Attendance Line 949-936-6801
Attendance will be taken daily and reported to the office. When a student is going to be absent, the parent/guardian must phone the 24-hour Attendance Line at 949-936-6801 and leave a message by 8:15 AM each day of the absence. When calling, please give the student’s full legal name, reason for absence and date(s), the caller’s name and relationship to the student. Absences not cleared by a phone call or note will be marked unexcused/cut and the student is considered truant by the State.
As defined by the State of California, an absence is considered excused for the following reasons only: illness, death in the family, religious holiday, doctor/dental appointment or student’s appearance in court. To excuse an absence for a medical appointment, a note from a medical professional is due within 3 school days of a student’s return to school.
A doctor’s note is required to excuse a student’s absence
for a medical appointment.
Whenever possible, parents/guardians are encouraged to make doctor or dental appointments after school hours, on Minimum or Late Start days.
In the event of excessive absences due to illness, a doctor’s note or other verification may be requested to excuse an absence per State and District Guidelines. Habitual absences will ultimately result in a referral to School Attendance Review Board (SARB).
Independent Study Contracts
An Independent Study Contract is available for out-of-town trips of five or more school days. The Attendance Clerk must be notified of the trip at least 5 school days prior to the trip. The contract must be taken by the student to each of his/her teachers to have it signed and to have work assigned before the trip begins. To receive credit, the work must be completed and submitted with the contract to the Attendance Clerk on the day the student returns to school. Credit will not be issued if the paperwork is submitted late. Independent Study Contracts are not available during the last month of school.
Students are responsible for being on-time to school and to each class period with all materials and assignments required. Only a dental or doctor’s appointment will excuse a student’s tardiness to school. Students must provide a note from the medical professional on the day they return from the appointment. An unexcused tardy of 30 minutes or longer counts as a full day of absence and will be marked unexcused. When students are detained by a staff member, the student should obtain a written pass from that staff member BEFORE GOING TO THE NEXT CLASS. Unannounced tardy sweeps are conducted throughout the year. Students who are “swept” up frequently will be referred to the office for disciplinary action.
- Tardy #1 = No consequence
- Tardy #2 = Verbal warning
- Tardy #3 = Behavior Document, parent contact & detention
- Tardy #4 = Behavior Documentation, parent contact, community service on school grounds or other consequence and a “N” (needs improvement) in citizenship in the class to which the student is tardy
- Tardy #5+ = Progressive discipline, until behavior has been improved
Leaving School Early
If a student needs to leave school before the end of the school day, a parent/guardian must come into the front office and sign him/her out. Students will be released only to those listed on the Emergency Card who are at least eighteen years of age. Identification may be required.
BEGINNING AND ENDING OF SCHOOL
The school day begins every day, except on Late Start Fridays, with the first bell ringing at 7:53 AM and the tardy bell ringing at 7:58 AM. On Late Start Fridays, the first bell rings at 9:10 AM and the tardy bell rings at 9:15 AM. All students need to be seated in class when the tardy bell rings, or they will be marked tardy. School ends at 2:32 PM every day (including Late Start Fridays). Students may not arrive at school more than 20 minutes early and should leave campus within 20 minutes of the final bell. Adult supervision is not provided beyond these times. Seventh period PE meets from 2:35 PM to 3:25 PM.