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Daily Attendance Matters

Students are expected to attend school every day. Children who miss school miss out on opportunities to learn, build lasting friendships, and develop the skills and attitudes needed to become good citizens and valued employees. There is a clear connection between student attendance and student performance in school. This is especially true for English Learners in terms of their gains on the English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics portions of the California Standards Tests (CST).

Student absences also affect school budgets. Schools and school districts get a significant amount of their funding based upon the number of students who actually attend school each day. This is called Average Daily Attendance (ADA). Potential losses in ADA revenue affect all students because they can lead to budget cuts affecting a variety of programs, as well as inpidual schools. To learn more, visit the district's Calculating ADA page.

Student Attendance Laws

All children between 6 and 18 years of age are required by California's Education Code to attend school, and their parents have a legal responsibility to ensure their child's attendance. The law also states that a student's refusal to attend school regularly can result in referral to the community-based School Attendance Review Board (SARB) Juvenile Probation, or the Juvenile Court System. Additionally, parents who fail to compel their child's attendance may face criminal prosecution and penalties.

What kinds of absences are excused?

The only absences that are excused as mandated by the State of California are those due to illness, medical or dental appointments, funeral services and bereavement, court appearances, Independent Study Contracts (if completed), or religious holidays or ceremonies.

Unexcused absences include, but are not limited to, those due to oversleeping, transportation issues, going on vacation, or similar situations.

For guidance on when to keep your child home from school due to illness, see the Student Health page.

How is funding related to attendance?

The school district only receives money from the state for the days that students attend school. Every day that your child misses school, even if for an excused reason, the school loses funding. If you are considering pulling your child out for a vacation, please be aware that this decision will negatively affect our school funding. Funding can be recouped by having your child attend Saturday School. If you take your child out of school for an enexcused absence we ask that as a courtesy you request a day of Saturday School to help the school make up for lost funds.

Saturday School

Saturday School is offered once a month for students who need to clear their attendance record. Attending Saturday School will clear 7 periods (one day) of unexcused absences and 4 periods of tardy. Students may need to clear their record in order to participate in certain school activities. Students who want to sign up for Saturday School should see their vice principal.

Any student with 6 or more tardies on their record is required to attend the monthly Saturday School.

Saturday School runs from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Student may work quietly on homework or complete an academic activity provided by the teacher.

If Your Child Must Be Absent

Planned Absence in Excess of Five Days

If your child will be absent from school for five or more days, please contact the school office at least one week ahead and make arrangements for a short-term Contract for Independent Study (CIS) for the absence period. Academic assignments will then be given to the student to complete during the absence. When the student returns and turns in the successfully completed assignments, he/she will be given credit for the missed days. For attendance purposes, they will not be considered unexcused absences. Without the contract, however, the absence would be unexcused. Independent study contracts are not available for students receiving special education support.

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