Regular attendance is expected from all students. It is required by state law and contributes to satisfactory school performance. Students who are truant (absent without valid excuse) will be assigned Saturday school or other appropriate punishment. Students who have excessive absences, even if excused, may be restricted from school activities and referred to SARB (Student Attendance Review Board).
California law clearly states that children age six to eighteen shall attend school on a regular daily basis. Parents are required to send school-aged children to school, or be in violation of the law. Parents who do not send their children to school may be brought before the District Attorney for prosecution. Children may also be referred to the juvenile court. Failure to send your child to school may also result in a fine of $250 per day for each absence
The only reasons a child can be absent from school are personal illness, medical/dental appointments, or death in the immediate family.
Parents must verify each absence by note or telephone call to the school attendance office at 358-1698. Notification must be on the first day of the absence.
Extended absences: Parents are responsible for notifying teachers and the office in advance of extended absences. Students are responsiblefor all missed assignments. Assignments may be obtained from the teacher with 48 hours notice.
Parents will be mailed attendance letters after 3, 4, and 5 unexcused absences. Subsequent absences will be referred to the District Office for further action.
Students who are late to school must be signed in at the office by their parent; otherwise a consequence will be given.
Students who have seen a doctor or dentist during school time are to submit notes upon their return to school.
Promptness to class is very important. Students should be in class and in their seats ready to begin class before the tardy bell rings.
Students who arrive tardy to school must be signed in at the office by their parent. Students who are not signed in by their parents will receive a consequence. Students seen by a doctor or dentist must present written verification upon arrival.
All late arrivals and early dismissals will be posted on the student’s permanent attendance record. Multiple tardies will result in a referral to the School Attendance Review Board. Students who arrive tardy to periods 1 – 6 may be assigned an after school detention, lunch detention or Minimum Day School detention.
Students who have been detained in the office or by a teacher, must ask for a pass from the person who detained them before going to the next class.
Passing periods between classes are four minutes in length. This provides adequate time to move from one class to the next, use the restroom, or get a drink of water regardless of the distance between classes. Students who are not seated before the bell rings will be considered tardy and assigned detention.
Permission to Leave Class
During the time classes are in session, no one is allowed in the halls without a pass issued by a teacher or school official. Students out of class without a signed pass will be considered truant. Truancy will result in a Minimum Day School detention. Students are to be courteous at all times. Running and shouting in the halls is never permitted. Students must also sign the out of class log.