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Attendance & Absences

Attendance and Absences

Attendance Policy

Daily school attendance is vital for students’ success in school. Federal and state law require that we take attendance daily. Teachers will take attendance daily even during remote and virtual instruction. Our school provides the following information to keep you best informed regarding the requirements pertaining to attendance. If your child is absent or going to be absent, please call the school at (951) 739-5645.

Attendance:  Absences, Tardies, Truancy, and Independent Study

Our school and district will notify parents/guardians of excessive absences, tardies, and truants, and will follow prescribed procedures (School Attendance Review Team, School Attendance Review Board, referral to Riverside District Attorney’s office) regarding attendance.

Number of Attendance Events* 

Consequence

7

Courtesy Letter

10

Attendance required for Student Attendance Review Team (SART) Meeting

15

Student Attendance Review Team (SART) Contract 

16+

Should attendance not improve, required attendance for Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) Meeting with District 

* An attendance event is defined as any combination of absences, tardies, and early outs.

Absences

Illness (Excused) 

A note or phone call to the office personnel reporting illness must be received from the parent within three (3) days of the child returning to school to be coded as an excused absence.  If not cleared within three days, the child will be marked truant.  A child absent due to illness for five (5) or more days should have a doctor’s note. Excused absences are not removed from students’ records.

Independent Study (Excused)

If a child will miss school for 5 to 10 days and it is not due to illness, an Independent Study should be requested.  The parent must submit this form to the administration (not the teacher) at least one week prior to the child’s first day of absence, providing ample time to gather the necessary items, write up the assignments, and obtain necessary signatures.  The child completes the assignments of the Independent Study and submits them within the stated time frame.  Credit for missed school days is based on the quality of work done on assignments, its completeness, and whether turned in on time.  Vacations should not be scheduled during the school year when class is in session. Excused absences are not removed from students’ records.

Unexcused

If a student is to be absent for reasons other than illness for fewer than five (5) days and to avoid being marked truant, the parent must inform the school in writing at least three (3) days prior to the absence detailing the reason for absence.  A parent or guardian must sign and date the written request.   An administrator must then approve it.   Approval will be considered only if the child is performing at a “C” or “S” level or better in all academic subjects and behavior.  This option is available for up to a maximum of four (4) consecutive school days.  A child missing school without administrator approval will be marked truant. A child having received a notice regarding being truant (3 or more days unexcused absence) is not eligible.


Early Out

If it is necessary for a parent or person listed on a child’s emergency card to sign out a child during school hours, the person will be required to sign a log in the office and show photo identification before your child will be called from class to the office.  The student will not be called to the office prior to the parent’s or individual’s arrival.  Please make arrangements to arrive early enough for the sign-out process and still be able to make your appointment. Students may not be signed out early 30 minutes prior to the end of the school day.  

Truancy

A student is marked truant when the parent did not telephone office personnel or send a note within the three days of the child’s returning to school; or, the child was absent for an unexcused reason and the parent did not give our school prior notice of the child’s absence; or, the child was absent five days or more consecutively without fulfilling the requirements of an Independent Study.  A student is marked truant if the student goes to a medical/dental appointment unless the school office receives written notification confirming the medical/dental appointment by the student’s parent.   The District automatically creates letters to parents of student’s meeting prescribed truancy thresholds.

Tardies

Students are to arrive on time and remain in school for the duration of the school day.  School instruction begins at 8:45 am.  A truancy is recorded when a child arrives more than 30 minutes late.  Our school is mandated to send letters at threshold points regarding tardiness.


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