We are asking all parents to help us ensure the regular, on-time attendance of their children at school. We monitor attendance closely because research has shown that regular attendance is vital for the success of children in school. California law states that absences are excused only if the child is ill or there is an excuse which meets the requirements of the California Education Code Section 48205. Even excused absences that cause your child to miss significant amounts of school can cause your child to fall behind in class.
Clearing an Absence
When a student is absent from school, the parent/guardian MUST phone the school office at 532-1165 before 10:00 a.m. on the day of the absence or fill out the absence for on the website. In lieu of a phone call, the parent may send a note with the student on the day he/she returns to school. All notes must be in ink with the student’s name, date, the reason for absence and parent signature. Absences not cleared within 72 hours will automatically become unexcused. When a student is absent due to a medical/dental appointment the office MUST receive a doctor’s note for every appointment. Until a note is received, the absence will be unexcused. Student absent for five or more days must bring a doctor’s note upon their return to school.
Absence Report and Disciplinary Policy
Reports to home regarding unexcused absences will follow the schedule below…
1-2 unexcused: Parent phone call.
3-4 excused or unexcused: Letter home to notify parent of number of days absent.
5 excused or unexcused: Letter home notifying parent that student is on track to chronic absenteeism and next step actions will be taken.
6-9 excused or unexcused: Home visit with IECCS Director and the required signing of an Attendance Contract.
10 excused or more unexcused: Attendance Contract revoked and student may be dismissed.
When a student arrives at school 25 minutes after start of school, a parent must sign the student in at the office or write a note as to why the student was tardy. Administration will determine if the tardy is excused. If a parent has not signed in the student or written a note it will be considered an unexcused, single-class truancy. Additional demerits will be issued any time tardiness is not formally excused. In addition to disciplinary consequences, it is important to know that tardies disrupt the learning environment for other students.