School personnel will
consider the circumstances and reasons for each student absence and
determine whether the absence is excused or unexcused. Given parent
authorization, school personnel will excuse a student absence from
school for the following reasons:
To receive medical, dental, optometrical or chiropractic services
Exclusion from school for health and safety (not more than 5 days)
Exclusion from school for head lice/nits ( 2 days)
Attendance at funeral services for a member of immediate family
Observance of a religious holiday/ceremony
Quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer
It is very important
that parents call the school the morning you are keeping your child home
from school. It is the parent's responsibility to clear absences. Any
absence that is not cleared in 3 days will be marked unexcused. The 24
hour attendance reporting line is 891-3104 x 101.
A student is
tardy when he/she arrives in the classroom after the tardy bell rings,
but before the first thirty minutes of the class has been completed. A
student is habitually tardy to a class when he/she receives three (3) or
more unexcused tardies per trimester. A student is truant when he/she
arrives unexcused in the classroom 30 minutes after the bell rings.
personnel will consider the circumstances and reasons for each student
tardy and determine whether the tardy is excused or unexcused. Excused
tardiness is understandable. The student will be expected to make up
work missed without penalty. Unexcused tardiness is inappropriate and
may result in disciplinary consequences.
All excused tardies should be accompanied by a doctor's verification note.
A student who is
absent from school without a valid excuse in excess of the (30) minutes
or more per day for four different days during the school year will be
declared truant, and the parents will be notified of their obligation to
resolve the truancy problem.
After 3 unexcused absences, a
letter of truancy notification will be sent home. After 4 unexcused
absences, a second truancy notice will be sent home and parents will be
invited to attend a conference to discuss resolution of the truancy
problem. A student with more than 5 unexcused absences will be declared
a habitual truant and another parent conference will be scheduled. If
suggested alternatives to reach resolution of the truancy problem are
not followed through responsibly and successfully, the problem will be
reviewed and consideration will be given to pursue a course of legal
We hope that these attendance procedures wil help both
the school and parents to work together in a cooperative manner towards
our common goal of increasing each child's success in school. As
parents, you have a great deal to do with the establishment of regular
and punctual student attendance habits. Your cooperation and support of
our attendance procedures will be greatly appreciated.
William vs State of California -On December 10, 2004, the San Francisco County Superior Court approved the notice of settlement in Eliezer Williams, et al. v. State of California, et al. The court ordered that the California Department of Education make available information regarding the provisions of the settlement and the process by which students on whose behalf the lawsuit was filed may file objections to the settlement. In keeping with the court's order, four documents are posted and available for downloading on