Attendance Procedures

ATTENDANCE POLICIES

Attendance Office phone: 805- 534-2837

THE MORNING BELL RINGS AT 8:00 A.M.

SCHOOL STARTS AT 8:05 A.M. TUESDAY-FRIDAY; 9:15 A.M. ON LATE START MONDAY

EXCUSED ABSENCE: A absence is excused only for: illness; bereavement; medical, dental, court appointment; quarantine; or school sanctioned activity. All other absences are considered unexcused.

CONFIDENTIAL MEDICAL RELEASE: *School district shall notify pupils in grades 7 to 12, inclusive, and the parents/guardians/caregivers of all pupils enrolled in the district, that school authorities may excuse any pupil from the school for the purpose of obtaining confidential medical services without the consent of the pupil’s parent/guardian/caregiver. These services may include treatment having to do with drugs/alcohol, reproductive health, sexually transmitted diseases, and mental health. (Ed. Code 46010.1)

UNEXCUSED ABSENCE: Unexcused absences include family travel out of town, and any absence not deemed excusable as mentioned above. The State of California considers a student a truant if he/she receives three (3) or more unexcused absences and requires the school to notify the parent. On the third or more unexcused absence, the school will send you a School Attendance Review Board letter indicating the classification of your child as a truant per the state’s Education Code.

Here are a few guidelines to follow in case of absence:

For student safety and state compliance, absences need to be called in each day to the Attendance Office before 10:00 am. For your convenience our Attendance Office has a 24-hour telephone message service to leave messages regarding absences at (805) 534-2837. Please give specific reasons for absences since the State of California requires specificity to be considered for an excused absence.

Failure to verify an absence within 24 hours, by indicating the day(s), date(s), and reason will result in a truancy/cut and detentions assigned accordingly.

Students are responsible for completing missing assignments. The time allowed to make up work is equal to the time of the absence, for excused absences only.

TARDY TO CLASS

Punctuality is a common, reasonable, and legal expectation for students. Students need to be in their assigned seats, ready to work when the period begins. Students tardy to 1st period need to check into the Attendance Office prior to reporting to their class. Oversleeping, missing the bus, or late because of non-medical reasons are considered unexcused tardies. Regardless of the cause, tardies are the student’s responsibility. An after-school detention will be assigned for multiple unexcused tardies. Continued unexcused tardies to any period will result in systematic consequences including, parent conference, and School Attendance Review Board notification by letters.

SHORT-TERM INDEPENDENT STUDY PROGRAM- OUT OF TOWN ABSENCES

If it is necessary to have your child out of school for family business/travel for an extended period of time-

5 to 20 consecutive days, please make an appointment with the Attendance Secretary no less than

10 school days prior to leaving.

An Independent Study Agreement will be developed indicating all home/class work assigned; all assigned work will be due immediately upon return to school in order to receive full credit. Independent Study can only be requested once per academic year.

It is the Parent’s legal responsibility to notify the Attendance Office before 10:00 a.m. the morning of everyday of absence.CALL 534-2837