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LEGAL AND VALID OR UNEXCUSED ABSENCES AND TRUANCIES
The following absences are legal or valid reasons to be absent from school. These are excused absences and school work may be made up in a reasonable time as determined by the policy of the teacher (such as one day for each day absent):
b. medical appointments (need doctor's verification)
c. death in the family
d. court appearance
e. religious holidays
f. family illness or emergency
ALL OTHER ABSENCES ARE UNEXCUSED OR TRUANT. This includes oversleeping, babysitting, shopping, etc. School work may only be made up in these instances with approval of the teacher.
Parents are expected to notify the attendance office the day of an absence as to the reason and expected day of return. Notes will be accepted by the attendance office upon the student's return if no phone contact has been made. If the absence has not been cleared within five days of the student's return to school, the absence will be considered a truancy. The 24-hour attendance answering machine telephone number is (909) 790-3222. Absence verification should include:
• the date the note was written
• the date of the absence(s)
• the name of the student (first and last)
• the specific reason for the absence
• the parent's name and signature
A student who is absent from school for reason of illness for more than five (5) consecutive days is required to furnish a note from the physician prior to readmission to school. Students who have an unusually large number of illness absences of less than five (5) consecutive days may also be required to provide medical verification of the illness or medical condition before the absences are listed as excused.
The Board of Education allows 5 calendar days to clear an all-day absence or a first period absence. If a student leaves campus before the end of the school day, he/she must check out with the attendance office prior to leaving the campus. If this is not done, the absence cannot be cleared after the fact.
Board policy states that excessive unexcused absences from a class will result in removal from the class with no credit given for the course. This will occur if any of the following conditions develop:
• One term course meeting every day for ten credits
When a student exceeds five unexcused absences in a semester
• A course meeting every day for five credits per term
When a student exceeds ten unexcused absences in a term
• A course meeting every day for five credits per quarter
When a student exceeds five unexcused absences in a quarter
Once a student is capped from a class, the student will be dropped from that class with a "fail" if he/she is failing or receive a no mark (NM) if the student is passing at the time of being capped.
When the tardy bell rings, all class doors will be closed. Those students who have not made it to class on time will report to OCS, sign in, and stay there for the remainder of the period. All locked out students will be marked absent from class and these absences will be included toward their cap.
STUDENTS WHO ARRIVE LATE TO SCHOOL
Students arriving after the bell must bring a note from their parents explaining the circumstances for being late. These circumstances must be infrequent occurrences such as: car accident, flat tire, illness, etc. Upon the FOURTH occurrence, the parent will be contacted and notified that in the future if the student arrives after the bell, he/she will be sent to OCS for the remainder of the period and the absence will be unexcused. Students who do not have a written excuse will be directed to OCS, marked absent from that class, and stay in OCS for the remainder of that period. THESE TARDIES WILL NOT BE CLEARED AFTER THE FACT. If the student does not have a note from a parent upon arrival at school, the absence will remain unexcused and will count towards the cap out policy.
TRUANCY: PARENT NOTIFICATION
Parents will be notified that the student is truant. This will occur by a combination of computerized phone calls, letter from the school and/or counselor, and/or administrative contact. Parents will be informed that the student may be subject to suspension, restriction, or delay of the student's driving privileges. Consequences for truancies will include referral to the SART committee,
REFERRALS TO THE SCHOOL ATTENDANCE REVIEW BOARD (SARB)
Students who have multiple truancies will be referred to the School Attendance Review Board. SARB is a panel consisting of representatives from the probation and sheriff's departments, district attorney’s office, and district and school administrators. Parents and the student will meet with the SARB committee where they will be notified of the law and of their responsibilities regarding school attendance. At the conclusion of the hearing, SARB will make recommendations to ensure that the student attends school and/or creates a modified educational program for the student that may include the district or county community day school.
Under provision of Education Code 51747, and the California Code of Regulations Title VI, the decision to participate in Independent Study must be made voluntarily, and Independent Study Agreements are valid only when signed by parents or guardians in advance of the term of study. Independent Study must be for a minimum of five consecutive school days.