Regular attendance is a central factor in your child’s education. Your help is important to ensure that your child is at school every day on time unless he/she is ill.
Types of Absences
- Excused: Illness, medical or dental appointments, bereavement, quarantine or immunization exclusion, religious holidays, (up to 4 days) and court appearances.
- Unexcused: Examples of unexcused absences include vacation trips, shopping, working, transportation breakdown, celebrations, missing the bus, negligence, oversleeping, suspensions.
Verification of Absence
When students are absent, their parents should call the absence line at 714-596-7080 to report the absence. Have the following information available:
- Date of absence
- First and last name of student
- Grade of student
- Student’s teacher
- Reason for absence
- Your name and relationship to student
Requests for homework should be made before 10:00 a.m. for pick-up in the front office after 3:00 p.m
All students returning from an absence which has not been verified by phone must bring a note on the first day back from an absence. Dates of absence, reason for absence(s) and parent signature need to be included on the note.
As part of our attendance monitoring we will notify parents by letter when their student has accumulated 5,10, and 13 excused/illness absence days or 3, 5, and 7, unexcused absence days in one school year. Students who accumulate more than 10 absences, in a school year will have attendance interventions developed and implemented and may be referred to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB) if interventions are unsuccessful. It is imperative that parents verify all absences whether excused or unexcused. If an absence remains unverified, after ten (10) days the absence will be counted as an unexcused absence.
If a student appears ill, has a fever, or any other symptoms of ill health, he/she should not be sent to school. If a student is sent to school and/or becomes ill during school hours, the teacher will issue a pass to the Nurse’s Office. If it is necessary to send the student home, the school health tech/nurse/office manager will contact the parents or other adult listed as an emergency contact.
It is important that students learn to be on time for school. Tardiness is difficult for the student and is disruptive to the entire classroom. If a student is late to school even five (5) minutes, he/she must check in at the office with a note (unless accompanied by a parent). Consistent tardiness will result in administrative and/or disciplinary action. In order for a tardy to be excused, student/parent must submit a note
California Education Code requires that every child between the ages of six and sixteen must attend school full time unless exempt under State law. A child is considered truant when he/she has been absent from school without a valid excuse for more than three days or tardy in excess of 30 minutes more than three days in one school year. If student attendance does not improve, official referral may be made to the Student Attendance Review Board.
Medical Appointment /Checkouts
Medical appointments should be scheduled so that they do not interfere with class time. Students who find it necessary to leave school for medical appointments are encouraged to return to school after the appointment has been completed.
Please send a note with your child on the day he/she is to be checked out early. DO NOT GO DIRECTLY TO CLASSROOM. Report to the office to sign your child out, and the child will be called to meet you in the office. The office does not call down to the classroom ahead of time.
We ask that you bring your child to school on time each day and plan family vacations during school vacation days. If time away from school is unavoidable and your child will be absent for a minimum of five days, there is a way for your child to continue his/her studies, receive attendance credit, and to continue school funding for your child. This method is called an “Independent Study Agreement”. The process is simple:
- Notify your child’s teacher at least one week in advance that you are going to be out of school and for what reason. A written request ofr independent study must be signed by a parent.
- The teacher will write up an “Independent Study” agreement for you to sign. This agreement will include a list of assignments and specific criteria for completing. This must also be signed and approved by the principal prior to your leaving.
- Completed agreements must be turned in to the teacher upon your return to class. The teacher and principal sign off the completed study. Upon successful completion of the work as assigned in the Independent Study, the absences will be recorded as “excused”.If the work assigned is not completed or not completed satisfactorily, the student’s absences will be recorded as “unexcused”.