Attendance

EVERY CHILD, EVERY SEAT, EVERY DAY AND ON TIME!

It is extremely important that students come to school on time each day.

School starts at 8:15 a.m.

The cafeteria opens at 7:30 a.m. to serve breakfast.

School attendance is compulsory under state law.  Regular attendance and being on time is closely related to achievement and success at school. Parents/ guardians are obligated to ensure that their child attends school and is on time.

TRUANCY NOTIFICATION

First Notification Letter

To be classified as a truant, a student has had three (3) unexcused absences or three (3) tardies of 30 minutes or more. Education Code Section 48260.5 requires that the parent/guardian will be notified by a letter informing them of what can occur if their child is not in school.

 

Second Notification Letter – Truancy Meeting

If improvements in attendance have not been made, (after an additional 1-day [minimum] unexcused absence or unexcused tardy in excess of 30 minutes), then a 2nd letter will be generated. The second letter is advising that you will be scheduled to meet with the principal to discuss attendance. When this conference is scheduled you will receive a  scheduled conference letter that will have a time and date you will need to meet with the principal to discuss why your student has been absent without valid reasons. An attendance contract will be signed at the meeting.

 

Third Notification Letter -School Attendance and Review Board (SARB)

If all of the above has failed and your child is still not attending school, then your child will be referred for a School Attendance Review Board (SARB).

Early Student Pickup

Students may be picked up early from school during school hours for emergency appointments only. You must bring a note from your doctor the following school day. To maximize their learning time, please send your child to school even if their appointment is later in the day or refrain from making appointments for your child(ren) during school hours. For your child’s protection, all persons picking up a student early from school must come to the office and sign the student out. Proper identification (photo ID) is required. The office staff will review the student’s emergency card information to confirm that the person is authorized to pick up the student. If the person is not listed on the emergency card, the student will not be authorized to leave school.

REPORT AN ABSENCE

Please report absences to our Attendance Clerk:

 

Lisa Gutierrez

(510) 723-3810 Ext. 12111

 

Excusing Absences in a timely manner

Parents/guardians must send a note, telephone the school or visit the school office to clear all excusable absences within 72 hours of absence.

 

When sending a note, it must include the following:

  • Date
  • Child's full name
  • Date(s) of absence
  • Reason for the absence
  • Signed by the parent/guardian listed on the emergency card only.

 

When calling by telephone, please include the following:

  • Child's full name
  • Date(s) of absence
  • Reason for the absence
  • Caller's Name and relationship to student

If coming to the office, please fill out our RED absence slips that are located in our counter in the main office.

TARDY POLICY

To fully benefit from the instructional program, students must be on time every day. We urge all parents to strive for promptness so that each child may start off his/her day at school on a positive note.

 

Late Students

Tardy students must report to the office for a tardy slip before reporting to class. We cannot excuse tardies for oversleeping, car troubles, heavy traffic, etc. If you are tardy for a medical or dental appt. please make sure you ask for an excuse letter from your doctor or dentist.

 

Excessive Tardies

Parents will be contacted in the case of excessive tardiness. Three (3) tardies of 30 minutes or more can result in a referral to the Attendance and Welfare Office.