Attendance Policy

Purpose: To teach our students that being present and on time is a basic individual responsibility. Being present, in mind as well as body, improves listening and memory skills. "Presence" helps to develop persistence and ability to learn. Punctuality is an irreducible basic skill required of anyone who wants to get even a low-skill job and become a responsible, productive adult.

School attendance is required by law. Education Code section 48200 of the State of California requires every child between the ages of 6 and 18 years of age to attend school every day and on time. Studies prove that student attendance increases student achievement.

Parents/guardians are responsible for their child's school attendance and must notify the school if their child is not in school and why. Acceptable reasons for excused absences are listed below. Absences due to activities such as babysitting, accompanying parents on errands and attending concerts or sporting events are unexcused.

Absences from school for five or more days may be excused if a parent/guardian requests a contract for independent study at least one week prior to absence. The child must complete the contract within the set timeline. After any absence, a student must report to the appropriate school office to obtain readmission before returning to class.

No student shall have his/her grade reduced or lose credit for an excused absence. A student with an excused absence will be allowed to complete all assignments and tests missed during the absence. Upon satisfactory completion of the assignment or test, within a reasonable period of time, the student will be given full credit. Tests and assignments will be reasonably equivalent to, but not necessarily identical to, the tests and assignments that the student missed during the absence. (Education Code Section 48205)

If an attendance problem arises and cannot be resolved by school staff, the school may refer the student and family to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB). If the SARB cannot resolve the attendance problem, it has the authority to refer cases to Juvenile Court. For addition-al details, refer to district Procedures 4705 (section 17b) and 6166, available at your school and on the district website at

Excused Absences

Notwithstanding Education Code Section 48200, a student will be excused from school when the absence is:

Due to personal illness;
Due to quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer;
For the purpose of having medical, dental, optometric or chiropractic services rendered;
Pupils enrolled in grades 7-12 may be excused from school for the purpose of obtaining confidential medical services without the consent of the pupil's parents/guardians.
For attending the funeral service of an immediate family member. The allowed absence is for one day if the service is in California and three days if outside California;
For the purpose of jury duty in the manner provided for by law;
For illness or medical appointment during school of a child who the student is the custodial parent;
For justifiable personal reasons, including, but not limited to, a court appearance, attendance at a funeral service, observance of a religious holiday or ceremony, attendance at a religious retreat or attendance at an employment conference when the student's absence has a written request from the parent and approval by the principal or a designated representative;
? For spending time with an immediate family member, who is an active duty member of the uniformed services, and has been called to duty for, is on leave from, or has immediately returned from, deployment to a combat zone or combat support position.
? For purposes of this section, attendance at religious retreats shall not ex-ceed four hours per semester.

Absences pursuant to this section are deemed to be absences in computing average daily attendance and shall not generate state apportionment payments


All students are expected to be on time to each class.

Tardies and truancies affect citizenship grades

All uncleared absences will be considered truancies after 5 days

All students must have at least a 2.0 GPA in academics and citizenship to participate in extra-curricular activities.

TARDY POLICY (by each marking period)

These are the administrative procedures, additional consequences to be determined by the classroom teacher:

1st tardy in a class

Warning and counsel student

2nd tardy in a class

Warning and parent contact

At teacher's discretion, he/she may assign a detention to be served with the teacher

On the 10th cumulative tardy (in all classes) during a grading period, a student will be placed on a
"loss of privileges" list.

The recommended citizenship grade on the 4th tardy in a class during a grading period would be no higher than an "N." Any additional tardies in the grading period would result in a "U."

Excessive tardiness may result in other consequences and disciplinary actions.

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