Student absences need to be reported daily, by a parent or guardian, to the school BEFORE 10:00 a.m. 

The preferred method to report an absence is by email: [email protected].

Please call within one week of your child’s absence to avoid the absence being marked as Unexcused.

If needed, you can also call to report absences is: (858) 302-3150 ext. 3022 (this telephone number is available 24 hours a day to report absences).

When emailing/calling, please leave a brief and clear message providing the following information:

  • Student’s LAST NAME (Please SPELL if calling)
  • Student’s first name and grade level
  • Your relationship to the student
  • Date(s) of absence
  • Reason for absence or nature of the illness
  • Is this absence for a single period or a full day?

Regular and prompt attendance is the responsibility of both parent/guardian and student.  Our goal is to provide students with the best educational opportunities available.  Regular and in person attendance is essential to achieving this goal.  For this reason, we strongly encourage the scheduling of medical/dental appointments and vacations when school is not in session.  Each day of classroom instruction is essential.  Students are responsible for inquiring with their teachers about missed assignments upon returning to school after any absence. Please see the make up policy on page 3. Absences from school shall be excused only for health reasons, family emergencies, and justifiable personal reasons, as permitted by law, Board policy, and administrative regulations.
It is important that parents and students understand the following State and District guidelines. Be advised that parents must call the school office or communicate the reason for the absence/tardy with the School Clerk. Any absence not verified by a parent/guardian within one week will be marked as unexcused.

Excused Absences: Absences or tardies are considered excused only for the following reasons:

  • Illness such as vomiting, high fever or contagious disease. Please contact our health office if you have additional concerns.
  • Medical and/or dental appointments (please bring verification).
  • Court appearances requiring student's presence.
  • Attending the funeral of an immediate family member (parent, grandparent, sibling, or family member residing in the home).
  • Religious Observances per district policy.

Appointments: Please try to schedule medical appointments on late start days or before or after school hours to avoid lost instructional time.
If your student is arriving late or leaving early to attend a medical appointment, his/her period absence(s) will be marked UNEXCUSED until a VERIFICATION of appointment is received in the attendance office. Please have your student submit verification to the attendance office upon arrival/return to school. If the verification is NOT received within 5 days, the student’s absence will remain unexcused.

Unexcused Absences: An unexcused absence or tardy is recorded for reasons other than those listed above. The following are examples of unexcused absences: going out of town, traffic, family celebrations, and non-school SDUSD related events.

Truancy: Any student who is out of class or leaves campus without permission is considered TRUANT. Parents will be notified. Truancy will affect grades and citizenship in classes missed.

Excessive Absences/Truancy: Excessive absences due to illness or medical appointments may require a doctor's note in order to be excused. We recommend a note every time the student is absent/tardy for a medical reason. Excessive absences and/or truant students may be referred to the district's School Attendance Review Board (SARB).

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