Attendance is extremely important for academic success. It is important that your child arrive at school on time every day.
The first bell rings at 7:55 a.m. and the tardy bell rings at 8:00 a.m. Students are to be in their class lines at 7:55. Students who arrive on campus after the tardy bell rings are considered tardy. If students arrive after the 8:00 tardy bell, they will be required to check in at the front doors of the school for temperature checks. Students arriving after 8:15 must check into the office
Excessive tardiness and/or absences will result in an attendance letter and/or Student Attendance Review Team (SART). Students with continued excessive absences and tardies will be referred to the district’s Student Attendance Support Panel (SASP), (previously known as SARB), at the district Child Welfare and Attendance office.
If your child is absent for more than one day and you would like to request make-up work, please call the school prior to 8:30 a.m. This will give the teacher adequate time to have it ready for you to pick up by the end of the school day.
Please note the following regulations regarding attendance:
Education code Section 48260(a) defines a “truant” as “Any pupil subject to compulsory full-time education or to compulsory continuation education who is absent from school without valid excuse three full days or tardy or absent more than any 30 minute period during the school day without a valid excuse on three occasions in one school year, or any combination thereof, is a truant and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor or superintendent of the school district.”
Education Code Section 48260.5 states that districts, upon a student’s initial classification as a truant, must notify the student’s parent or guardian by using the most cost effective method possible, which may include electronic mail or a telephone call:
* That the student is truant
* That the parent or guardian is obligated to compel the attendance of the student at school
* That parents or guardians who fail to meet this obligation may be guilty of an infraction and subject to prosecution pursuant to Education Code Section 48290.
Education Code Section 48262 – “Any pupil is deemed a habitual truant who has been reported as a truant three or more times per school year, provided that no pupil shall be deemed an habitual truant unless an appropriate district officer or employee has made a conscientious effort to hold at least one conference with a parent or guardian of the pupil and the pupil himself/herself, after the filing of either of the reports required by Section 48260 or Section 48261. For the purposes of this section, a conscientious effort means attempting to communicate with the parents of the pupil at least once using the most cost-effective method possible, which may include electronic mail or a telephone call.” (Amend. Stats. 19976, Ch. 1010)
Education Code 48264.5 - states “Any minor who is required to be reported as a truant pursuant to Section 48260 or 4826 may be required to attend makeup classes conducted on one day of a weekend pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 37223.
If attendance does not improve students may receive a written warning from law enforcement, be referred to the district Student Attendance Support Panel (SASP), required to attend a county truancy prevention class, and/or be adjudged a ward of the courts for repeated truancy. Students who fail to complete assigned actions subject their parents to one or more progressive consequences up to and including a fine of $2000 and or jail time.
If you are planning to take your child out of school for five days or more due to a family emergency or unforeseen event, please contact your child’s teacher and the school office in advance and request an Independent Study Contract. Your child will receive school work which must be completed and turned in upon return in order to receive credit for the work and time missed from school. Vacation does not qualify for Independent Study. Please plan vacations during non-school days. Students absent from school in excess of five days, not on an independent contract or doctor’s note, will be dropped from school.