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Absence Procedure


Regular attendance is essential for academic and social success. Parents are responsible for making sure their children are
at school daily and on time. The California Education Code (Sec. 48200) requires that all children between the ages
of six and eighteen attend school. Students who miss an excessive number school days without communication from
parents may be dropped from the school roster. Students who must miss more than five consecutive days of school
should apply for independent study.
  • Truant - Students who are absent from school for 3 or more days without a valid excuse or notification.
  • Habitual Truant - Students who are absent from school for more than 3 days without a valid excuse or notification on three separate occasions.
  • Truant Tardy – Student who is more than 30 minutes late to school without a valid excuse.
  • Habitually Truant Tardy - Student is more than 30 minutes late to school without a valid excuse on 3 occasions.
  • Excessive Absences – Student who misses more than 20 days of school regardless of reason.
**Habitually truant students and students with excessive absences, regardless of reason, will be referred to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB), including the Merced County District Attorney’s Office.**

ATTENTION: Reporting an Absence

Parents must immediately call the school at 357-6124 to report absences.

*Students arriving late to school must report directly to the attendance window for an admission slip.
Tardy Policy
It is the responsibility of students to make sure that they are at school and in class on time. The school policy states that
students must be in the room at minimum in order to be considered present, however individual teachers may require that
students be in their desk in order to be considered present. It is the student’s responsibility to know each of their teacher’s
attendance policies.

The Tardy report is run each quarter. The first two tardies of each quarter are not counted against the student as far as interventions, but will count against them for any attendance rewards including perfect attendance.

Quarter Tardy Interventions
  • 1st Tardy - Warning
  • 2nd Tardy- Warning
  • 3rd Tardy- Lunch Detention
  • 4th Tardy- After School Detention
  • 5th Tardy- After School Detention – meeting with school administrator. Attendance Contract
  • 6th Tardy- Friday School
  • 7th Tardy- Saturday School – Loss of School Extra Privileges
  • 8th Tardy- Saturday School – Meet with School Attendance Review Team.
  • 9th Tardy- 1 day In-House Suspension
  • 10th Tardy- 1 day at Home Suspension - SARB Referral and/or Strict Attendance Supervision (Loss of start fresh tardy policy)
*After 10 tardies in a quarter consideration for an alternative educational setting may be considered.

**Failure to attend Wednesday or Saturday School will result in an In-House or Home Suspension the following school day.