Location: Main office (adjacent to cashier’s window)
These are reasons for being absent: illness, serious illness or death in the family, medical or dental appointments that cannot be scheduled after school, absences approved in advance by the principal, and religious holidays.
The following are details from the Education Code concerning absence from school (EC 48205)
- Excused due to his or her illness,
- Due to quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer,
- For the purpose of having medical, dental, optometrist, or chiropractic services rendered,
- For the purpose of attending the funeral services of a member of his or her immediate family, so long as the absence is not more than one day if the service is conducted in California and not more than three days if the service is conducted outside California,
- For the purpose of jury duty in the manner provided for by law,
- Due to the illness or medical appointment during school hours of a child of whom the pupil is the custodial
- For justifiable personal reasons, including, but not limited to, an appearance in court, attendance at a funeral service, observance of a holiday or ceremony of his or her religion, attendance at religious retreats, or attendance at an employment conference, when the pupil's absence has been requested in writing by the parent or guardian and approved by the principal or a designated representative pursuant to uniform standards established by the governing board,
- A pupil absent from school under this section shall be allowed to complete all assignments and tests missed during the absence that can be reasonably provided and, upon satisfactory completion within a reasonable period of time, shall be given full credit. The teacher of any class from which a pupil is absent shall determine the tests and assignments shall be reasonably equivalent to, but not necessarily identical to, the
tests and assignments that the pupil missed during the absence, or
- Attendance is an important factor in being successful in any school program. Parents/guardians are encouraged
to phone the school when a student is absent. Upon returning to school, a student must have a note from a parent/guardian giving the reason for absence and the date.
These include truancy, missing the bus, oversleeping, suspension from school, shopping, gainful employment, baby-sitting, and a trip or excursion without the prior approval of the principal. All students returning from an absence or needing to leave during the day must report to the attendance office. One of the most serious problems in education is student absenteeism, since an absent student is a student who does not have the opportunity to learn. Whenever a student is absent, he/she loses detailed instruction and class interaction that cannot be adequately recovered. A student may have excessive absences and still "get by", but getting by is not getting a good education. Excessive absence may result in a lower level of achievement that will be reflected in the student's grade. The key to improved test scores is improving school attendance.
TARDY and TRUANCY:
Any student who is absent from school, without valid excuse, more than three days or tardy in excess of thirty (30) minutes on each of more than three days in one school year is a truant (E.C. 48260). It is the parents'/guardians' responsibility to determine whether or not there is a compelling reason for a student to be absent from school. An absence from school without the parents'/guardians' or school's permission constitutes a truant. The student who is truant will be subject to one or more of the following disciplinary consequences: after school detention, Saturday School; parent conference; drop/removal from class; referral to the North County School Attendance Review
TEACHER MANAGEMENT OF TRUANCY/ TARDY TO CLASS:
The following procedure is recommended for teaching staff to discourage tardiness and truancy:
- On the THIRD (3rd) tardy, truancy, or combination of both from a class, the teacher will confer with the student and notify the parents/guardians of the problem.
- On the FIFTH (5th) tardy, truancy, or combination of both from a class, the teacher will confer with the student and refer the matter to the student's counselor. The counselor will contact the student and the parents.
- On the SEVENTH (7th) tardy, truancy, or combination of both from a class, the teacher will confer with the student and refer the matter to the assistant principal. The assistant principal will contact the student and the parents.
Students who fail to meet the EC 48260 requirements may be declared habitually truant from school. Parents who excuse absence from school for more than ten days in a school year may be warned in writing that no further excused absence will be accepted by the attendance office without an accompanying doctors note.
Education Code 48260 Article 5. Truants. Truancy
Any pupil subject to compulsory full-time education or to compulsory continuation education who is absent from school without valid excuse three full days in one school year or tardy or absent for more than any 30-minute period during the school day without a valid excuse on three occasions in one school year, or any combination
thereof, is a truant and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor or to the superintendent of the school district.
Education Code 48260.5
Upon a pupil's initial classification as a truant, the school district shall notify the pupil's parent or guardian, by first-class mail or other reasonable means, of the following:
(a) That the pupil is truant
(b) That the parent or guardian is obligated to compel the attendance of the pupil at school
(c) That parents or guardians who fail to meet this obligation may be guilty of an infraction and subject to prosecution pursuant to Article 6 (commencing with Section 48290) of Chapter 2 of Part 2
(d) That alternative educational programs are available in the district
(e) That the parent or guardian has the right to meet with appropriate school personnel to discuss solutions to the
(f) That the pupil may be subject to prosecution under Section 48264
(g) That the pupil may be subject to suspension, restriction, or delay of the pupil's driving privilege pursuant to Section 13202.7 of the Vehicle Code
(h) That it is recommended that the parent or guardian accompany the pupil to school and attend classes with the pupil for one day
LEAVING CAMPUS WITHOUT PERMISSION:
The Escondido Union High School District maintains a CLOSED CAMPUS at all times. Whenever a student needs to leave school, during school hours, he/she must first obtain an off-campus pass from the health office, the attendance office, or an administrator. All students leaving campus without prior permission are subject to disciplinary consequences, which may include being searched for contraband. There is no excuse for being off campus without both administrative and parental permission.
- Parents or guardians may call the attendance office on the day the student is absent:
- If the call is received prior to 1:00 p.m. the school will not call home and the students name will be placed on the excused list. If the student is on the excused list they will not be required to check in at the attendance office. If a telephone call is not made, students are to report to the Attendance Office with a note from a parent or guardian indicating the date or dates the student was absent and the reason for the absence.
- The student’s first and last name should be included in the note. All excuses must be received within 72 hours of the student returning to school. ALL students are to report to the Attendance Office to pick up re-admit slips or check to determine if their name is on the excused list prior to the first bell.
- If a student returns to school without a phone call or signed note, he or she will be assigned a Saturday School. Students must show their O.G.H.S. student ID card to receive a re-admit slip. A detention may be assigned if a student does not present his/her ID card.
- Any student in the re-admit line after the bell rings, or in line during class time (with or without permission from the teacher), will receive a detention.
- Students are to get readmits between 7:00 a.m. and 7:40 a.m., at nutrition break, lunch, and after school.
- Students are required to show their readmit slip to each teacher whose class was missed and get the readmit initialed by the teacher. Parents and students should know that excessive absences including excused absences, would adversely affect a student’s grades.
- An unexcused absence is one that occurs with the permission of the student’s parent or legal guardian for reasons other than illness, quarantine, funeral, or medical.
- Examples of unexcused absences are: trips, inclement weather, transportation problems, baby-sitting, work,
truancy, and suspension.
- If parents or guardians will be out of town or otherwise unavailable, send written instructions to the attendance office containing the names, addresses and phone numbers of those persons authorized to excuse your child from school or provide medical care in the event of an emergency, prior to leaving town.
- Parents should notify the school if their student is diagnosed as having a communicable disease such as strep throat, chicken pox, measles, head lice, hepatitis, etc.
- If a student does not attend assigned tutorial, the teacher may assign a detention to be served within 48 hours.
FIELD TRIPS OR SCHOOL SPONSORED ABSENCES:
Teachers will be notified in advance of all school-sponsored activities to release participating students. If a teacher feels improper student performance warrants non-attendance, teachers may recommend that a student not attend. Teachers must clear students in order for that student to attend a field trip. Students attending a field trip
without permission from all teachers will be considered truant, and will be subject to disciplinary action. For regularly scheduled events, (i.e.) athletics and band, a roster is given to teachers in advance of the season, identifying participating students.
ABSENCE FOR RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION:
Pupils, with the written consent of their parents or guardians (EC 46014), may be excused from school in order to participate in religious exercises or to receive moral and religious instruction at their respective places of worship or at other suitable place or places away from school property designated by the religious group, church,
or denomination, which shall be in addition and supplementary to the instruction in manners and morals required elsewhere in this code. Such absence shall not be deemed absence in computing average daily attendance, if all of the following conditions are complied with:
- The governing board of the district of attendance, in its discretion, shall first adopt a resolution permitting
pupils to be absent from school for such exercises or instruction.
- Each pupil so excused shall attend school at least the minimum school day as provided by the relevant provisions of the rules and regulations of the State Board of Education for secondary schools.
- No pupil shall be excused from school for such purpose on more than four days per school month.
- A pupil absent from school under this section shall be allowed to complete all assignments and tests missed during the absence that can be reasonably provided and, upon satisfactory completion within a reasonable period of time, shall be given full credit. As the teacher of any class from which a pupil is absent shall determine the tests and assignments shall be reasonably equivalent to, but not necessarily identical to, the tests and assignments that the pupil missed during the absence.
- For purposes of this section, attendance at religious retreats shall not exceed four hours per semester.