Need to Report An Absence? Please call the Attendance Office 858-586-7001, extension 2216
Leaving early? Please call at least 30 minutes before pickup.
California Education Code 48200 requires full-time student attendance for all children between ages 6 and 18.
Absences - When a student is absent, the student’s parent/guardian must call, email, or send a note to the Attendance Office. The district’s automated phone message system will make automated phone calls and send automated emails when students are absent or tardy. If an absence has not been cleared after five (5) days, it will be considered “Unexcused.” Please make sure correct contact information is on file with the Attendance Office.
Excessive Absences - Students who have excessive absences may enter into a process called Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) which may lead to court intervention if absences continue to be a problem.
Excused Absences – The State of California only excuses certain types of absences which include illness, doctor or dentist appointments, injury, or personal/family emergencies. For details regarding district and state attendance policies, please check the Facts for Parents booklet sent home at the beginning of the school year or the district’s website, www.sandiegounfied.org.
Doctor Appointments, Early Dismissal – A parent/guardian must request an early dismissal for a student by phone call, email, or note to the Attendance Office – not the child’s teacher. Please call as soon as possible. It may take up to 15 minutes to retrieve the student from a classroom, especially PE class. Any student leaving campus early without a blue release slip is considered truant.
Extended Absences/Contracts – A parent or guardian must notify the Attendance Office (not the teacher) for a Contract of Independent Study five school days in advance. If a contract is not obtained, this absence will be unexcused. Extended trips/personal leaves are discouraged during the school year. Contracts are only available for five or more days.
Letters for Excessive Absences - The district has a set schedule of when letters are mailed home regarding absences they consider to be more than normal. A student’s attendance record may be viewed through PowerSchool Portal. The Attendance Office will be able to help anyone who has a question or concern.
Tardies and Truancies – All students are expected to be in class when the bell rings. Students who are tardy will not be admitted to class without a tardy slip from the attendance office. If a student is tardy or truant, he/she may receive consequences such as lunch-clean up, detention, or in-school suspension. In an effort to notify parents, an automated phone call will be made.
Tardy Sweep - Unannounced sweeps will take place during the school year. During a tardy sweep, teachers are instructed to close their doors when the bell rings and send students who are tardy to the auditorium. All students who are tardy to school on the day of a tardy sweep will be issued detention.