• Los Alamitos High School Attendance Policy

    Attendance Policy 

    Classroom attendance is considered to be an integral part of the learning experience at Los Alamitos High School. As such, students must actively participate in classroom instructional activities designed by the teacher, and missing these learning experiences may affect students’ academic success. To support teaching and learning, the State of California requires that a student attend school between the ages of 6 and 18 or until graduation from high school, whichever comes first. 

     

    The following policy and guidelines for attendance are what Los Alamitos High School has adopted to ensure our state’s mandate:

     


    Excused Absences

    California Education Code 48205 - A student absence will only be excused if the reason for the absence, as reported by the parent/guardian, meets the criteria specified in California Education Code 48205 (see Excused Absences below). The parent/guardian is obligated to compel the regular and prompt attendance of their student to school.  The State of California requires that when a student is absent, the parent/guardian must contact the school and verify the reason for, and the dates of, the absence. According to the California Education Code, students arriving to class 30 minutes after the bell that signals the start of the period are deemed truant.

    Excused Absences:

    California Education Code 48205 states that a student shall be excused from school when the absence is due to:

    1.       Illness (parent/guardian must verify by phone call or written note)

    2.       Bereavement (one day within the state, three days outside the state)

    3.       Quarantine (Under the direction of a county or city health officer)

    4.       Medical Appointment (Absence verified by a medical professional on medical office letterhead)

    5.       Court Appearance

    6.       Religious Retreat (shall not exceed 4 hours per semester)

     

    Parents or guardians must verify absences within 2 days, or the absences will be recorded as unexcused and may result in truancy

    ·         Any truancy during a school day will result in Saturday School. 

    ·         The Attendance Office will assign Saturday School once an unverified absence is declared truant. 

    ·         Students will receive Saturday School notification for attendance violations within two days of the unverified absence being declared truant.  This notification will be delivered to the class where the tardy/truancy occurred.

    ·         Failure to serve Saturday School will result in students being placed on the “Loss of Activities List.”

    ·         A student will be truant if absent from school without prior parent notification to the school, or if they leave campus without checking out with the Attendance Office or Nurse’s Office. Parents MAY NOT clear truancies received if a student decides not to go to a particular class.

     

    A ONE-TIME (per school year) request to clear an absence after 2 school days requires a parent’s signature at the school site. 

     

    Tardy Policy

    California Education Code 48260—Any student who is absent from school without a valid excuse more than three days or tardy more than three days in one school year is a truant and shall be reported to the Dean of Attendance. Students arriving to class after the bell signaling the start of the period are deemed tardy. All tardies will be tracked through the Attendance Office. The Attendance Office will make SART and SARB (see definitions below) referrals for multiple tardies.

     

    Saturday School & Loss of Activities List

    The aim of Saturday School and its curriculum is to encourage adherence to school policy by providing a consistent, fair, and respectful structure of accountability that increase students’ sense of leadership and connectedness to the LAHS school community.

     

    Saturday School is an opportunity for students to make up time they have missed due to tardies and truancies. Students with multiple tardies and truancies who do not attend assigned Saturday School will be placed on the “Loss of Activities List.”  Students must clear all Saturday School hours resulting from tardies, truancies, and discipline issues (see Discipline Code) by attending Saturday School, participating in campus beautification, or attending Central Detentions in Room 404 during lunch. Clearing Saturday School hours is required in order to be removed from the Loss of Activities List and for participation in school activities including but not limited to:  Parking Passes, Off-Campus Lunch Pass, Campus Dances, Winter Formal, Prom, any contest, nomination, or Graduation Activities.

     
    Campus Beautification

    For students that are unable to attend Saturday School because of job, sport, or family obligations, an alternative to Saturday School exists in the form of Campus Beautification.  Campus Beautifications are held weekdays, afterschool, between 2:45pm and 4:00pm, and students must be present the entire time for the Campus Beautification to count towards Loss of Activities clearance.  To sign-up for it, contact the Dean of Students in the Attendance Office.  Two Campus Beautifications are equivalent to attending a Saturday School.

     

    Central Detention

    Central Detentions exist to support student accountability for truancies and tardies.  Central Detentions occur daily in Room 611 during lunch.  Students must be present for the full lunch period for the detention to count towards Loss Of Activities clearance (a five-minute grace period for getting food will be allotted).  Eight Central Detentions is equivalent to a Saturday School.

     

    “Banking Saturday Schools”

    Los Alamitos High School does not support students “banking” Saturday Schools, Campus Beautifications, or Central Detentions in advance of future attendance infractions.  All students with “clear” records will not be able to attend these offerings in anticipation of future infractions.

     


    Saturday School Calendar
     

     

    ·         For Saturday School, please report to Room 153/154 promptly at 8:00am.  Students arriving late WILL NOT be admitted. 

     

    ·       Students should come prepared with pencil/pen, paper, and a positive attitude to participate in the Saturday School curriculum and guided activities.  Students may also bring schoolwork and books to study should time permit.

     

    ·         Saturday Schools for the 2017-2018 school year will be held on the following Saturdays throughout the school year unless otherwise notified. 

     

    September

    -

    16, 23, 30

    January

     

    20, 27        

    May

    -

    no dates

    October

    -

    no dates

    February

    -

    3, 17, 24

    June

    -

    no dates

    November

    -

    18

    March

    -

    3, 24

     

     

     

    December

    -

    16    

    April

    -

    21

     

     

     

     

    Saturday School Rules

    ·         Students will report to room # 154 promptly at 8:00 am.  Students arriving late will NOT be admitted.

    ·         Students should come prepared with pencil/pen, paper, and a positive attitude to participate in the Saturday School lessons. Students may bring personal study items to complete if time permits.  

    Addressing Saturday School:

    ·         If you have questions about when, where, or how to serve Saturday School, speak with the Attendance Office before school, nutrition, lunch, & after school.

    ·         Speak with the Attendance Office regarding Saturday School dates, opportunities to serve early, or opportunities to reschedule.

     

    School Activity Absence

    School activity absences (athletics, field trips, special events, etc.) will be cleared by the sport’s head coach or the specific activity’s director.

     

    Medical Appointment or Illness Absence

    It is the school’s responsibility to verify the facts of medical/dental appointment or illness absences. These absences may be designated as unexcused or truant if the facts cannot be verified.

     

    Please make medical/dental appointments outside of school hours. If that is not possible, it is imperative to have your student attend the period(s) during which he/she does not have the appointment.

     

    The student will be issued a medical/dental excuse for those periods missed for the following: 

    ·         Student has a medical/dental appointment during school hours - verification needed.

    ·         Student stays home with prior parental permission because of an illness with a temperature or is infectious – verification needed.

    ·         Student is in the Health Office with written permission of the school/district nurse and the classroom teacher.

     

    After 3 consecutive excused illness absences, a doctor’s note will be required, or the 4th absence will be marked as unverified or truant.

     

    Funeral

    Attendance at the funeral of an immediate family member will be excused (1 day within the state, 3 days out of state).

     

    Excused Suspension Absence  

    If a student does not attend school due to a suspension, the Campus Supervision Office will contact the Attendance Office to inform that the student was suspended. Readmission after a suspension is through the Campus Supervision Office. The student will be allowed to complete all assignments and tests missed during the suspension that can reasonably be provided.  The student will receive full credit upon satisfactory completion within a reasonable period of time, but no less than equal the amount of time of the suspension.

     

    Excused Absences and Grades

    A student’s grade may be affected when absences become excessive, because of missed assignments and diminished class participation. The school will notify the parents with a progress report by email or first-class mail when the student is in danger of failing the class. A student absent from school for an excused absence (see Excused Absence above) will be allowed to complete all assignments and tests missed during the absence that can be reasonably provided.  Upon satisfactory completion of the assignment(s) and within a reasonable period of time, the student shall be given full credit. The teacher of the class from which a student is absent shall determine which tests and assignments shall be reasonably equivalent to, but not necessarily identical to, the tests and assignments that the student missed during the absence.  California Education Code 48205.

     

    For the above excused absences that are cleared before the 2 day allotted time,  each teacher will determine the time allowed for completion of makeup work, but not less than the amount of time equal to that missed. Students with a significant number of absences may accumulate missing work in an amount which would warrant no credit or a failing grade in the course.

     


    Notifying School of Absence 

    The day a student is absent; the parent/guardian is to phone the Attendance Office: 562-799-4796 (A- K last names) 562-799-4797 (L-Z last names) and provide the following information:

    ·         Date of the absence

    ·         Student’s first and last name

    ·         Parent/guardian name and relationship to student

    ·         Reason for absence

     


    Absences must be cleared by a school-verified parent/guardian phone call or written note. Although parent phone calls are preferable, notes written to excuse a student’s absence must be written and signed by a parent/guardian whose signature appears on the Attendance Signature Card. Any absence that is not cleared by a parent’s/guardian’s phone call or written note by the end of the 2nd business day after the absence will be recorded as truant. Parents/guardians who will be out of town for an extended period of time need to contact the Attendance Office.

     

    Unexcused Absences and Grades

    Examples of unexcused absences include, but are not limited to:

    ·         Car trouble

    ·         Oversleeping

    ·         Missing metro transportation /carpool

    ·         Traffic

    ·         Loss of electrical power

    ·         Family vacation

     

    Note: Even when a parent/guardian reports a student absence to the Attendance Office, if the reason given for the absence does not meet the criteria outlined by the State of California Education Code in the excused absence section, the absence will be coded as parent verified unexcused (U Code), but will not be excused. Teachers are not required to provide make-up work for the following:

    ·         Truant absences

    ·         Verified unexcused absences

    ·         Unverified absences

    ·         Health absences without verification,

    ·         Absences that are not cleared prior to the allotted period of 2 school days

     

    A student who has five unexcused absences in any one school year may be considered a habitual truant and may be referred to the SART team, followed by a meeting with the Orange County District Attorney and a referral to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB).

     
    SART (School Attendance Review Team)

    Any student deemed a habitual truant, (having been reported as a truant three or more times per school year) may be required to attend a SART meeting with parents.  This team will analyze the student’s issues and offer suggestions for help. The aim of the SART team’s message is to emphasize the parents’/guardians’ obligation to compel their student’s regular and prompt attendance at school.  If the referral to a SART does not produce satisfactory school attendance, a referral is then forwarded to the SARB.

     

    SARB (School Attendance Review Board)

    SARBs are composed of parents, representatives from various youth-serving agencies, school district representatives, and the community. They include representatives from law enforcement; welfare, probation, and mental health agencies; and the district attorney’s office.  When students or parents/guardians continually and willfully fail to respond to SART directives related to school attendance, the SARB ensures that the compulsory education laws are followed.  SARB members direct truant or reluctant students and parents/guardians to use available school and community resources.  It is mandated to refer students and their parents or guardians to the court system when SARB directives are not followed - California Education Code Section 48290.
     
     
    Truancies Consequence Schedule

    Number of Truancies

    Consequences & Actions Taken

    1 - 2

    Attendance Office issues Saturday School for each truancy

    3

    1. Attendance Office issues Saturday School

    2. Attendance Office notifies parents/ (via telephone and mailed letter)

    3. SART Meeting Scheduled & SART Contract Made

    4

    1. Attendance Office issues Saturday School

    2. Attendance administration initiates SARB Referral

    5

    1. Attendance Office issues Saturday School

    2. SART Contract reviewed with student and parent/guardian

    3. SARB Referral process continued with District Attorney Meeting

     

    *Activities/privileges restriction

    Students are placed on the Loss of Activities List and are restricted from the following: Parking Passes, Off-Campus Lunch Pass, Campus Dances, Winter Formal, Prom, any contest, nomination, or Graduation Activity.

    6+

    1. Attendance Office issues Saturday School for each truancy

    2. SARB process continued through SARB hearing

      
     
    Tardy Consequence Schedule

    Number of Tardies

    Consequences & Actions Taken

    1 - 2

    1. Student is warned by teacher

    2. Teacher issues detention for each tardy

    3

    1. Parents notified by teacher via email or phone call

    2. Teacher issues detention for each tardy

    4*

    1. Teacher issues detention for each tardy

    2. Attendance Office issues Saturday School

    5-7

    1. Teacher issues detention for each tardy

    2. Attendance Office conferences with student and notifies   

        parent/guardian of excessive tardies (via telephone and mailed letter)

    8

    1. Teacher issues detention for each tardy

    2. Attendance administration holds SART conference with student and

         parent/guardian

    3. SART contract signed by student

    4. Attendance Office issues Saturday School for 8th tardy

    9-12

    1. Teacher issues detention for each tardy

    2. Attendance Office issues Saturday School

    3. SART Contract reviewed with student and parent/guardian

    4. SARB referral made after review of SART Contract

     

    Activities/privileges restriction

    Students are placed on the Loss of Activities List and are restricted from the following: Parking Passes, Off-Campus Lunch Pass, Campus Dances, Winter Formal, Prom, any contest, nomination, or Graduation Activities.

    *  4 Tardies equal 1 Saturday School 
     
    Attendance Policy Activities Restriction List

     

    Examples of Saturday School Assignments and Steps to Clear Saturday Schools

     

     

     

    CONSEQUENCE

     

     

    HOW TO CLEAR

    A student who earns a 4-hour Saturday School or

    4 discipline hours can clear the Saturday Schools

     or hours the following ways:

     

     

    1 day of assigned Saturday School

    or

    2 days of Campus Beautification

    or

    8 Central Lunch Detentions in Room 304

     or

    2 consecutive weeks of perfect attendance (no absences or tardies) clears 1 Saturday school.
     
    After 2 weeks, each additional successive week of perfect attendance clears 1 Saturday School

     

     

    A student who earns two 4-hour Saturday School

     or 8 discipline hours can clear the Saturday Schools

     or hours  the following ways:

     

     

    2 days of assigned Saturday School

    or

    4 days of Campus Beautification

    or

    16 Central Lunch Detentions

    or
    4 consecutive weeks of perfect attendance (no absences or tardies) clears 2 Saturday schools.
     
    After 4 weeks, each additional successive week of perfect attendance clears 1 Saturday School

     

    Students are placed on the Loss of Activities List until

    Saturday School hours are reduced to 4 hours

     

    5 Saturday Schools or an accumulation of 20 hours of detention within any one semester

     

    Automatic lost of all activities for the semester with an intervention attendance contract to be decided with the Assistant Principal of Attendance. 

    PLEASE KEEP IN MIND:  Students with multiple truancies and tardies who do not attend assigned Saturday School will remain on the Loss of Activities List.  All students must clear all Saturday Schools resulting from tardies and truancies by attending Saturday School, participating in Campus Beautification, or attending Central Detentions in Room 404 in order to participate in senior activities including but not limited to: Parking Passes, Off-Campus Lunch Pass, Campus Dances, Winter Formal, Prom, any contest, nomination, or Graduation Activities.   

     Saturday School hours do not reset at the start of the year or at the beginning of second semester.  Saturday School hours accumulate and carry over from semester to semester and year to year.

    At the discretion of the Administrator, students who violate any school policy that results in an out-of-school suspension are subject to a loss of all activities including participation in graduation activities and graduation ceremony.

     
    PERFECT ATTENDANCE

    Perfect Attendance is given in a student’s senior year for attending school everyday, every period, for all four years.  There is also an award given to any senior who has attended everyday, every period, for their senior year only.

     
    Update 9/2016