miss, and the reason for the  absence (i.e. illness, injury, personal, etc.).

    Parents, students and all school personnel NEED to be involved in pupil attendance. We take the responsibility to encourage your child to attend and participate in class by providing meaningful learning experiences and by beginning instruction PROMPTLY. 


    Parents must help students arrive at school ON TIME, EVERY DAY.  An occasional absence for illness is not surprising during the year.  TARDIES MUST BE AVOIDED.  If a child NEEDS to go to the dentist or doctor before or during school hours, we appreciate your returning him/her to school for the remainder of the day for instruction.  We ask that you try to schedule such appointments before or after the school day. 


    WE ARE REQUIRED BY LAW to have attendance procedures as well as consequences for non-attendance.  You will be contacted if your child has excessive absences, tardies and/or unverified absences. (Please refer to Discipline Policy). 
    Based on State Law, Santa Ana Unified District personnel will send a formal Notification of Truancy Letter after 4 absences and it comes with the possibility of a $100 fine.  After 6 absences, you will receive a letter of Habitual Truancy from the District, with a possible $500 fine. 
    When attendance problems persist, home calls will be made by the Santa Ana Unified School District Child Welfare and Attendance Worker, and/or a SARB (Santa Ana Student Attendance Review Board) referral will be made.
    These procedures are for your child’s benefit.  Excessive absences and/or tardies interfere with your child’s learning and with the instructional program in the classroom.  We hope you understand our concern and will assist us in implementing these procedures.


    New State Law

    As of July 1, 1998, the State of California implemented a new state law, SB 727, "Actual Attendance Accounting".  This legislation changed how districts are funded and states that school districts no longer receive funding for any absences.  Districts receive funds only for actual attendance by a student.


    "Actual Attendance" requires that the student be present for at least a portion of the school day to receive funding.  Therefore, parents are encouraged to send their students to school for part of the school day if the student needs to miss part of the school day for a doctor or dental appointment, rather than not send the student to school for the whole day. 
    Students that are ill should remain at home and come to school only when well enough to do so.  Our rule of thumb is that if a child has a temperature of 100° or higher or is vomiting, he/she should stay home. Please contact the school nurse if you have any concerns which may require assistance.  
     It is important for you to know that the district will still continue to require parent notes or phone calls to verify the reason for student's absence.  The school staff appreciates your efforts to contact the school as soon as possible and a 24 hour absence line is available at 714-431-1574.
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    On Time Award
    Parent Note
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