A student misses essential learning when absent; therefore, students are encouraged to attend school every school day when possible.
Every absence must be verified. Parents must send a note, call the school office at (661) 294-5350 or e-mail. The following information should be included:
Your child's name and teacher's name
Date of the absence
Exact nature of illness or reason for absence
Anticipated duration of absence
Your name and signature
Pupils, with the written consent of their parents or guardians, may be excused from school in order to participate in religious exercises or to receive moral or religious instruction. No pupil shall have his or her grade reduced or lose academic credit for any excused absence or absences, if missed assignments and tests that can reasonably be provided are satisfactorily completed within a reasonable period of time.
(a) A pupil shall be excused from school when the absence is:
Due to his or her illness.
Due to quarantine under the direction of a county health officer.
For the purpose of having medical, dental, optometrical, or chiropractic services rendered.
For the purpose of attending the funeral services of a member of his or her immediate family.
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, or attendance at religious retreats.
For the purpose of spending time with a member of the pupil's immediate family, who is an active duty member of the uniformed services, and has been called to duty for, is on leave from, or has immediately returned from, deployment to a combat zone or combat support position. Absences shall be granted for a period to be determined at the discretion of the superintendent of the district.
(b) 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 the class from which a pupil is absent shall determine which tests and assignments shall be reasonably equivalent to, but not necessarily identical to, the tests and assignments that the pupil missed during the absence.
Schools receive funding from the State of California based on your child's daily attendance. When a medical appointment is necessary, schedule it for non-school time or arrange for your child to be in school before and/or after the appointment.
If your student is late, please send a note of explanation. Unexcused tardiness may require the student to complete lost learning time after school.
Students with excessive absences and/or tardiness may be referred to School Attendance Review Team (SART). A student is considered truant after three absences or three tardies of more than 30 minutes each time and the absences or tardies are unexcused. After a student has been reported as a truant three or more times in a school year, the student is considered a habitual truant. A student who is absent from school without a valid excuse for 10% or more of the school days in one school year, from the date of enrollment to the current date, is considered a chronic truant. Unexcused absences are all absences that do not fall under the heading of Excused Absences above.