Attendance Office

TO REPORT / CLEAR AN ABSENCE, HAVE A STUDENT RELEASED EARLY, or EXCUSE A STUDENT FOR BEING LATE

Call the 24-hour Attendance Office Line at 760-290-2211, option 5 and follow the prompts.

All LATE ARRIVALS must check in with the Attendance Office BEFORE going to class.

Due to COVID contact tracing requirements, we ask that you include the following information in your message:

IF ABSENCE IS DUE TO ILLNESS, PLEASE LEAVE THE SYMPTOMS OF ILLNESS & WHEN THEY STARTED

  • STUDENT ID NUMBER

  • NAME OF STUDENT

  • DATE & REASON OF ABSENCE

  • YOUR NAME AND RELATIONSHIP TO THE STUDENT


EARLY RELEASE INFORMATION

All early release requests should be called in at least 2 hours prior to the requested release time. Please leave a detailed message on the number listed above and your student will be released at the time requested.

The last release time of the day will be 2:55 p.m.
PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY.


EXCUSED / UNEXCUSED ABSENCES & TARDIES

Unexcused Absence/Tardy 
     a. Appointment
     b. Traffic
     c. Overslept
     d. Carpool

Excused Absence/Tardy (Make up work allowed)
     a. Personal illness or quarantine
     b. Illness or death in the immediate family
     c. Medical and dental appointments
     d. Funerals
     e. Call to court/detained by law enforcement
     f. Employment interview
     g. Religious Observance

All other absences/tardies are unexcused and makeup work may not be offered.
Excessive absences/truancies will result in Student Attendance Review Team (SART) meeting with Site Administration.

Unverified Absences
3 or more unverified full day absences will be considered habitual truancies and parent/guardian will receive a notification of truancy from the District. Students may be required to attend Saturday school.

Truancy
Every student is expected to attend school daily and be on time for class. If a student is absent from class without a valid excuse or leaves class without the teacher’s permission, he/she is considered truant. All absences not cleared by a Dr. note or parent phone call to the attendance office within 72 hours, will be considered truant and the student may be assigned a Saturday School.

Parents are notified of the truancy, a student may receive no credit for work missed or due on the day of the truancy and make-up work may not be allowed.

Tardies
Students are expected to arrive on time and ready to learn when the period bell rings.
Students who arrive late to school and/or class must report to the Attendance Office to receive an ‘admit slip’ to be allowed into the classroom. Students who are late will be charged with a tardy to their attendance record. Please note traffic is not an excused tardy; Unexcused tardy after 30 minutes is considered a period truancy and may result in a Saturday School.

  • All students are expected to be in class for final exams and state testing. There will be no Off Campus or Early Release Passes delivered to students during first and second semester finals. Thank you for your cooperation. 
  • Off Campus Passes will not be issued 20 minutes before end of school unless previously arranged. Parent requests for early dismissal or late arrival due to medical appointments and family emergencies will be permitted. The student must obtain an Off Campus Pass from the Attendance Office prior to leaving campus. Failure to do so will result in a Saturday School.
  • Regular attendance and promptness is one of the most important requirements for success in high school. Students preparing themselves for their life work need to regard punctuality and attendance as fundamental for later success. Irregular attendance is a handicap in school and on the job. California State law requires pupils to attend their assigned classes every day school is in session. Education Code 49067 and SMUSD Board Policy 5113 “Absences and Excuses” authorize teachers to assign a failing grade to any student with more than 10 days of unexcused absences in a semester. The school must notify the parent, either by written report or by conference, whenever a student is in danger of failing based on unexcused absences. Any student missing more than 30 days for any one class in a semester, whether excused or unexcused, will not receive credit for that class. All students are expected to be in class for final exams and state testing.

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