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The Law

All students between the ages of 6 and 18 must attend school daily. Parents or guardians are responsible for sending their children to school (E.C. 48200)

Role Of Student

A student who is absent three full days without a valid excuse, or on three occasions is tardy or absent for more than thirty minutes, or any combination thereof, is a truant. (E.C. 48260)

Role of School Personnel

On the first day of noted absence, a phone call home will be made to inquire about the child’s absence. Only the legal guardian/parent can give an oral verification of the child’s absence. Excused absences are illness – (specific illness must be documented), doctor/dental appointment, death of immediate relative.

If no parent is available to verify absence, a form note will be sent home for a parent to sign to verify the illness.

All verifications/reasons will be noted on the attendance record.

In the event that telephone numbers are disconnected, a new emergency card will be sent home with the child and parents must fill out correct telephone numbers.

If a child is absent more than three (3) consecutive days due to an illness, a doctor’s note will be required.

Students with excessive absences will be tracked and the school administration will send a letter to the parents informing them of the attendance issue.

After a student has missed more than 10 days of unexcused absences, the parent will be invited to an attendance meeting. Representatives from the District will be at the meeting. Parents will be informed of their responsibility to have children attend school on a regular basis. The office will then place this student on the attendance watch list.

The Role of the Parent

The legal parent/guardian will ensure that each child attends school on time every day.

If a student is absent, it is the responsibility of the parent to call the school or send a note to the teacher to report the absence.

It is the role of the parent to see that their child comes prepared to learn.

Schoolwide Incentives

Classes with the best monthly attendance will receive the Wizard Hat Trophy to display in their classroom for the month.

Individual students will receive perfect or excellent attendance awards at each quarterly awards assembly.