Attendance is the most fundamental building block for success in high school. Because parental support is essential in the maintenance of accurate attendance records, we request that you familiarize yourself with the following procedures and review them with your students.
All legitimate student absences must be cleared by a parent/guardian. These clearances must be accomplished by the following methods:
ALL ABSENCES MUST BE CLEARED WITHIN 2 SCHOOL DAYS OF A STUDENT'S RETURN TO SCHOOL - WEEKENDS & HOLIDAYS EXCLUDED
Notes are to be turned in to the Attendance Office before school, during lunch, or after school. Telephone calls may be made to the Attendance Office using the following numbers:
MOST IMPORTANT: Absences not cleared within the 48-hour time period are considered to be unexcused (truant) and will result in disciplinary action against a student consistent with guidelines contained in this packet. NOTE: All absences must be cleared through the Attendance Staff. Calls to other offices relative to attendance are not recorded and will not suffice to clear an absence.
To assist parents in keeping informed of students absences, an automatic calling system makes daily calls to the home of students who are marked absent for any period during the day unless that absence has been previously cleared. If you have any questions regarding your student's attendance, please call the Attendance Office. We hope this information will be of value to you during the coming year.
If a student is late to first period, the tardiness will be excused IF a parent/guardian walks the student to the Attendance Office window or sends a note with the student. No phone calls will be accepted the first 30 minutes of school. After 5 excused tardies, the teacher or administrator may assign the student to report to detention instead of interrupting the class again. Tardies excused with a Doctor's note or by parent will show as an "N" on the attendance page. All others will be shown as a "T" for unexcused tardy.
A student will be marked absent by each teacher at any time he/she is not present in his/her scheduled class.
When a student returns following an absence, the Attendance Office must be notified within 48 hours (not including weekends or holidays) by means of a parent/guardian note or telephone call stating the reason for the absence. Students may turn in notes to the Attendance Office before school, during lunch, or after school.
At twenty (20) periods of non-classroom participation per semester, but not including athletics, school activities, hospitalization, or verified medical convalescence, an individual teacher may reduce a student's semester grade one full letter grade. Grade lowering begins on the 20th class absence and is reduced for every five (5) additional absences. For example, if a student has earned an "A" grade, his/her grade will be reduced to a "B" on the 20th absence, and lowered to a "C" on the 25 absence. (Except for Physical Education, see policy of department regarding 80% participation).
Failure to clear an absence with a legitimate reason within 48 hours will result in a truancy being marked on the student's attendance record. Using forged notes or making unauthorized telephone calls to clear absences will be cause for disciplinary action and possible suspension from school.
Education Code 46012
Verification of absences — students 18 years of age and over: For purposes of any procedure for verification of absences from school, a student 18 years of age or over, with respect to his own absences from school, shall have all the responsibilities and powers which, in the case of a minor, would be charged to the parent, guardian, or other person having charge or control of the minor.
The Attendance Office requires a note of approval from the parent/guardian to allow their 18 year old student to be responsible for their own verification of absences.
FULL DAY TRUANCY
b. In-School Suspensionc. Suspension
d. Referral to School Attendance Review Board (S.A.R.B.)
e. Referral to Alternative Education
CLASS CUTS (1 to 3 unexcused periods per day)
The school may take disciplinary action against students for any infraction related to school attendance that occurs at any time including, but not limited to, the following:
Actions taken for school related infractions may include: a warning, detention, Saturday School, in-school suspension, suspension, referral to the Alternative Education Committee, the School Attendance Review Team (S.A.R.T.), or the School Attendance Review Board (S.A.R.B.), expulsion recommendation and involvement of local law enforcement agencies, as appropriate.