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Attendance

Reporting Student Absence

 

EXCUSING AN ABSENCE
All absences must be cleared within 48hours.  When excusing an absence, please be sure to include the student's name, date of absence, and reason for absence to avoid any delay in excusing the absence.

You can click here to see the California Education Code list of acceptable reasons to excuse an absence. 

 

Pre-Approval Excusal for non-excusable reasons

If your student is going to be absent and it does not fall under one of the excusable reasons, you may complete this form prior to the absence and turn it into the attendance office.  

 

If you would like to leave a message for the attendance office for any other reason, please call and leave a voice message on our Attendance Line:  209.836.7461

Absences

 

In keeping with Lammersville Unified School District Board Policy (BP) 5113(a), Mountain House High School believes that regular attendance, punctuality and participation in school are directly linked to student achievement.  

 

Excused Absence (found in CA Education Code 48205)

  1. Illness
  2. Family Funeral
  3. Quarantine (COVID 19) 
  4. Optometric, medical, or dental appointments (*Please make every effort to schedule appointments outside of the school day)
  5. A court appearance by subpoena (child)
  6. Participation in religious exercises

*Find the full list of 10 excusable reasons for absence from school in CA Ed Code here.

 

Examples of an Unexcused Absence

The following list details reasons that cannot be excused:

  1. Family Vacations and extended weekend trips
  2. Oversleeping
  3. Parent fault for being late or absent
  4. Car trouble
  5. Any absence would typically be considered excused but is not cleared by a parent/guardian or doctor's note within 48 hours of returning to school

 

*This list is not all-inclusive. If you have specific questions regarding unexcused absences, please contact the attendance office.

 

* Your child’s attendance can be accessed through the Aeries Parent Portal, which can be found on the front page of the school website or by clicking here. If you are having trouble accessing your account, please call the school’s main number at (209) 836-7460.



 Verification of Absences

 

All absences must be excused by the parent/guardian as listed on the school registration form. These absences must be cleared within 48 hours. It is the student’s responsibility to clear all absences in the proper amount of time and to arrange for all make-up work with teachers. These absences cannot be cleared after 48 hours, at which time they will be documented as unexcused absences. Students and parents may check their attendance via Aeries or by contacting the attendance office.

 

After a student acquires five days of excused absences, a doctor's note will be required to justify any additional absence. To clear an unexcused absences with a doctor’s note, you may submit your document(s) via email to [email protected] or use the attendance form found here

 

In determining whether or not an absence is excused, MHHS follows CA Education Code guidelines for excused vs. unexcused absences. We must follow these guidelines when coding absences in our system. If your student is going to be absent and it does not fall under one of the excusable reasons, you may complete this form prior to the absence and turn it into the attendance office.  

DATES STUDENTS MUST BE PRESENT

  1. Please note that it is essential that students be present on the first and last day of the school year. Students who are not present will be dropped and must re-enroll when they return.
  2. Students MUST be present for finals in December and June.  Early finals will not be provided for students to leave school early.  If there is an extenuating circumstance, please contact your student's counselor.

 

SHORT-TERM Independent Study (Click here for the form):

  • Short-term Independent Study is used when a student is planning to be absent due to a trip or non-medical reason for a period of at least five (5) school days and no more than ten (10) school days.
  • Requests for Short-term Independent Study agreements must be submitted at least ten (10) school days prior to the absence.
  • Students whose achievement is below grade-level standards, may not be eligible for Short-term Independent Study.
  • If a student has unsuccessfully completed a previous Short-term Independent Study agreement, they are not eligible for any subsequent Short-term Independent Study agreements.
  • Effective 8/10/17, students will not be granted more than three (3) Short-term Independent Study agreements during their time in grades K-12.
  • Short-term Independent Study agreements will not be issued the first twenty (20) school days or the last twenty (20) school days of the year.
  • Coursework assigned on a Short-term Independent Study Agreement must be completed and submitted on the FIRST day the student is scheduled to return to school.  Any missed tests/quizzes/presentations will be taken or presented on the FIRST day the student is scheduled to return to school.

 

School Consequences for Unexcused Absences

 

Progressive discipline will come into effect for students who have 1 or more unexcused single-period absences. Administration will contact parents in regards to assigned consequences. Students that continue to have unexcused absences will be referred to go through the SARB process. Students will be assigned 1 Saturday school for every 6 unexcused single-period absences.

  

Failure to serve an assigned Saturday School will be considered Defiance of Authority (Education Code  48900) and appropriate consequences will be administered which may include Reflection Room and/or suspension from school.  Please note that pre-approved absences, illness verified by a doctor’s note, or verified family emergencies are the only acceptable excuses to miss

Saturday School.

Truancy Notification and Consequences

 

In adherence to Administrative Regulation 5113.1(b) and Education Code 48260, a student will be identified as truant when the student accrues three full days or 18 single period unexcused absences from school.  At this point, a student enters the Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) process:

 

Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) Process

    SARB is a strategy that utilizes school and community resources to help students improve their attendance. At the SARB hearing, the panel will decide which intervention they would like to implement in order to help resolve the students’ attendance issues.

Number of Unexcused Absences

Notification and Consequence

3 days/18 periods of unexcused absences

  • Student is identified as truant
  • 3 days of Saturday School Assigned
  • SARB 1- Letter sent home
  • For students that participate in activities failure to attend Saturday School will result in suspension from activity until Saturday School is consistently served. 

6 days/36 periods of unexcused absences

  • SARB 2- Letter sent home with meeting notification
  • 6 days of Saturday School Assigned
  • Parent/Guardian and student meet with MHHS administrator
  • Attendance contract signed
  • Parent/Guardian is obligated to compel student to attend school
  • Students that participate in activities will need to sit out following the placement of a SART contract for the next two events/games/matches/competitions. *Co-curricular students will need to complete alternate assignments to avoid grade being affected.

9 days/54 periods of unexcused absences

  • SARB 3- Letter sent home with meeting notification 
  • 9 days of Saturday School Assigned
  • Students that participate in activities will be suspended from participating in their activity until student attends official SARB meeting at the district office. *Co-curricular students will need to complete alternate assignments to avoid grade being affected.  A decision will be made at the SARB meeting in regards to the students continued participation in the activity.
  • Parent/Guardian and student meet with District administration.  Possible outcomes of the meeting:
    • Student placed on district attendance contract
    • Student referred to alternate placement at another school
    • The parent/guardian may be guilty of an infraction of the law and subject to prosecution pursuant to Education Code 48290-48296
    • The student may be subject to suspension, restriction or delay of his/her driving privilege pursuant to Vehicle Code 13202.7



Saturday School

 

  • Students with more than 4 days of Saturday School will lose off campus privileges including flex and lunch, extra-curricular privileges and their work permit.
  • Saturday School days are cumulative and will carry over from one school year to the next. 
  • Students may reduce Saturday School days by attending Saturday School or by having 10 days of Perfect Attendance while serving 1 day of Saturday School which will result in 3 days of Saturday School served.  Students may not have tardies or absences to qualify for Perfect Attendance.  If you have obtained Perfect Attendance it is the student's responsibility to visit the attendance office to reduce days.

 

*Students will be notified if they have earned Saturday School and parents will be contacted by email.

*SUCCESS is academic time and is the same as an academic class period. Failure to sign up for, or attend SUCCESS consistently will result in the student being referred to the SARB process and subject to consequences.  

 

Definition of a Chronic Truant

 

Effective January 1, 2011, EC Section 48263.6: Any pupil subject to compulsory full-time education or to compulsory education who is absent from school without a valid excuse for ten percent or more of the school days in one school year, from the date of enrollment to the current date, is deemed a chronic truant, provided that the appropriate school district officer or employee has complied with EC sections 48260.5, 48261, 48262, and 48291.

 

The Governing Board expects all students to be present and ready to work each day that school is in session. The State has implemented an “in-seat” attendance policy for claiming state school apportionment. This means every time a student is absent, for whatever reason, we lose funding for that day. Besides the loss of state funding, all absences create an additional workload for the teacher and student. Your student loses valuable instructional time when the teacher provides make-up work. This literally doubles the work for all involved. Absences from school should be taken very seriously and used only when absolutely necessary. The District needs your support for school attendance.

 

Tardy Policy

 

Mountain House High School considers punctuality an important life and career habit.  For this reason, students are expected to arrive to all classes on time.  A student must be in their seat when the bell rings to be considered on time.  Students who arrive to class after the bell rings need to go to the attendance office to receive a tardy slip prior to entering class.  Students who are more than 30 minutes late to class will be marked absent.  

 

Teachers notify administration of tardies. Tardies consequences are below:

 

Tardy Consequences

Number of Tardies

Notification and Consequence

1st-6th Tardy

  • Parent contact via auto dialer

7th-9th Tardy

  • Parent contact via auto dialer
  • Student meets with Vice Principal
  • Vice Principal calls home
  • Detention is assigned

10+ Tardies

  • Parent contact via auto dialer
  • Saturday School assigned, parents contacted by email
  • 20 Days LOSP

 

  • Short-term Independent Study is used when a student is planning to be absent due to a trip or non-medical reason for a period of at least five (5) school days and no more than ten (10) school days.
  • Requests for Short-term Independent Study agreements must be submitted at least ten (10) school days prior to the absence.
  • Students whose achievement is below grade-level standards, may not be eligible for Short-term Independent Study.
  • If a student has unsuccessfully completed a previous Short-term Independent Study agreement, they are not eligible for any subsequent Short-term Independent Study agreements.
  • Effective 8/10/17, students will not be granted more than three (3) Short-term Independent Study agreements during their time in grades K-12.
  • Short-term Independent Study agreements will not be issued the first twenty (20) school days or the last twenty (20) school days of the year.
  • Coursework assigned on a Short-term Independent Study Agreement must be completed and submitted on the FIRST day the student is scheduled to return to school.  Any missed tests/quizzes/presentations will be taken or presented on the FIRST day the student is scheduled to return to school.
 

 


Per LUSD Administrative Regulation (AR) 5113(c), after a student has had 5 absences verified by a parent for illness, any further absences must be verified by a physician.

 

To access the attendance section of the Student Handbook, please click here.