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Attendance Office

 

ATTENDANCE OFFICE

Phone: 650-624-3137 

Attendance in school is mandatory for all students under the age of 18. Illness, quarantine, medical, optometry services, dental services, the funeral of members for student’s immediate family (as defined in Education Code 45194), jury duty, and observance of religious holiday or ceremony are the only legal reasons for a student to be absent from school. It is the parent’s/guardian’s and the student’s responsibility to check attendance daily on Powerschool, which can be accessed on the pkis.schoolloop.com website.

 

Parent/Guardian Responsibility: Parents are expected to clear a student’s absence on the day the student is absent. Absences must be cleared only by a parent/guardian phone call to the Attendance Office at 650-624-3137 within 48 hours of the absenceAfter this period, an absence cannot be cleared and can affect a student’s overall grade in a class. This policy applies to tardies as well.

 

Parent/guardians and students should make every effort to schedule non-school appointments outside school hours. If this is unavoidable, the student must have the parent/guardian call the Attendance Office at 650-624-3137 to obtain a“Permit to Leave” prior to departure or sign out your child from the main office. Students are responsible for any missed work and assignments.

 

 EXCUSED ABSENCES:

Illness:

Verified quarantine, medical, dental, or optometry services are defined by state law as excused absences. Students are permitted to make up all work missed.

 

Non-Illness:

Absences for the funeral of student’s immediate family or jury duty may be excused upon proper verification. These absences are considered excused and warranted. Students are permitted to make up all work missed if the absence is excused.

 

Religious released time:

Pupils with the consent of their parents or guardians, through phone call to the Attendance Office, may be excused from school in order to participate in religious or moral exercises and instruction as provide by the Education Code. Students are permitted to make up all work missed.

 

Excused but not warranted absences:

Absences excused by parents/guardians for reasons other than those stated above are not warranted. To determine work that will be missed during the absence, the student must pick up a “Request for Excused Absence From School” form from the Attendance Office and then return the completed form to the Attendance Office prior to the absence. This form requires the signature of the student’s teachers, counselor, and parent/guardian. Parents and students should avoid scheduling vacation time during any day school is in session.

 

Suspension:

When a student is suspended, a reasonable effort will be made to contact the parent/guardian in person or by phone. Upon request, the teacher may provide assignments to students on suspension(Ed. Code 48913).

 

UNEXCUSED ABSENCES: Ed. Code 48260, 48261, 48262, 48913

1. A student will receive a cut/truancy when the absence is not cleared. A cut/truancy is marked as a “TDT” on a student’s attendance report.

2. No credit is allowed for work missed as a result of a cut/truancy or unexcused absence.

3. A student’s grade may be severely affected by work missed due to a cut/truancy or unexcused absence.

 

 TARDIES:

1. Students are tardy if they are not in their classroom when the last bell rings or if they arrive late without a pass.

2. No credit is allowed for work missed when a student is tardy from class.

3. Students are late for PE if they are not in the locker room when the last bell begins to ring and if they are not present when the instructor commences roll call.

4. Students have 48 hours to clear a tardy. After this time, the tardy becomes part of the student’s permanent record and cannot be cleared, except by administration.

5. The number of tardies is based on a student’s attendance record. Serving detentions does not remove tardies or cuts/truancies from a student’s record