Use our online Attendance Notification Link
OR you can call in to the Attendance Hotline: 858-549-4437 ext. 162
(Download PDF for Dingeman Elementary's School Student Attendance Policy)
Parents must call the school office or send in a note to clear an absence. Any absence not verified by a parent/guardian within 5 days will be marked as unexcused.
Absences (or tardies) are considered excused only for the following reasons:
- Illness such as vomiting, high fever or contagious disease (see the Health Office page)
- Medical/dental appointments (time excused will only be for a reasonable time to attend appointment)
- Court appearances requiring student’s presence
- Attending the funeral of an immediate family member (parent, grandparent, sibling, or family member residing in the home)
- Religious Observance
Tardy: A student is considered late to school after the second school bell rings (at 8:30am). They must check into the office for a pass to class. The teacher will not let the student into class without a tardy pass. A student coming to school late after an early morning appointment should report to the Attendance Office with the parent and obtain a Late Slip.
Medical/Dental Appointments: Please try to schedule medical appointments on our minimum day, Thursdays, or before or after school hours to avoid lost instructional time.
Planned Absence Of Five Days or longer
Students who will be absent for 5 days or more due to unavoidable reasons should request an Independent Study Contract from the Classroom Teacher at least 1 week prior to the absence. All assignments provided by the teacher must be completed by the date of return to school for attendance credit.
An unexcused absence or tardy is recorded for reasons other than those listed above. The following are examples of unexcused absences: going out of town, traffic, family celebrations.
Excessive absences due to illness may require a doctor’s note in order to be excused.
Truancies are defined as follows: Absences by a student from school without a valid excuse for three (3) full days in a school year, or tardies or absence without a valid excuse in excess of (30 ) minutes on each of three occasions in one school year. (Education Code Section 48260)
Truant students may be referred to the district’s School Attendance Review Board (SARB).
Daily Attendance Matters
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. 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.
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.