Absence from school shall be excused only for health reasons, family emergencies, and justifiable personal reasons, as permitted by law, Board policy, and administrative regulations. (Education Code 48205) Class participation is an integral part of students' learning experiences; parents/guardians and students shall be encouraged to schedule medical appointments during non-school hours. State law requires that all absences due to illness be verified each day a student is absent.
Call the school after 8:30 AM when your child is absent. The school voicemail will record your message during non-school hours (4:00 PM - 8:00 AM). Students are only excused for illness or medical reasons; so state your name and relationship to the child, and the nature of the illness or medical need when you call. The number is 650-482-2414. Teachers are not always able to pick up their messages at the beginning of the school day, so please be sure to report your child’s absence to the attendance line or the office first. If you do not let the office know of your child’s absence it will be marked as unexcused.
DO NOT SEND A CHILD WHO IS ILL TO SCHOOL FOR ANY REASON INCLUDING TAKING A TEST, RETURNING/PICKING UP HOMEWORK. SEE YOUR TEACHER UPON RETURN FOR ANY MAKE-UPS.
Please send a note to the teacher the day your child returns to school. Include the following information in your note:
Name of pupil
Nature of the illness
Date of the absence
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
Students who do not show up within the first 10 days of school in August will be dropped from the school roster unless prior permission by the district is given. If space is available at the school when the student returns, the student will be reinstated. If no space is available, the student will be assigned to another school in the district where space is available. If the student is ill, parents must notify the school of the absences and provide documentation.
DOCTOR AND DENTAL APPOINTMENTS
Please make appointments before or after school hours. However, if this is not possible and your child must be released from school, please come into the office and sign your child out. Students must be signed out/in at the office.
INDEPENDENT STUDY DUE TO TRAVEL
A maximum of 2 independent study contracts may be done in one school year. If you plan to vacation for a minimum of 5 actual school days, maximum of 10 actual school days, contact the teacher and the office at least 10 days ahead of your departure date to arrange for an independent study contract so your child can keep up with the class. If the contract is returned and work completed the first day back to school, days missed do not count as absences. If work is not back on the scheduled contract date or work is incomplete ALL days missed will be counted as UNEXCUSED. Independent study requests for longer than 10 school days will need to be approved by the district superintendent.
All students must be in the classroom and in their seats at the 8:15 AM bell.
Students who arrive at the classroom after 8:15 AM are late and must have a tardy slip from the office before entering class
After five (5) tardies, a parent will be contacted by form letter.
After eight (8) tardies, a second contact with the parent will be made by form letter.
After twelve (12) tardies, the student may be referred to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB)
HOMEWORK DURING ABSENCES
When a child is absent during the school day, especially due to illness, please do not have the child come after school on the same day to get his/her homework. If a child is ill, the student needs to stay home the entire day. Aside from the student’s own health, there is a risk that others may be exposed. Each teacher has a homework policy that will be described at Back To School Night.
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL POLICY
Students are expected to be in attendance on the last day of school.