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Please report student absences to the school office on the day of the absence. If you have not notified us of your child's absence, you will receive a call. Please clear the absence by calling (619) 225-3897, and press 4 for attendance.  Leave your name and relationship to the student, the student's name and grade, a call-back number, and the reason for the absence.

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A Contract for Independent Study (CIS) is a pre-arranged agreement of academic work students will complete during their absence. Parents must make arrangements for a CIS when their child is absent for five or more days. Students absent less than five days are not eligible for a CIS. Parents are required to contact the school attendance clerk a minimum of one week in advance of the absence to make arrangements for a CIS. Conversations with teachers do not count as notification. The parent must communicate directly with the attendance clerk in the office.

The attendance clerk will coordinate the collection of academic assignments from all teachers and notify the parent when the packet is ready. Students will be expected to complete the work during the absence. Upon returning to school, students will turn in the completed the work to the appropriate classroom teacher. Teachers will grade the work and submit the grade and work samples to the attendance office. If criteria are met, the student’s absences will be converted to excused. If the criteria are not met, then the absences will continue to be unexcused.

For more information please contact the attendance clerk at (619) 225-3897 x2003.

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School attendance is required by law. Education Code section 48200 of the State of California requires every child between the ages of 6 and 18 years of age to attend school every day and on time. Studies prove that student attendance increases student achievement.

Parents/guardians are responsible for their child’s school attendance and must notify the school if their child is not in school and why. Acceptable reasons for excused absences are listed below. Absences due to activities such as babysitting, accompanying parents on errands and attending concerts or sporting events are unexcused.

Absences from school for five or more days may be excused if a parent requests a Contract for Independent Study at least one week prior to absence. The child must complete the contract within the set timeline. After any absence, students must report to the appropriate school office to obtain readmission before returning to class.

No student shall have his/her grade reduced or lose credit for an excused absence. A student with an excused absence will be allowed to complete all assignments and tests missed during the absence. Upon satisfactory completion of the assignment or test, within a reasonable period of time, the student will be given full credit. Tests and assignments will be reasonably equivalent to, but not necessarily identical to, the tests and assignments that the student missed during the absence. (Education Code Section 48205)

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A student will be excused from school when the absence is:

    • Due to personal illness
    • Due to quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer
    • For the purpose of having medical, dental, optometric or chiropractic services rendered
    • Pupils enrolled in grades 7-12 may be excused from school for the purpose of obtaining confidential medical services without the consent of the pupil’s parents
    • For attending the funeral service of an immediate family member. The allowed absence is for one day if the service is in California and three days if outside California.
    • Due to the illness or medical appointment during school of a child who the student is the custodial parent
    • For justifiable personal reasons, including, but not limited to, a court appearance, attendance at a funeral service, observance of a religious holiday or ceremony, attendance at a religious retreat or attendance at an employment conference when the student’s absence has a written request from the parent and approval by the principal or a designated representative.

For purposes of this section, attendance at religious retreats shall not exceed four hours per semester.