Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes on a daily basis. Absence from class is excused for illness, medical appointments, and funerals for members of the immediate family. Other absences that are valid, with prior approval, include unavoidable family travel, court appearance, and school activities. Absences that are not valid include cutting school, working, baby-sitting, personal business and unverified illness.
Students are required to go to the Attendance Office if they are late or leaving early. Please send your student with a note indicating Name, Grade, Time of expected arrival/early check out, and a Reason. It is student responsibility to acquire Campus Passes for late arrival and Early Check out from the attendance office. Due to COVID we are unable to deliver passes to classrooms for early check out. If your student is not at school for an in-person instruction day, please call or email the attendance office with times your student will be logged off from classes. Failure to follow above attendance procedures may result in a referral to the Assistant’s Principals Office.
Good attendance is a prerequisite to satisfactory job performance. The same holds true for school. Class time missed cannot be fully replaced with make-up assignments. Students who are absent, for any reason, more than 20 percent of the time should not expect to pass the class.
Students who will be unable to attend school due to an illness or accident for an extended period of time, absence of 3 consecutive weeks or more, should contact the Counseling Department to discuss possibility for alternative learning options.
Parents, doctors, or school officials may verify absences. Students, who have attained the age of eighteen years, with parent signature, may verify their own absence(s). The school may request additional verification when deemed necessary. Absence verification should include the following information:
first and last name of the student
reason for the absence
name and relationship of the person verifying the absence
Occasionally students will be marked absent in error. The Attendance Office needs verification from the teacher before the error can be fixed. Please contact your teacher if there is an error. If this process is not followed the absence will be marked as a truancy.
Two (2) school days will be allowed to make up each day's excused absence. A student absent on the day of a test may be required to take the test on the day of his/her return. If the absence falls on the day an assignment is due, and the student had prior knowledge of the assignment, the student may be required to submit that assignment upon the day of his/her return. If sufficient make up time is not possible prior to the grading period, the teacher may issue and "I" (Incomplete) grade until such time as the work is completed. A maximum of four weeks after the grading period is allowed for such make up work. The student is responsible for arranging for makeup work.
When a student has repeated absences for unacceptable reasons, the student will be considered a "habitual truant". This may result in a referral to the Student Attendance Review Board (SARB), or the filing of an application for petition with the El Dorado County Probation Department, or a complaint may be filed against the parent in the Justice Court. Habitual truancy constitutes grounds for an involuntary transfer to an alternative school.