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Attendance

Tardy Policy

A student is considered tardy if he/she is not in the classroom with textbooks and required materials when the tardy bell rings.  If a student arrives after 8:00 a.m. without a parent to sign them in, or a written parent excuse note, administrative detentions may be issued.

Homework Request

If a student will be absent for 3 or more days, a parent may request homework by phoning the attendance line at 947-6390.  Please allow at least one full day before picking up the assignments in the school office.

Attendance is Important!

One of the most important things your child can do to achieve academic success is also one of the most basic: go to school every day.  In fact, research has shown that your child’s attendance record may be the biggest factor influencing their academic success.

Daily Attendance Benefits:

By attending class regularly, your child is more likely to keep up with the daily lessons and assignments, and take quizzes and tests on time.  Other benefits include:

Achievement: Students who attend school regularly are more likely to pass reading and math assessments than students who don’t.

Community: Just by being present at school, your child is learning how to be a good citizen by participating in the school community, learning valuable social skills, and developing a broader world view.

Exposure: Regular school attendance and experience with the English language can also help students who are learning English by giving them a chance to master the skills and information they need more quickly and accurately even in other subjects.

Importance: Your commitment to school attendance will also send a message to your child that education is a priority for your family, is a critical part of educational success, and that it’s important to take responsibilities seriously.

A Parent’s Role:

As a parent or guardian, it is possible to plan ahead in order to limit your child’s absences, make school attendance a priority and help keep your child from falling behind if it is necessary to miss school.  Students who miss days, weeks, or months of school at a time will have a difficult time passing their courses and catching up to their peers.  Here are some suggestions:

Be on time: Babysitting, car problems, and weather are not permissible reasons to miss school.  Frequent tardies may be noted on your child’s permanent record, and will make it difficult for your child to stay caught up with the first lessons of each morning.  Teach your child how to set and use an alarm clock, and keep the television turned off in the morning.

Follow guidelines: Review school rules at the beginning of the school year and make sure you understand the attendance policy and who you need to call if your child is going to be absent.

Good health: Make sure that your child eats a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, and has opportunities to exercise every day through a sports team or play time outside.  Allow your child to stay home only in the case of fever, contagious or severe illnesses.

Check homework: Check each night to see that your child understands and complete the day’s homework assignments.

Be active: Stay involved with your child’s daily experiences at school by asking how the day went, and then listen carefully to what your child share with you, both successes and struggles.  Make it a point to meet your child’s teachers and friends.

Keep updated: Read the school documents your child brings home and take note of important announcement and dates, such as back-to-school night and parent-teacher conferences.

Be proactive: If your child frequently appears upset or reluctant to go to school and cannot tell you why, schedule an appointment with his or her teacher or school counselor to talk about possible sources of the anxiety.

Plan ahead: Encourage your child to prepare for the next school day by laying out clothes the night before and helping to prepare lunches.

Schedule wisely: If possible, avoid scheduling doctor, dentist or other such appointments during the school day.  Plan holiday celebrations or family trips during weekends of school vacations.  In the case of family emergencies or unexpected trips, talk to your child’s teachers as far in advance as possible and set up a way that your child can work ahead or bring important homework on the trip.

Rest: Finally, make sure that your child can relax before bedtime by doing something quiet like reading rather than watching television.  Ensure that your child gets enough quality sleep (ideally 8-10 hours).  Getting enough sleep will help them get up on time, be refreshed in the morning and feel ready for a full day of learning ahead!

By making your child’s school attendance a priority, you will be taking an important step in supporting your child’s school success and setting a good example.  Remember, attendance counts!!

Clearing Absences

When a student is absent, parents are encouraged to call the school attendance line 947-6390, the day of the absence before 11:00 a.m.Phone Call.png

Excused Absences

Only the following can be accepted as excused absences as stated in Ed Code 48205.

  1. Personal illness (school may require a doctor's note verifying absence after 10 days.)
  2. Quarantine under the direction of a health officer.
  3. Personal medical, dental, optometric, or chiropractic appointment.
  4. Funeral services for a member of the immediate family (limited to one day in state, 3 days out of state.)
  5. Personal court appearance (requires verification.)
  6. Employment in the entertainment industry for a maximum of five absences per school year.
  7. Observance of a religious holiday or ceremony (recommend three days advance notice to school.)

(San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools)

Unexcused Absences

The following reasons are NOT acceptable as excused absences and are considered truancies or unexcused absences during the regular school year.

  1. Accompanying a parent or other family member to work.
  2. Personal problems.
  3. Out of town or vacation
  4. Transportation issues
  5. Child care issue

All absences must be verified or the absence becomes an unexcused absence or truancy. 

(San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools)