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“Regular school attendance is a necessary part of the learning process and the means to graduation with a good education. Students who are frequently absent may be putting their futures in jeopardy. Chronic absenteeism, especially truancy, is a behavior that is highly associated with dropping out of school. Regular attendance is essential for success in school.” (School Attendance Improvement Handbook, Safe Schools & Violence Prevention Office, CA Department of Education)
The Attendance Policy is an effort to continue your conscientious efforts in making regular school attendance a priority. As you spend more time in the classroom, your academic success continues to improve. Regular and punctual attendance is expected, encouraged and, as necessary, enforced. School attendance only works with cooperation between the students, parents and school. The Attendance Policy guidelines are:
- Regular attendance is an important factor in academic success.
- To verify an absence(s) a parent/guardian must call the Attendance office (522 – 2414/2413), provide a signed note, or bring in a doctor’s note within 48 hours.
- The student's responsibility is to provide the Attendance office with accurate, current phone numbers and contacts. This may help verify absences and allow students to leave school for appointments.
- Verified absences must be cleared within 48 hours otherwise the absence may be considered unverified contributing to truancy.
- The truancy process begins after 3 or more unverified full day absences or ten or more unverified period absences in a school year (California Education Code §48260).
- As a legal truant, students may be referred to mediation, Child & Welfare Services, and/or have LEGAL ACTION taken against them by the Deputy District Attorney (DDA).
- As a legal truant, students may be assigned up to 40 hours of community service, fined up to $365, and lose license for up to one year.
- As a legal truant, students may lose school privileges that may include, but are not limited to, bus passes, CECAs, parking permits, open campus, field trips, dances, senior activities, etc.
- Absences totaling more than 10% of the school year (verified or unverified) may require families to provide a note from a health professional for each additional absence.
- Continued truancy (including tardiness) may result in administrative consequences including school detentions and parent conferences.
- Unverified absences and/or class cuts may prohibit me from making up missed assignments.
- Arriving on time to class is mandatory.