Attendance Policies

  • Welcome.  Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit in early on so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.

    It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to contact the school's attendance office as soon as possible when their student is absent from school. Additionally, most schools have a process in place for notifying parents by phone if the school has not already been contacted concerning the absence. However, parents and guardians can verify their son's or daughter's attendance at any time by contacting the attendance office.

    • The absence of a student from school/class shall be excused for only the following reasons (code = 1) (Ref. EC 46010):

    A. Illness or quarantine

    B. Medical, dental, optometric, or chiropractic services.

    C. Funeral of immediate family member, limited to one day for services in California and three days for out-of-state (mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, brother, sister, any relative living in the immediate household of the student).

    D. Jury duty.

    E. Up to five days in order to obtain proper immunization

    • Some examples of unexcused absences (code = 9):

    A. Any personal business that could be handled on own time.
    B. Working for an employer.
    C. Oversleeping.
    D. Missing the bus.
    E. Suspension or other action related to discipline.
    F. Car trouble.
    G. Vacation/trip out of town, etc.

    ABSENCES – INDEPENDENT STUDIES: Students who wish to leave school before the end of the semester or prior to the school's scheduled vacation period must secure administrative approval and follow all conditions set by the school. Failure to do so will result in the student being dropped from Cesar E. Chavez High School. The student would then be required to re-enroll. Independent Study contracts are available in the Attendance Office and Educational Services. Please report to the Attendance Office at least a week before you plan to leave.

    ABSENCES - RETURN: Students should bring their notes to the Attendance Office immediately upon arriving on campus after their absence. The Attendance Office is open at 7:00 a.m. Anytime a student is absent from a class or school for any reason, it is the obligation of the student to follow through on clarifying the reason for the absence. Print-outs and re-admits are given in the attendance office before school, during lunch and afterschool only.

    It is the student’s responsibility to get the re-admit and get to class on time. If a student arrives at school after first period begins, he or she needs to report to the Attendance Office to get a readmit to class. Students have three full days in order to clear their absence(s). If the absence(s) are not cleared within the three-day limit, teachers will send the student to the Discipline Office with a Student Attendance Referral. Consequences may include the following: First Offense - Warning. Second Offense - Detention. Third Offense - In-House Retention/Parent Contact.
    Absences that go unaddressed for more than twenty school days after the date of absence will be changed from an unresolved status (code = A) to truant (code = 7). Parents will then be unable to excuse the absence. After the twenty-day rule is applied, absences can only be adjusted by administrative authority. Students may be required to serve detention or Saturday School to clear any absences beyond this twenty-day limit, in addition to the penalties associated with the failure to provide the teacher a readmit within the three-day limit.

    PERFECT ATTENDANCE: Students must be in school for a minimum of four (4) periods on a daily basis to qualify for a perfect attendance award upon graduation.

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