When a child is absent because of illness or for a doctor or dental appointment, call or email the school office (650-856-1622) before 8:30 a.m. on the day of the absence and indicate the reason. If you prefer, you could email Ginny Chu in our school office. The law requires that the exact nature of an illness be stated. This type of absence is an excused absence.
A child may be dismissed early from school only when a telephone call or note to the teacher has indicated the specific reason. The school is not permitted to excuse children for music lessons, Scouting, sports, or other extracurricular activities. A child leaving school at a time other than the usual dismissal time must report to the school office and await transportation there, NOT at the curb.
Our school district has become much stricter about unexcused absences than in the past. Three unexcused absences (or tardiness of more than 30 minutes) means that a student is truant according to California Ed Code. It is, therefore, very important that you communicate with your child’s teacher and our office staff about all student absences.
If your family is planning a trip of any length, please notify your child’s teacher in advance and also notify Becky or Ginny in the school office. It may be possible to excuse absences up to four days in length depending on the reason of the absence if we are notified before the absence. Independent study may be arranged for absences of duration between 5 and 15 days. For an absence longer than 15 days, special arrangements must be made with the principal in order to avoid having the student dis-enrolled from school.
PAUSD Board Policies:
- Excused absences https://www.pausd.org/policies#/search/result/1158
- Chronic Absence and Truancy https://www.pausd.org/policies#/search/result/1159
Children should be at school by 8:00 a.m. Arriving after 8:00 into the classroom will be considered tardy. Teachers submit attendance online and if the teacher has already completed the daily attendance report while a child is not present, the student will need to go to the office upon arrival at school so the attendance report can be amended to “tardy” rather than “absent.”
Persistent tardiness is a problem for some students. Students are often embarrassed to be arriving after the school day has started. This isn’t a good frame of mind in which to start learning. The student may miss the teacher’s opening message which sets the tone for the morning. The teacher may have to repeat directions which is inefficient and frustrating. Perhaps most important for children of elementary age, they are learning patterns for life. Being on time and ready to begin the day is an important habit for life. Since parents are largely responsible for getting children to school on time in elementary school, we ask you to plan a morning routine which ensures that your child arrives at school between 7:45 and 8:00 a.m.
We will send a letter to families of students who are repeatedly tardy asking that the family address the problem. If the pattern of tardiness persists, the principal will ask to meet with the parents to see how we can work together to solve the problem. If none of this is successful over a reasonable period of time, the situation will be referred to the PAUSD Student Attendance Review Board.