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INDEPENDENT STUDY

An Independent Study Contract may be requested and must be approved by the Principal according to Educational Code guidelines. These may only cover a period of 5 to 20 days. Parent and student must carefully follow the procedures of the contract in order to receive credit for the absences. See Attendance Secretary in the Main Office for additional information.

Attendance Policy

According to the California Education Code, excused absences are as follows:

Illness or injury

Doctor appointments

Attending a funeral of an immediate family member

WHEN ABSENT:

1.   Have a parent/guardian contact the school by 9:30 a.m., on the first day you are absent, or bring a note on the day you return. This note should state your full name, grade, date(s) and reason for absence, and a parent/guardian signature. Attendance Line: (925) 682-8000 ext 7300.

2.   A note is ALWAYS required for absences of more than one day. Parents must state the date(s) of the absence(s), and the reason(s) for the absence(s). The reason must be provided before an excused admit will be issued and this needs to be done within three (3) days of returning to school.

3.   Take the note to the Attendance Office BEFORE the tardy bell.

If you need to leave school during the day, you should:

1.   Bring a written excuse from home to the Attendance Office before school.

2.   Receive an early dismissal slip from the office. Sign out in the office when you leave.

3.   Report to Attendance Office for a yellow re-admit slip when you return.

TRUANCY/CUTTING SCHOOL OR CLASS

<span 10pt"="">The following forms of absences are considered truancy:

•     Absences from school without the knowledge and consent of the parent.

•     Leaving the classroom or campus during the school day without permission.

•     Staying out of class without permission.

Excessive tardies will count as truancy (over 30 minutes).

The California Education Code and the Welfare Institutional Code provide that legal action may be taken against students and/or parents/guardians when students are truant, as parents are required to ensure that students between the ages of six and eighteen attend school. By law a student is truant when absent without a valid excuse three or more days, or tardy thirty minutes or more three times during a school year. All truants are reported to the Child Welfare and Attendance (CWA) Supervisor and may be subject to referral to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB). If a student is reported as truant four times in a school year, the student may be deemed a habitual truant and may be adjudged a ward of juvenile court, ordered to pay a fine, perform community services, attend a court- ordered truancy prevention program and/or be subject to suspension/revocation of driving privileges.

CONSEQUENCES are Teacher and/or Administrative detentions. SART/SARB contracts.

TARDIES

If you arrive after 8:10, go directly to the office attendance window to receive a tardy slip. If the tardy is unexcused, you will be marked as truant. Excessive tardies will be addressed by office administration.

Please send a note with your child indicating reason for being late. We then know that you are aware your child is late. Our tardy policy reflects our belief that being on time is an important life skill for your child’s development. If there is a particular reason or emergency causing your child to be late, please contact an administrator.

Students have no reason to be late to class during the school day. When a student is marked tardy to class, an automated phone call is made home to alert the parent of the tardy. Mulitple tardies to class may lead to administrative detention or Saturday school.

HALL PASSES

Every student leaving a classroom must have a hall pass. They are to leave only for very important reasons. Students out of class without a pass will be immediately sent back to their classroom.