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Reporting an Absence

To report an absence, call or email our attendance clerk, Mrs. Tipton.

Clearning an Absence

Pursuant to AR 5113, parents shall notify the school and provide reason for their student's absence within 5 days. If a parent or legal guardian does not provide a reason for the absence after 5 days, the absence will be noted as TRUANT.

After a total of 12 absences during a school year due to illness, any future absences due to illness MUST be verified by a physician.

College Visitations

Juniors and seniors may have a limited number of absences for college visitations excused if the college visitation is pre-approved at least two weeks prior to the visit.

Please download this form to request the days be excused. 

Note: If there are extenuating circumstances in which you do not qualify to have your college visitation excused, please email the Principal to discuss the matter.

Early Release

If it is necessary for your student to leave school early for an appointment, you must either fax (805-579-6385), email to with copy of ID, or send a SIGNED note with the student stating the time that the student is to be released and the reason. Please include a telephone number where you can be reached for verification. This note must be turned in to the Attendance Office by 9:00 A.M. After note verification, the student will be issued an off-campus pass.

The only other way to release your student from campus early is to come to the office personally to pick him/her up. Identification will be required.

Students will not be released from a parent phone call. Students who leave campus without school permission will be marked truant and will be subject to discipline.

"Valid" Excused Absences

Pursuant to Education Code section 48205,

(a) Absences may only be excused:

  1. Due to his or her illness.
  2. Due to quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer.
  3. For the purpose of having medical, dental, optometrical, or chiropractic services rendered.
  4. For the purpose of attending the funeral services of a member of his or her immediate family, so long as the absence is not more than one day if the service is conducted in California and not more than three days if the service is conducted outside California.
  5. For the purpose of jury duty in the manner provided for by law.
  6. Due to the illness or medical appointment during school hours of a child of whom the pupil is the custodial parent.
  7. 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, attendance at religious retreats, attendance at an employment conference, or attendance at an educational conference on the legislative or judicial process offered by a nonprofit organization when the pupil's absence is requested in writing by the parent or guardian and approved by the principal or a designated representative pursuant to uniform standards established by the governing board.
  8. For the purpose of serving as a member of a precinct board for an election pursuant to Section 12302 of the Elections Code.
  9. 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, as defined in Section 49701, 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 granted pursuant to this paragraph shall be granted for a period of time to be determined at the discretion of the superintendent of the school 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 therefor. 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.

(c) For purposes of this section, attendance at religious retreats shall not exceed four hours per semester.

Definition of "Truant"

Pursuant to California Education Code Section 48260 (a), 

A pupil subject to compulsory full-time education or to compulsory continuation education who is absent from school without a valid excuse three full days in one school year or tardy or absent for more than a 30-minute period during the schoolday without a valid excuse on three occasions in one school year, or any combination thereof, shall be classified as a truant and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor or to the superintendent of the school district.

See above for  the definition of "valid" excuses.