If your student will be absent or tardy, please leave a message on the attendance line: (818) 597-4242.
Students are required to come to school prepared and on time. Students must be in line on the blacktop by 8:13 a.m. Students who arrive after the 8:15 a.m. bell are considered tardy and must report to the office for a late pass.
EXCESSIVE TARDIES AND ABSENCES
On the 5th tardy or 6th absence, a letter will be sent home reminding parents that students are required to be on time to school and a conference with the principal may be requested. On the 10th tardy or 12th absence, parents/guardians will be required to meet with the District Student Attendance Review Team (SART). On the 15th tardy or 18th absence, parents/guardians will be referred to the Ventura County Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) which, in turn, may refer the case to the Superior Court for prosecution.
For attendance accounting and to ensure student safety in getting to school, parents are required to notify the school of daily absences. Phone the school office any time before 9:00 A.M. at (818) 597-4242, report the absence, and give the reason. (Please remember that if your child was sent home from school with a fever or vomiting, or if your child has a fever at home or is vomiting, your child cannot return to school until they are fever or vomit free for 24 hours.) If you anticipate the absence to be more than 3 days, call (818) 707-7972 between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM to arrange for homework.
Our district attendance system counts the number of days that students miss school, whether excused or unexcused. A student is considered a “Chronic Absentee” by the California Education Code, which means a student who is absent 10 percent or more of the school days in the school year. This is calculated when the total number of days a pupil is absent is divided by the total number of days the pupil is enrolled, when school was actually taught. This pertains to the number of school days of the district, exclusive of Saturdays and Sundays. Excused absences include illness or injury to the child, quarantine of the home by a health official, a medical/dental appointment that can only be scheduled during school hours, religious holidays, or attendance at funeral services of immediate family.
Please see the full policy on Chronic Absence and Truancy at this link: https://bit.ly/2Lds8g0.