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Attendance Policy

ATTENDANCE

Regular attendance is the most important way parents can support their child’s success in school.  Parents should make every effort to have their children in school on time every day.  It is highly recommended that appointments be scheduled after school hours. Excused absences are absences when a child has a medical, legal, or dental appointment or a death in the family. PLEASE NOTE, THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT:  IF YOUR CHILD IS ABSENT OR GOING TO BE ABSENT – PLEASE EITHER CALL THE SCHOOL OR WRITE AND SEND A NOTE WITH YOUR CHILD WHEN THEN RETURN TO SCHOOL, NOTIFYING THE SCHOOL OF THE REASON FOR THE ABSENCE.

ABSENCE POLICY 

There will be a limit to the number of unexcused absences allowed. A child is considered absent when she or he is not in school. Excused absences are absences where a student has medical, legal, dental appointments or a death in the family. All absences require appropriate documentation, i.e., note from doctor or medical facility, court documents, etc.

ABSENCE POLICY & CONSEQUENCE CHART

Absence #

Consequence

3

Unexcused – Official Notice

6

Unexcused - Intervention Conference with the Teacher, Attendance Specialist and Parent/Guardian

12

Refer to School Attendance and Review Board

 

TARDY POLICY

There will be a limit to the number of unexcused tardies allowed. A child is considered tardy when s/he is late (after 8:05 am) to school or class. Whenever a child enters a classroom late, it disrupts class and they miss a crucial portion of their instructional day. Parents should make every effort to get their child to school on time. Tardiness is excused if a student has a medical, dental, legal appointment or there has been a death in the family.  An excused tardy requires appropriate documentation, (i.e., note from doctor or medical facility, court documents, etc.) After three tardies, parents will receive official notice and an intervention conference will be scheduled.

TARDY POLICY & CONSEQUENCE CHART

Tardy #

Consequence

1-3

Unexcused – Official Home Notice sent on 3rd one, plus continuing teacher discretion.

4-6

Unexcused – On the 6th one, Official Home Notice, and Intervention Conference w/teacher, parent/guardian, and Attendance Specialist.

7-9

Unexcused – Official School Attendance Review Board Notice sent on the 9th one, plus any of the above mentioned consequences

10-12

Refer to School Attendance Review Board

 

Although a tardy has been excused, it is important for Home and School to communicate and support the student in making up missed assignments. All students are expected to arrive to school on time. School begins at 8:00 am. Whenever a child enters a classroom late, it disrupts the entire class. Please try to avoid this. Parents retain due process and appeals rights for dismissals/expulsions resulting from non-compliance with the absence and tardiness policies. Copies of the appeal process will be available in the school office.

ATTENDANCE RECOGNITION AND AWARDS

Each month, the class with the best attendance and lowest tardy rates for the previous month will receive special recognition.  Awards and individual recognition will be provided to students who have not been tardy or absent for the previous month. At the end of the school year, students who have perfect attendance and punctuality will receive a special award and be invited to a special party and/or event.

TRUANCY

Education Code 48260 states that any pupil subject to compulsory full-time education who is absent from school without valid excuse three full days in one school year or tardy or absent for more than any 30-minute period during the school day without a valid excuse on three occasions in one school year, or any combination thereof, is a truant and shall be reported to the school principal.