Attendance Policy

Satisfactory school progress is dependent upon regular attendance.  Parents are requested to plan vacation trips and absences for personal reasons to correspond with school holidays so that the education process is not disrupted.  Moreover, absences for personal reasons and trips result in loss of revenue to the district.

If a student does not attend his/her assigned class or activity and has not obtained teacher approval to be elsewhere, then the absence shall be presumed unexcused.  The student will receive a referral to the office and consequences may include, but are not limited to, detention, parent conference, suspension, and/or police involvement.

Reporting Absences

Parents or legal guardians must notify the school of their child’s absence(s) on the day(s) of the absence(s).  This applies to both full and partial day absences.  Reporting absences can be accomplished by any of the following means:

Call the 24/7 Attendance Recorder  594.2663 or

Call Attendance Office directly, Mike Wong 594.2678 or

Provide a written note to office personnel

 

Clearing an Absence

A student is required to have a written note stating the date(s) and reason for absence(s) that is signed by the parent or legal guardian.  After being absent, and before returning to class, the student must go to the office to obtain an Admit Slip which will allow the student back into class.

 

Reasons for Absence

The California Education Code, in pertinent part, defines the following types of absences:

Excused Absence:  Acceptable reasons verified by a parental note or phone call include illness, medical appointments, funerals, religious holidays, court appearances, and justifiable personal reasons as approved.  Credit for make-up work will be given for these types of absences.

Unexcused Absence:  Absences for any reason not delineated above, including truancy, are considered unexcused absences.  Make-up assignments are at the teacher’s discretion.

 

Make-Up Work for Absences

Homework assignments for one or two days of absence should be obtained by calling a classmate. For absences of three consecutive school days or more, please call the school office by 8:00 AM (594.2669) to request assignments from teachers. The homework may be picked up in the office after 3:13 PM.

Failure to make up missing work due to an absence, either excused or unexcused, could have a negative effect on a grade if not excused by the teacher.  Make-up assignments from a suspension are at the teacher’s discretion.

 

Permit to Leave Campus:

Students may not leave campus during the school day without a Permit to LeaveStudents will not be released by phone call.  A parent/guardian must come into the office.  The following procedures outline the steps needed to be taken when obtaining a Permit to Leave and return to school:

Bring a signed, written note from parent/guardian,

Submit note to the office before school,

Student must obtain pink Permit to Leave slip from the office and

Upon returning to school, student must submit the pink Permit to Leave note to the teacher(s) to be signed for any and all periods that were missed during the previous school day,

The pink Permit to Leave note must be returned to the office by the student on the day that the student returns.

Truancy (PUSD Board Policy)

Students shall be classified as truant if absent from school without a 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. Such students shall be reported to the Superintendent or designee.

Students must always report to the office for permission to leave campus for any reason, e.g. doctor’s appointment, illness.  Consequences for being truant may be administrative detention and/or after-school service to make up the time missed.  Repeat offenders may be subject to additional administrative actions, such as referral to the district attorney, probation officer, or peace officer.

Tardies

When a student arrives late to school, he/she must report to the office for an Admit Slip before going to their class.  Teachers will not allow students into class without an Admit Slip during first period.  If a student is tardy to a particular class during other periods of the school day, the teacher’s tardy policy will govern.  Five or more unexcused tardies in one quarter will result in a “U” in citizenship.  Tardies can subject a student to be classified as truant (see Truancy above).