Good attendance benefits your child's education. Research is clear; students who attend school regularly do better academically and are more likely to establish work habits that help them succeed in life and work. Studies show that children who miss just one day of school fall two days behind in their school work. Students who are absent an average of 15 days a year miss a years' worth of school before their senior year and students who miss 8 days or more each year are at risk of not graduating with their class. You play a vital role by helping your child attend every school day possible.
PARTIAL DAY ATTENDANCE/FUNDING: When your child has a doctor's appointment in the middle of the school day, please bring him/her to school before or after the appointment. Schools receive full funding even if a student attends for part of the day. It is this funding that provides the needed books, supplies, curriculum, and other necessities for your child's education.
Q: IF MY CHILD HAS AN EXCUSED ABSENCE, DOES THE SCHOOL STILL GET FUNDED?
A: No. The school only receives funding when your child is present. (Remember, partial day attendance does NOT count as an all day absence.
Q: WHAT DO I DO IF MY CHILD IS ABSENT?
A: We prefer you call the school office the morning of the absence, but you can send a note when the child returns that is written by a parent/guardian explaining the absence.
THE INDEPENDENT STUDY PROGRAM: Your child's attendance is very important. We appreciate that you use our school calendar to adjust your vacations and trips so they are not scheduled on school days. However, if your child must miss five (5) consecutive days or more of school, please arrange with the school office and your child's teacher to sign up for the Independent Study Program. Your child will receive a study packet which will help them stay on task and the classroom will receive funding.
ABSENCE REMINDER: It is very important that a parent or guardian notify the office when a child is absent, when there is no verification within three (3) school days, the absences are considered unexcused and the student truant (Ed Code 48260). If you are leaving a message, please state your child's name, your name, teacher's name, date of absence and reason. Thank you for your help in clearing your child's absences!