Attendance at school is compulsory under California State Law. REGULAR ATTENDANCE IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR IN DETERMINING YOUR CHILD’S SUCCESS IN SCHOOL. Parents have the responsibility to assure that their children attend class on the days school is in session. Of course, children should not attend school if they are ill.
Report all absences immediately. When a student is absent from school for any reason, telephone the school on the first day of the absence.
School Office: 510-537-0630
When leaving a voicemail state:
- Your student’s full name
- Teacher’s name and Room #
- Date(s) of absence
- The reason for the absence
- Your name and relationship to the child
Absences Due to Illness
A doctor’s written verification of illness is required for students with absences lasting for 3 or more days. Absences may be excused with a doctor’s notification.
Absences Due to Religious Observances
Absences due to observance of a holiday or ceremony of a student’s religion may be excused with prior notification to the school.
Should it be necessary for you to pick your child up from school before the end of the school day, you must first come to the office to sign your student out of school. It is helpful if you send a note to school with your child for his/her teacher. This will enable the teacher and the student to prepare for an early departure.
An Independent Study Contract is available if your child needs to miss school for travel (5 days or more). Please contact your child’s teacher or the office for details at least one week prior to leaving. This will help your child to stay current with school work. The child who is on Independent Study will not be eligible for the Perfect Attendance Award. Students on IEP’s may only participate in the Independent Study program if it is written into the child’s IEP. All Independent Study Work is to be completed prior to the child’s return to school.
The school does not receive the daily attendance funding for unexcused absences (i.e. vacation, visiting relatives, car problems, etc.). Please do not schedule trips or doctor’s appointments during our major assessment periods. Our STAR & SBAC testing window will likely be from mid April-late May, 2015. Grade level and classroom assessment schedules will be determined by your student’s teacher. Please contact your child’s teacher for specific testing and assessment dates.
Students are expected to be in class on time (8 a.m. or 9 a.m. for morning kindergarten, 11:30 a.m. for afternoon kindergarten, and 8:10 a.m. for grades 1-5). When students are late, they interrupt the lesson that has already started and they miss valuable information. When your child is tardy, make sure they check in with the main office to pick-up a tardy slip. We will notify parents, if students consistently arrive late to school. Three unexcused tardies will be cause for a 30 minute detention. Excused tardies are subject to the same Ed. Code guidelines as excused absences.
Parent Notification for Absences or Tardies
Parents will be notified by telephone and/or by letter, if absences are excessive. If absences continue, the child will be considered truant and appropriate action will be taken. Please note that three unexcused absences will classify your child as truant throughout the school year.
The State of California classifies students with 3 or more absences as truant pursuant of CA Ed. Code. If your child has 3 or more unexcused absences at any point within the school year, you will be notification and requested to contact the school to provide further clarification to the attendance clerk and/or make an appointment to meet with the principal.
Definition of a TruantThe California Legislature defined a truant in very precise language. In summary, it states that a student missing more than 30 minutes of instruction without an excuse three times during the school year must be classified as a truant and reported to the proper school authority. This classification and referral helps emphasize the importance of school attendance and is intended to help minimize interference with instruction. The California Education Code (EC) Section that defines a truant reads as follows:
EC Section 48260 (a): Any pupil subject to compulsory full-time education or compulsory continuation education who is absent from school without a valid excuse three full days or tardy or absent 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 attendance supervisor or the superintendent of the school district.
S.A.R.T. and S.A.R.B.
Students with ongoing attendance concerns will be referred to S.A.R.T., the School Site Attendance Review Team. Continued attendance issues after referral to S.A.R.T. can include referral to the CVUSD S.A.R.B., the School Attendance Review Board.
Things to Remember About Your Child’s Attendance at School:
- Kindergarten is important! National research shows that chronically absent kindergarteners show lower academic performance than their peers once in 1st grade.
- Poor attendance habits formed in elementary school can cause truancy and ultimately drop out issues at the secondary level.
- Students cannot learn if they don’t come to school daily and schools face greater challenges in improving if students are chronically absent.
- Parents and guardians need to make school and education a top priority for their children every day. If there is something getting in the way of your child’s daily attendance, please contact the school immediately so that the school and home can work together.