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 Daily Attendance Matters!

Please call 619-222-0476 to report an absence 
 
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 individual schools. To learn more, visit the district"s Calculating ADA Opens in new window. page.

Absences – When a student is absent, the student’sparent/guardian must call or send a note to the Attendance Office.  The district’s Connect-Ed system will makeautomated phone calls and send automated emails when students are absent ortardy.  Please be sure to have yourcorrect contact information on file with the Attendance Office. 

 

Excessive Absences - Students who have excessive absences may enter intoa process called Student Attendance Review Board (S.A.R.B.), which may lead tocourt intervention if absences continue to be a problem.

 

Excused Absences – The State of California only excuses certain typesof absences, which include illness, doctor or dentist appointments, injury orpersonal/family emergencies.  For detailsregarding district and state attendance policies, please check the district’swebsite at www.sandi.net.

 

Doctor’s Appointments, Early Dismissal – A parent/guardian must request an early dismissalfor a student by phone call or note to the Attendance Office – not the child’steacher.  Please call as soon aspossible.  It may take up to 15 minutesto retrieve the student from a classroom, especially PE class.  Any student leaving campus early without ablue release slip is considered truant.

 

Extended Absences/Contracts – If your child is going to be absent for 5 or moredays, please contact the attendance office at least 5 days in advance so thatteachers can prepare a homework packet for your student. Students are requiredto have homework completed and submitted to their teachers upon return toschool in order to receive credit. Late notifications will not guaranteehomework.

Letters for Excessive Absences - The district has a set schedule of when letters aremailed home regarding absences they consider to be more than normal.  Please view your child’s attendance recordthrough your ParentConnection account or call the Attendance Office if you havea question.

 

Tardies and Truancies – If a student is tardy or truant, he/she willreceive lunch detention.  In an effort tonotify parents in a timely manner, the school reports tardies via an automatedphone call to phone numbers on file. 

 

Tardy Sweep - Unannounced sweeps will take place during theschool year.  During a tardy sweep,teachers are instructed to close their doors when the bell rings and sendstudents who are tardy to the auditorium. All students who are tardy to school on the day of a tardy sweep may beissued lunch detention or after school detention.