From the Attendance Clerk:
We kindly ask that you keep your child home only when it’s absolutely necessary.
Bear in mind that every school-day missed puts your student more than two days behind his/her classmates. Consider, too, that California has changed the way its schools are funded; we receive funding only when students are present at school.
Attendance is important! Send your child to school—on time—every day!
ABSENCES FROM SCHOOL
Excused absences are those due to an illness, a medical appointment, a court appearance, a death in the family, or a religious holiday.
Each absence from school must be reported to the Attendance Office by a parent/guardian within 72 hours of occurrence, as required by state law. Notify us every day that your student is absent.
If we do not hear from a parent/guardian regarding your student’s absence, we will attempt to telephone you. Your student must bring a note to the Attendance Office before school on the day he/she returns .
Please understand that all absences are considered unexcused—and will be marked as truancies after 24 hours—until we hear from a parent/guardian.
Repeated unexcused absences for all or part of the school day, including absences from school without knowledge or consent of parents and/or unexcused tardiness, constitutes truancy under the State Education Code, Students who have numerous unexcused absences, tardies, or truancies from school may be referred to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB) for official intervention.
Student arrives late to school for any reason- he/she must check in at the Attendance Office before going to class. For safety reasons, it is important for school staff to be aware that your child is now on campus.
You may notify us in any one of the following ways:
LEAVING CAMPUS EARLY
Contact the Attendance Office early in the day (via phone call, note, or email) when an appointment will require early dismissal. Parents are required to come to the Attendance Office to meet and sign out their student. Students may not meet parents in the parking lot or drop-off lane. Photo Identification may be required when signing out a student. Your student will only be released to those persons listed on his/her emergency card.
INDEPENDENT STUDY CONTRACT
Pre-planning an absence (5+days)- your student may be eligible for an Independent Study Contract.
- Contracts are available through the Attendance Office and must be signed by parent before the student’s absence begins.
- Your student may receive both academic and attendance credit for assignments completed and returned under a study contract.
- All work must be completed when the student returns to school in order to receive full credit.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS/PHONE NUMBER
Change in address, phone number, or emergency phone numbers- please notify the office immediately. In the event your child becomes ill or is injured, authorized persons must be able to be contacted.
**Attendance Office Phone: 760.504.1003 (direct line and after hours voicemail).