The administration and staff of the Perris Union High School District, believe that if a student is absent from class, the educational experience lost during the absence is irretrievable as the interaction in the classroom setting can seldom be duplicated through make-up work.

The maximum number of allowable absences for students is based on 12 days per semester. The maximum number of absences per semester shall be twelve (12) unexcused days. Students absent for more than the allowable number of absences in a semester may receive no grade and loss of credit for that class. Such students may remain in the class for enrichment purposes, or may be dropped from the class and/or be referred by the school’s Student Study Team for alternative placement.

Attendance Codes:

Excused: Absence from class for illness/funeral/death of any immediate family member, medical/dental appointments, court appointments, or school activities.

Unexcused: Absences that don’t qualify according to State Education Code Section 48200 (Students may not be allowed to make up missed school work).

Truant: Absences that are not cleared by parents (Student may not be allowed to make up missed school work).

NOTE: ANY absence that does not fall under the excused absence definition will be UNEXCUSED (even with a phone call from the parent).

Waiver Option: A student, who accumulates absences because of a legitimate medical reason, a special religious holy day, or a personal family tragedy, may be eligible for a waiver. A waiver request must be submitted in writing to the site administrator and the applicant must have appropriate documentation in support of the waiver. The administrator in charge of attendance will review a waiver request. A waiver request must be submitted within 20 days of the absence. A medical doctor must verify legitimate medical reasons.

Attendance Responsibilities (Education Code Section 48200): PARENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PUNCTUAL AND REGULAR ATTENDANCE OF THEIR CHILDREN. It is recommended that dental and medical appointments be made for non-school hours. Because of the need to interpret California School Attendance laws, the school determines whether the absence was excused or not. Excessive tardiness and/or unexcused absences may lead to loss of credits, removal from class, or referral to the Student Attendance Review Team (SART). If the problem persists, the student will be referred to the Student Attendance Review Board (SARB), and/or be placed in an alternative education program.

Verifying an absence: Parents must call the school at (951) 940-5447 ext. 33136 during normal business hours (8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) on the first day the student is absent.

Board Policy states that a student has 72 hours (three business days) in which to clear an absence in order to make up any missing assignments. Students arriving to school after 8:05 a.m. will be given an unverified absence. Any unverified absence not cleared in 72 hours (three business days) will automatically be recorded as a Truancy.

Clearing absences is the responsibility of the parent and student. Failure to clear absences in a timely manner could affect a student’s grades. Parent phone calls or notes for excused absences should include:

The first and last name of the student

The date of the absence

The reason for the absence

The parent’s name/signature

Class Work/Make-Up Policy: Students are expected to complete all work assigned in each class. When a student has an excused absence, he/she will be given one day for each day of absence to make up class work. Homework may be requested for absences of three (3) or more days. Please contact the Counseling Office. Please allow at least 24 hours for teachers to respond with information regarding your request. Some teachers may require make-up work upon a student’s return to school. Teachers are not required to provide homework or make-up activities to those students who have been suspended as the absences during a suspension are not excused absences.

Messages and deliveries for students: Messages for students will only be distributed between classes. Classroom interruptions jeopardize student learning. All messages must be a valid emergency.

Please note that items such as flowers, balloons, food (including cake), or gifts will not be accepted for delivery to students by the Heritage High staff.

Passes: It is the student’s responsibility to obtain a signed pass when he/she is out of class for any reason. Passes require student’s name, time, destination, date, and teacher’s signature. This includes all students, regardless of status or schedule. Unscheduled visits to classes will not be tolerated.

Permits to leave campus: Students leaving campus prior to the end of their regular school day must be signed out in person with the Attendance Office staff by a parent/guardian, or an emergency contact designee. The person signing out the student must have a picture I.D. Student drivers must present their driver’s license, along with a note from a parent/guardian indicating the time and reason the student is to be released. Parents are requested to notify the school first thing in the morning about their student leaving campus that day. Any students (including seniors), who leave the campus without being properly signed out, will be marked truant. This form of Unverified Absence must be cleared within 72 hours (three business days) or it will remain on the record as a Truancy. Attendance staff will not check a student out of school after 2:25 p.m.

Re-Admits: Students need re-admits to clear their absences. They may obtain these before school, during nutrition, and during lunch. The Attendance Office will not issue re-admits during class unless a parent accompanies the student. When clearing absences, please note that only a parent or guardian can clear an absence.

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PERRIS UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT TARDY AND TRUANCY POLICIES

TARDY POLICY (per Grading Period)

Tardy - Any student who arrives in classroom after the bell marking the beginning of the class period has rung is tardy.

Teachers are expected to inform students every time they mark them as tardy

1st Offense Student goes to class marked tardy (unexcused) 1st warning

2nd Offense Student goes to class marked tardy (unexcused) 2nd warning

3rd Offense Student goes to class marked tardy (unexcused)

· Any and all teachers call student’s parent for 3 tardies per class.

· Teacher may assign student their own in class consequence(s).

4th Offense Student to meet with Administrator

· Notify Counselor of student’s name.

· Student assigned Saturday School/After School Detention (appropriate Site based consequence).

· Student signs Saturday School letter as having received it (if assigned).

· Parent notified of Saturday School (or appropriate Site consequence).

5th, 6th, 7th Offenses Student goes to class marked tardy (unexcused)

· On 6th tardy per class any and all teachers call student’s parent.

· Teacher may assign student their own in class consequence(s).

8th Offense Student to meet with Administrator

· Student assigned Saturday School/After School Detention (appropriate Site based consequence).

· Student signs Saturday School letter as having received it (if assigned).

· Parent notified of Saturday School (or appropriate Site consequence).

· Referred to Counseling, by Administrator to discuss issues/put into place interventions.

9th, 10th, 11th Offenses Student goes to class marked tardy (unexcused)

· On 9th tardy per class any and all teachers call student’s parent.

· Teacher may assign student their own class consequence(s).

12th Offense Student to meet with Administrator

· Counselor meets with student and parent to develop Attendance/Behavior Contract with appropriate interventions.

· Student serves one (1) day On Campus Suspension (OCS).

· All Student Privileges are taken away for the remainder of the grading period (senior privileges, dances, club activities, etc.

Occasionally, Heritage High School conducts random unannounced tardy sweeps. Students caught in these sweeps are given Saturday School.

PERRIS UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT TARDY AND TRUANCY POLICIES (continued)

TRUANCY POLICY

Truancy - Any student who is absent from school, without valid excuse, more than three (3) days or tardy in excess of thirty (30) minutes on each of more than three (3) days in one (1) school year is a truant (EC 48260).

1st Offense Alert Now will contact home regarding absence

· If verified truant, then Saturday School assigned.

2nd Offense Alert Now contact home regarding absence

· If verified truant, then Saturday School assigned.

3rd Offense Alert Now message sent home

· Referral to counselor – direct contact made by the counselor to the parent. Appropriate intervention noted in the discipline file.

· Saturday School assigned.

· SART letter #1 generated.

4th Offense Alert Now message sent home

· Direct contact with parent made by administrator.

· Continued contact with the counselor (intervention continued).

· Document contacts and interventions in the discipline file.

· Saturday School assigned.

5th Offense Alert Now message sent home

· Mandatory meeting set up with administrator, counselor, parent, and student.

· All Student Privileges are taken away for the remainder of semester (senior privileges, dances, club activities, field trips, etc).

· Saturday School assigned.

· SART Attendance contract signed at the meeting.

· SART letter # 2 generated.

6th Offense Alert Now message sent home

· Direct parent contact by counselor again/intervention reviewed and documented for effectiveness – document in the discipline file.

· Parent/student warned of SARB referral to District Office.

· All day On Campus Suspension (OCS).

7th Offense Alert Now message sent home

· Direct Administrator contact with the parent regarding SARB/possible DA notification.

· SART #3 letter generated.

· All day On Campus Suspension (OCS).

8th Offense Alert Now message sent home

· Direct Administrator contact with the parent.

· Referral to SARB at the District Office level.

· Possible alternative placement, if appropriate or alternative education possibility through the SARB panel.

· All day On Campus Suspension (OCS).


Updated on by Slobodan Stevanovic