Weed High School

Attendance Policies

Attendance Policy

 

CALIFORNIA EDUCATION CODE

Pursuant to California Education Code Section 48260.5, you are hereby notified that:

  1. Your child is truant (see attached attendance report);

  2. Pursuant to Education Code Section 48200, you are obligated to compel the attendance of your child at school;

  3. Any parent or guardian failing to meet the obligations of compulsory attendance pursuant to Education Code Section 48200 may be guilty of an infraction and subject to prosecution pursuant to Article 6 (commencing with Section 48290) of the California Education Code;

  4. There are alternative educational programs available to your child in this school district;

  5. You have the right to meet with appropriate school personnel to discuss solutions to your child’s truancy problem;

  6. Your child may be subject to prosecution under Education Code Section 48264;

  7. Your child may be subject to suspension, restriction, or delay of any driving privilege pursuant to Vehicle Code Section 13202.7;

  8. You may be required to bring your child to school and attend his/her class(es) for one day {Education Code 48260.5(h)}; and

  9. If you are receiving a CalWORKS grant, your child’s failure to attend school could result in a reduction or denial of that grant {California DSS Manual, EAS 40-105(d)}.

 

WHS ATTENDANCE POLICY

Absences:  As a school, we are working to improve our student’s attendance and the process we use to verify absences. Your attendance is very important to us. If you are not here you can not participate in the learning activities of the day. There is also a financial impact of students being absent. Each day a student is not in attendance, a school loses money, regardless of the reason or purpose of the absence. This funding is vital to keeping our programs, such as academic support, our elective programs, and athletics, strong.

 

  • When a student is absent, a parent or guardian must call the office and let us know the student is absent and the reason for the absence. Please call the office in the morning of the absence. If absences are not cleared three days after the return to school, they will become cuts.  

  • Excessive absences due to illness or medical appointments  may require a doctor’s note for them to be excused.  

  • Three or more unexcused absences may start the School Attendance Review Board (SARB) process.

  • Students may or may not be allowed to make up work during unexcused absences. Unexcused absences may also lead to reduction of a student’s grades.

  • If a student is going to be absent because of a planned appointment or vacation, students must talk and plan with teachers at least three days prior to the absences and parents must notify the office of the planned absence.  Students who have a planned absence of greater than 5 days may be eligible for Short-Term Independent Study.  Call the school counselor for more information on this program.  Two weeks notice is required for the teachers to assemble schoolwork for the student to complete while gone.


 

Tardies:  One of the goals of WHS is to prepare our students for a productive adult life.  As we all know, a vital part of adult life is holding down a job.  Employers often say that the first step is that of BEING THERE and being there ON TIME!  Our attendance and tardy rules are designed to help students develop these skills.

  1. A student is tardy when not ready to immediately work or follow instructions when the bell begins to ring. A tardy becomes an unexcused absence after 30 minutes of class. Students arriving to school after the tardy bell has rung (in ANY period) must check in at the office before going to class.

  2. There is no such thing as an “excused” tardy.  (Students held over by a teacher in the prior class who bring a note from that teacher, or students who are held in the office by the principal or counselor will not be considered tardy.

  3. Each teacher will administer a tardy policy that is part of a student’s participation grade in each of their classes.

 

Leaving Campus:  Every time students leave the campus, other than during the assigned lunch period, they must get an off-bounds pass from the office prior to leaving the campus.  (This rule applies even when their parents pick them up).  If a student leaves campus without an off-bounds pass, it will be considered an unexcused absence.