Regular Attendance is Important!

1. Students with frequent absences have lower grades and higher drop-out rates than students who attend school regularly.

2. Students with frequent absences are more likely to get involved with drugs, alcohol, and violence.

3. Your child's school loses government funding for each day your child is not in school.  This severely impacts what programs the school is able to provide, because schools are funded based on Average Daily Attendance (ADA), not on enrollment; i.e. the school only gets funded for the students who are AT SCHOOL, not for all those enrolled in school. 

What are the school attendance laws?

All persons between 6 and 18 years of age are required by California law to attend school.  Parents have a legal responsibility to ensure their child's attendance.  (ED. Code 48200).

A pupil is considered a truant if he/she is absent without a valid excuse 3 full days in one school year; tardy or absent more than a 30-minute period during the school day without a valid excuse on 3 occasions in one school year; or any combination thereof.  (ED Code 48260)

A student's refusal to attend school regularly can result in a referral to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB), Juvenile Probation or the Juvenile Court System.  (ED Code 48263)

Parents who fail to compel their child's attendance may face criminal prosecution and penalties.  (ED Code 48291)

Attendance

How do I report my student's absence from school?

If your student will be staying home, the parent / guardian / caregiver MUST do ONE of the following:
 

1. Call the school on the day of the absence.

  • Identify yourself as the parent / guardian / caregiver of your student
  • Give the reason for the absence and the anticipated dates of absence
  • NOTE: Babysitting, going shopping, overslept, didn't feel like going, grandparents are visiting, taking a day off, going on vacation with family and having nothing to wear are unexcused absence!

2. Write a note to the principal and send it with the student when he/she returns to school.  The note should include the      student's name, the date(s) of absence, the reason for the absence, the signature of the parent / caregiver, and the date.

 

If the parent / caregiver does NOT do one of the above, the student will receive an Unexcused Absence.

Is my child too sick for school?

When is my child too sick for school?

Here are a few guidelines for when a child is probably too sick to come to school:

  • Temperature of more than 100o
  • Sore with yellowish discharge or crust
  • Undiagnosed rash
  • Constant cough or runny nose
  • Eyes with drainage or crusted lids
  • vomiting or diarrhea

The goal of the school is to provide an education.  Please help us keep sick children home and well children in class EVERY DAY.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call your child's school site office.  The school secretaries or school nurse can assist you.

Helpful hints to keep from spreading germs (note: these are just a small sampling of helpful hints.  Use common sense when you are ill or not feeling well)

  • Cover your mouth when you cough (cough into your elbow rather than your hand to keep from transferring germs)
  • Throw all used Kleenex in the garbage can right away rather than putting them on the table or counter
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water
  • Do not share your food, eating utensils or drinking glasses/water bottles

Types of Absences

Excused Absence

An absence will be recorded as excused for the following reasons:

  • Illness of student
  • Medical/dental appointments.  Parents are encouraged to schedule appointments after school hours.
  • Quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer
  • Funeral of immediate family (parent, grandparent, sibling) limited to 1 day in state, 3 days out of state
  • Legal matters*
  • Religious holidays or ceremony, not more than 4 hours per semester*
  • Funeral ceremony other than immediate family*
  • Unforeseen emergencies (i.e. natural disasters) will be handled on a case-by-case basis

*Must be requested in writing by parent/guardian prior to absence and approved by district-designated official.

Unexcused Absence

A students absence will be recorded as unexcused for the following reasons:

  • Any absence other than those listed above as excused absence

Independent Study Contract

If student will be absent from school a minimum of 5 days an Independent Study Contract may be signed.  Such absences are considered unexcused unless the Independent Study Contract is returned completed.  Parents are encouraged to take family vacations during school breaks.

Excessive Absences

Excused - Students accumulating more than 10 excused absences are considered excessive and may be referred to SARB for truancy proceedings. (ED Code 48260.5)

Unexcused - Unexcused absences beyond 3 school days per school year are considered excessive and may be referred to SARB for truancy proceedings. (ED Code 48260.5)

Your student's success in school begins with regular attendance.

School staff recognizes the positive impact that regular school attendance has on student achievement.  As parents/guardians, you play a key role in helping your children achieve their goals.

Did you know that when a child misses just one day of school, it takes two days to catch up?  When students are not in class they miss important information and instruction.  Quality education requires regular and continuous instruction.  For students to experience continued improvement,  all students need to be in school EVERY DAY and ready to learn.  Regular attendance benefits the student, the class, the school and the community.

  • Attending school every day is one of the most powerful tools for student success.
  • Students need parental support to help them develop the habit of regular school attendance.

​Because regular attendance is vital to academic success, school or district staff will contact parents by phone, letter, and/or home visits to assist in encouraging regular consistent  student attendance.  All compulsory education laws will be followed (ED Code 48200).