Each day a student is absent, please call the Absence Reporting Line at (408) 252-6290, ext. 6, or email firstname.lastname@example.org before 9:00 AM. Please use the following format when calling:
- l am calling for a (full/partial day) absence for my child/children. (Give first & last name of student)
- The correct spelling is: (please spell both first & last name)
- He/she is in grade: (6, 7, 8)
- The date(s) of the absence(s) is/are: ____
- The reason for the absence is: (illness, medical, injury, etc.)
- I am the student's: (parent/guardian)
- I can be reached at: (daytime phone number)
Parents will be notified when a student has missed one or more classes, or leaves campus without an acceptable excuse. All absences are classified as either excused or unexcused. Excused absences are only those related to illness, injury, funerals, court appearances by the student, or necessary visits to physicians, dentists, or optometrists. All other absences are legally defined as unexcused.
Students who are absent due to illness for three or more consecutive days, or eight or more cumulative days, must provide a doctor's note in order for the absences to be excused. Doctor's notes must be turned in to the office within five days of the absence to be marked as a verified illness.
When a student has had seven cumulative days of absence during the course of the school year for illness, or three consecutive days of absence due to illness, a physician must verify any further absence for illness. Home teaching is available during prolonged illness or convalescence. Students who are absent for more than ten consecutive days for any reason will be withdrawn from school. When the student returns, if space is available at Hyde, they will be reinstated. If no space is available, the student will be assigned to another school in the district.
HOMEWORK FOR ABSENTEES
Students are expected to make-up all work missed during an excused absence. Students absent for one or two days should check teachers’ websites for assignments and see their teachers when they return to school. Teachers are not obligated to accept make-up work from an unexcused absence. Students absent due to illness for more than two days may request homework through the school office on the third day of absence or later. Parents must call the office before 9:00am and the homework may be picked up between 3:00-4:00pm. Students who will be absent for five to ten days must contact the office for an Independent Study Contract. Parents and student must come into the office and sign the Independent Study Contract ten school days prior to leaving.
Students arriving late to school, for any reason, must report to the office for an Admit To Class slip. If a student arrives late due to a medical/dental appointment, a doctor’s note is required to be considered excused.
LEAVING SCHOOL DURING THE DAY
Parents checking their child out of school, for any reason, must report to the office; the student will be called out of class. Upon returning to school, students must report to the office and sign in to receive an Admit To Class slip. Students are not permitted to leave school grounds at any time during the school day without the permission of the school office. Students who fail to follow the proper procedure will be considered truant
TARDY – LATE THIRTY MINUTES OR MORE
Interruptions due to tardy arrivals represent a loss of valuable teaching and learning time. All tardies are considered unexcused unless accompanied by a note from the office or another teacher excusing the tardy. Consequences for tardies are as follows:
- 1 tardy: Student will receive a warning
- 2 or more tardies: Student may be assigned a school consequence
- 3 or more tardies: Student will be considered Truant (Education Code 48260) for the third tardy.
DELAY – LATE LESS THAN THIRTY MINUTES
An interruption due to a delay represents a loss of teaching and learning time. All delays are unexcused unless accompanied by a note from the office or another teacher and are accumulated each quarter. Consequences for delays are as follows:
- Detention for five or more delays.
- A U in citizenship on the report card in each class with four or more delays.
- Referral to the district office for more than ten delays.
Parents will be notified when a student has missed one or more classes or leaves campus without an acceptable excuse. When a student is declared truant, teachers are not obligated to assign make-up work, school consequences will be assigned, and extra-curricular activities may be suspended. Additional steps will be taken if the problem persists.
WITHDRAWAL – TRANSFERS FROM SCHOOL
Families are requested to notify the attendance secretary at least one week before an expected withdrawal. Students will follow their regular schedule on their final day and have each teacher sign a Transfer Out sheet. At the same time, students will return all schoolbooks. Final clearance must be made with the attendance secretary during sixth period. A forwarding address, with zip code, must be left with the office.
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
Students who have an unexcused absence on the first day of school in August will be dropped from the school roster (vacations are unexcused). If space is available at the school when the student returns, the student will be reinstated. If no space is available, the student will be assigned to another school in the district where space is available. If the student is ill, parents must notify the school of the absence and provide documentation from a doctor.
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
Attendance on the last day of school is not mandatory to maintain current placement for the next school year. If the student leaves before the grade completion date for the school year and has the intention of returning for the next school year, the student will stay on the active roster through the end of the school year. The First Day of School Attendance Policy will still be in place. If the student is ill, parents must notify the school of the absence and provide documentation from a doctor.
SCHOOL ATTENDANCE REVIEW BOARD (SARB)
Students who are excessively absent, delayed, tardy or truant may be referred to the School Attendance Review Board.