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Compulsory Attendance Law

Attendance is extremely important to a child's academic success.  The Compulsory Attendance Law (E.C. 48200), requires that all children aged 6-18 attend school regularly and punctually.  Absences due to personal illness, court appearance, or medical appointments can be verified if official documentation is provided.  Absences due to personal reasons, oversleeping, car repair, shopping, working, lack of clothing or lunch money, babysitting, extended vacation days, or trips do not meet the legal criteria and will be designated as unverified.  Parental notes and phone calls are accepted, but marked as unverified.  Absences which are not verified either through official documentation or parental notification will be marked as truant.  Unauthorized or Excessive absences, even those verified by parents, may lead to disciplinary actions which include but are not limited to learning lab assignments, Saturday School Assignments, Isolated Classroom Experience (ICE), referral to the Student Attendance Review Board (SARB), or alternative placement. 

Attendance Staff

Delgado, Angelica
Child Welfare and Attendance Coordinator
Hernandez, Maria
Attendance Office
Lopez, Olga$
Assistant Principal of Student Services
Villanueva, Olivia
Attendance Staff

Attendance Office

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Tardies and Truancies

Tardy Policy

1st/2nd Tardy:  Teacher will counsel student as to the importance of punctuality.  

3rd Tardy:  Computer will generate a 1-hour detention.  Teacher is responsible for verbally notifying student that a detention has been issued and      must contact parent.   

4th Tardy:  Computer will generate a 1-hour detention.  Teacher is responsible for verbally notifying student that a detention has been issued and           must contact parent.  

5th Tardy:  Computer will generate a 2-hour detention.  Teacher is responsible for verbally notifying student that a detention has been issued and           must contact parent.  

6th Tardy:  Teacher will refer student to Counselor.  Counselor will assign a Saturday School and parent contact/conference will be held.   

7th Tardy:  Teacher will refer student to CWA (Child Welfare and Attendance Coordinator).  CWA will have a conference with parent and student.  Continued tardies may result in further disciplinary action, placement on behavior agreement, referral to SARB (Student Attendance Review Board), or referral to an Alternative Educational Program.  

 

Single Period Truancy Policy

1st Truancy:  Computer will generate a 1-hour detention.  Teacher is responsible for verbally notifying student that a detention has been issued.  

2nd Truancy:  Computer will generate a 1-hour detention.  Teacher is responsible for verbally notifying student that a detention has been issued.  

3rd Truancy:  Teacher will refer student to CWA.  Parent conference will be held.   

4th Truancy:  Teacher will refer student to CWA.  SARB warning or possible Alternative placement may occur.  

Excessive Absence Policy (10+)

Students with excessive absences of 10 or more days per school year will be directed to make up any additional lost instructional time through Saturday School.  The Excessive Absence Policy (10+) applies to all day, partial day and single period absences.  Students that have exceeded the 10+ excessive absence policy can be placed on an behavior agreement, referred to SARB (Student Attendance Review Board), referred to an Alternative Educational Program and or checked out from school without any prior notification to parents.   

Procedures

-Students are required to have a signature Card on file, which contains valid signatures of parents/guardians and current contact phone numbers.  Only individuals on the signature cards will be allowed to pick up students from school.  An identification card must be presented at the time of pick up to match the names on the signature card.  Parents are responsible for updating cards whenever a change of address or phone number occurs. 

-Parents are requested to call and notify the Attendance Office on each day the student is absent. 

-Parents may send a note on the day of the student's return to campus explaining the absence.  The note must include:  1)  The date(s) of the absence; 2) The specific reason for the absence; and 3) A valid parent or guardian signature. 

-Students must pick up a re-admit on the day they return to campus.  They must go to the re-admittance window in the Attendance Office by 7:45 am to avoid being late to class.  A learning lab assignment will be given to students who return to class without first picking up a re-admit.  

-Parental notes and phone calls are accepted but marked as "unverified".  Only those absences with official documentation such as medical or court appointments are considered verified.  

-If a student returns to school without a phone call or note, the absence will be considered truant and Saturday school will be assigned.  Parents will then have a two-day period to verify the absence.  After this two-day period, no changes will be made and the student will be required to serve the assignment.  

-Doctor's appointments should be scheduled for after-school hours.  If this is not possible, please schedule them after lunch so that students may attend for at least part of the day.  A doctor's note verifying the date and time of the appointment must be submitted to the attendance office upon the student's return in order to verify the absence.   

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Leaving Campus

Under the closed campus policy, students may not leave campus before the end of their school day without authorization from the Attendance Office, Health Office or an Administrator.  Students desiring to leave during the day must adhere to the following procedures:

-A parental note or phone call must be presented to the Attendance Office prior to the time the student is scheduled to leave.  Students who leave school without checking out through the Attendance Office first will be deemed truant and will receive disciplinary action. 

-Only individuals on the emergency card will be allowed to pick up students, unless parents/guardians have made prior arrangements with the office.  A valid I.D. must be presented upon the authorized release of a student from school. 

-If a student must leave school due to an emergency, the Child Welfare and Attendance Coordinator (CWA) must be contacted for administrative approval prior to leaving.