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Attendance Student Reporting

Attendance Reporting: 650-618-9331

Parents must report an absence within 48 hours of an absence.

 

Due to technical difficulties with our phone system, we are temporarily accepting Attendance notifications from parents/guardians via email.

Please send your email to lahs.attendance@mvla.net.

 
The message must be sent from the parent/guardian's email account that is already on file with SIS student contact information, and include:
  • student first and last name,
  • guardian name,
  • dates or class periods absent, and
  • reason for the absence.
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You may also email advance notice of early excusal for a medical or other appointment in this same way.

Reporting Absences

Reporting Absences

Parents are required to call the attendance office the day their student is absent as early as possible or within 2 school days of an absence, at the latest.  When parents do not call within 2 school days, the absences are counted as unexcused.  Absences will not be cleared after 48 hours. We will not accept late phone calls.  We do not accept notes.  Parents must call the attendance office.  Messages may also be left in Spanish, Vietnamese, or Chinese.  Please clearly state or spell out the student's last name.

(650) 941–2761..................... 24 Hour Attendance Line
(650) 960–8832..................... Attendance Office

Please call the attendance clerk, at (650) 960-8832 if you have any questions concerning attendance. For more assistance, your assistant principal is assigned by your student’s last name:

Perla Pasallo                 A-G    (650) 960-8822
Galen Rosenberg          H-O    (650) 960-8814
Suzanne Woolfolk         P-Z    (650) 960-8875


Students leaving campus for appointments during their regular class periods must check out through the attendance office. Please call in advance to excuse these appointments. Students who become ill or injured while at school are required to go to the attendance office so parents can be notified.
 
Calling In and Excusing Absences

Calling In and Excusing Absences

Parents are required to call the attendance office the day their student is absent. When parents do not call within 2 school days, the absences are counted as unexcused. We will not accept late phone calls. We do not accept notes. Parents must call the attendance office. Messages may also be left in Spanish, Vietnamese, or Chinese. Please clearly state or spell out the student's last name. Calls can be made 24 hours a day to (650) 941-2761.
 
Definition of Excused Absence

Definition of Excused Absence

Illness, quarantine, health appointments (medical, dental, and optometry), religious holiday observances, death in the immediate family or serving on jury duty are the only legal reasons to be absent from school. School-initiated activities that cause a student to miss a class are also considered “excused absences.”
 
Definition of Unexcused Absence

Definition of Unexcused Absence

“Cuts” or other absences not classified as excused in the paragraph above are designated as “unexcused absences.”  Unexcused absences will be counted across a student’s entire schedule; e.g. if a student has one unexcused absence in second period, two in third, and one in sixth, that equals four unexcused absences.

Grade Penalty – Students may receive a failing grade in a class if they accumulate 15 or more unexcused absences in that class.
 
Absences

Absences

An “unexcused absence” is an absence in excess of a 30-minute period occurring in a given class. Students may not exceed 14 absences across their entire schedule. A full day, unexcused absence counts as 5, 6, or 7 absences; depending on how many classes a student carries toward the total of 14. On the 15th unexcused absence, students may be referred to an alternative educational program/site pursuant to the District’s involuntary transfer policy (BP 5113/AR 5113).

Points to remember:

 
  1. Unexcused absences will be counted across a student’s entire schedule.
  2. Parents and students will receive telephone calls and mailed warnings as absences accumulate.
  3. At the 10th unexcused period absence, there will be a mandatory parent conference with the student’s Assistant Principal. The conference will be scheduled to occur the morning after the family is contacted by the school.
  4. At the student/parent conference, consequences for continued cutting are discussed and the student is assigned Saturday School. An attendance contract will also be signed at this meeting. Failure to attend Saturday School may result in transfer to an alternative educational program/site.
  5. Students may receive a failing grade (“F”) in a class if they accumulate 6 or more unexcused absences in a given class. Prior to assigning a student a failing grade, the student or student’s parent will be given a reasonable opportunity to explain the absences.
  6. Students are not entitled to make up assignments and tests missed due to unexcused absences or to receive credit for such work when it is made up.
 
 
Tardies

Tardies

Students may not exceed 19 unexcused tardies across their entire schedule.  On the 20th unexcused tardy, students may be referred to an alternative educational program/site pursuant to the District’s involuntary transfer policy.
 

Points to Remember:

  1. Unexcused tardies will be counted across a student’s entire schedule.  An unexcused tardy is absence from class from when the bell rings until up to 30 minutes of a class period.
  2. At the 15th unexcused tardy, there will be a mandatory parent conference with the student’s Assistant Principal.  This conference will be scheduled to occur the morning after the family is contacted by the school.
  3. At the student/parent conference, consequences for continued tardiness are discussed and the student is assigned to Saturday School.  An attendance contract will also be signed at this meeting.  Failure to attend Saturday School may result in transfer to an alternative educational program/site.
 
Illness

Illness

Students who are ill are encouraged to stay home. Students who become too ill to continue classroom activities must report to the attendance office. The student’s parent or guardian will be notified and will be expected to make appropriate arrangements for the student to leave the campus. It is critical that all emergency numbers be kept up-to-date in the event of student illness or emergency.
 

For complete Attendance Policy, please check the Policies & Procedures section