Attendance Information

One of the most important things your child can do to achieve academic success is also one of the most basic: going to school every day!

Research has shown that your child's attendance record may be the biggest factor influencing her academic success. By attending class regularly, your child is more likely to keep up with the daily lessons and assignments, and take quizzes and tests on time.

Requirements for school attendance (Ed. Code Section 48204)

Absence from school is allowed only for justifiable personal reasons (health, court appearance, attendance at a funeral, religious holidays, your child is the custodial parent of a child who is ill or has a medical appointment during school hours, employment interview, jury duty, serving as a member of a precinct board of election). Assignments and tests missed may be made up if appropriate.

Any pupil absent from school for justifiable personal reasons shall not have his/her grade reduced or lose academic credit when missed assignments and tests that can reasonably be provided are satisfactorily completed within a reasonable period of time.

What you can do?

As a parent or guardian, it is possible to plan ahead in order to limit your child's absences, make school attendance a priority, and help your child from falling behind if it is necessary to miss a day of school.You can do this in the following ways:

  • Help your child get to school on time every day.
  • Follow the school's guidelines and attendance policy, and report excused absences immediately. 
  • Check homework.
  • Take an active role.
  • Locate potential sources of anxiety.
  • Keep updated on school events and announcements.
  • Try to limit the amount of time that your child misses school due to medical appointments or illness.
  • Schedule family events with your child's school schedule in mind.
  • Plan ahead.
  • Promote good health.
  • Create a restful environment.

By making your child's school attendance a priority, you will be taking an important step in supporting your child's school success, and setting a good example.

Remember, every day counts!