Attendance & Tardies
On-time attendance is important for student success. However, we understand that there are times when absences are unavoidable. If your child is absent from school, here is some important information you should know.
1. Contact the school office to report absences. You can do this in one of the following ways:
- Call the office directly at 562-229-7870
- Send a note stating the reason for the absence
- email us at [email protected]
2. The following types of absences are excused absences:
- doctor appointments (medical, therapy, etc)
- dentist appointments
- court-related business
NOTE: You must bring a note from the appropriate facility (doctor's office, courthouse, etc.) to verify the absence so that it can be marked as excused.
3. Students who arrive at school after 8:30 AM are considered tardy. If you arrive to school after 8:30 AM, please have your child report to the front office to secure a tardy slip.
4. Chronic Absenteeism: This refers to absences for ANY REASON (even if it is an excused absence) of 18 days or more in a school. To avoid chronic absenteeism we suggest the following:
- If medical/dental appointments need to take place during school hours, bring your child to school before and/or after appointments. by doing this, the student can still receive credit for attendance.
- Avoid taking vacations during school time. If you must pull your child out of school for 3 or more days for travel (or other reasons that are not considered "excused"), consider placing your child on a short-term independent study. You can ask the office staff about this option should the need arise. However, nothing compares to being in the classroom, but it is an option to help make sure your child is still getting access to learning that they may miss from being out of school.
5. Student Attendance Review Team (SART): When we see that a student is having issues with absences or tardies, we will set up a time for parents to meet with either the Principal or the Parent Liaison. The purpose of this meeting is for us to identify ways that we, as a school, can help to support parents and students with on-time attendance. We will develop a plan together to support successful attendance.
IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT ATTENDANCE
1. Poor attendance can influence whether children read proficiently by the end of third grade or be held back. Read more...
2. By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school. Read more...
3. Research shows that missing 10 percent of the school year, or about 18 days in most school districts, negatively affects a student's academic performance. That's just two days a month and that's known as chronic absence. Read more...
4. When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating. Read more...
5. Attendance improves when schools engage students and parents in positive ways and when schools provide mentors for chronically absent students. Read more...