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attendance policy

Regular school attendance is vital to successful academic growth. The interaction of students with each other in the classroom and participation in class are irreplaceable components of the learning process. Student absences, whether excused or not, disrupt the continuity of the learning process.


All students are expected to maintain “satisfactory attendance.” Only students with satisfactory attendance may: (1) maintain a senior off-campus lunch pass; (2) attend the Homecoming Dance and Prom; (3) attend Grad Nite @ Disneyland; (4) Obtain and maintain a Work Permit (AR 5113.2); and (5) renew an opportunity permit. Culver City High School defines as “unsatisfactory attendance” more than seven (7) tardies to any one class in a semester and/or absence for more than any 30-minute period during the school day without a valid excuse on three or more days in one school year (EC 48260). The major responsibility for attendance lies with the student and his or her parent/guardian.


THE STUDENT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR OBTAINING A READMIT from the Attendance Office before going to class.

Readmits will be issued before first period (from 7:30 to 8:00 a.m.), at lunch, and after school.

On the day of the absence, the parent or guardian should phone the school before 10 a.m. to report the absence. The school phone number is (310) 842-4200, and the Attendance Office extension numbers are 3344 (A-K) and 3345 (L-Z). Phone and written notes must include the student’s name, dates and/or times of absences, and specific reason for the absence. The school must be notified each day of an extended absence. Parents/guardians are strongly encouraged but not required to confirm an excused absence in writing. Absence notes must be signed by a parent/guardian. (A written note does not automatically mean an excused absence.) 

Attendance is reported every period to the Attendance Office. Parents will be notified of absences by automated phone messages and computer generated letters.

All absences will be considered unexcused unless cleared through the Attendance Office. Absences not cleared within five (5) days and any unexcused absence will be marked as a truant. The absence cannot be re-classified after the five (5) day period and will remain TRUANT.


Late Arrival/Pass Policy - students with a legitimate reason for arriving late (illness, medical appointment, religious or funeral attendance) must obtain a re-admit from the Attendance Office for clearance. Students who arrive late without a legitimate excuse will be marked Tardy or Truant. Notes from parents/guardians given directly to teachers to excuse tardiness will not be accepted. All students must report to class on time. Please be advised that notes, phone calls or visits form parents/ guardians to excuse tardies will not be accepted. Only a verified medical excuse (doctor’s note) will be accepted. Medical notes for being late to school must be submitted to the Attendance Office at the time of arrival to campus (within the first 30 minutes of class). They may not be cleared afterward.


Absence from class: A student is absent when s/he is more than 30 minutes tardy or is not present during a scheduled class period.


Pass required to leave campus during the school day

Students who need to leave during the school day for a medical appointment, etc., should submit a note from a parent before school to the attendance office. A “Permit to leave Campus” will be issued. The student is to show it to the teacher at the appointed time, leave class, and check-out at the Attendance Office. Parent(s) are to pick students up at the Attendance Office. The permit must be signed (by a doctor/dentist for a medical excuse or parent for an emergency) and returned to the Attendance Office upon returning to campus later in the day or the next morning. A re-admit will be issued if a student is taken ill during the school day, he or she should obtain a pass to the nurse’s office from the teacher or school official. (A student should not call a parent first and ask to be picked up anywhere on campus other than the Attendance Office.) If the student is too ill to remain at school, the nurse will call and inform a parent so that arrangements may be made for the student to go home. The nurse will issue a “Health Office Excuse.” If the student is absent the next day, student should bring a parent note along with the “Health Office Excuse” issued.


Students who leave campus without a pass from the Attendance Office or Nurse’s Office will be considered truant. Telephone calls or notes to the Attendance Office after the student leaves campus without permission cannot clear the truancy.


Attendance Requirement: California state law requires all students to attend school until the age of eighteen or until graduation. The school’s Attendance Policy is consistently followed and uniformly enforced.


Excused Absences: Absences are excused for attendance accounting purposes for the following reasons only.

(Education Codes 46010 and 46014 and CCUSD Board Policy AR 5113):

Personal illness (Education Code 48205)

Quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer (Education Code 48205)

Medical, dental, optometrical, or chiropractic appointments (Education Code 48205)

Attendance at funeral services for a member of the immediate family (Education Code 48205)

Excused absence in this instance shall be limited to one day if the service is conducted in California or three days if the service is conducted out of state. (Education Code 48205)

"Immediate family" shall be defined as mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, spouse, son/son-in-law, daughter/ daughter-in-law, brother, sister or any relative living in the student's immediate household. (Education Code 45194, 48205)

Jury duty in the manner provided by law. (Education Code 48205)

The illness or medical appointment during school hours of a child to whom the student is the custodial parent (Education Code 48205)

Upon advance written request by the parent/guardian and the approval of the Assistant Principal, Attendance, justifiable personal reasons including but not limited to: (Education Code 48205)

Appearance in court

Attendance at a funeral service

Observation of a holiday or ceremony of his/her religion

Attendance at religious retreats not to exceed four hours per semester

Attendance at an employment conference

Service as a member of a precinct board for an election pursuant to Elections Code 12302 (Education Code 48205)

Participation in religious instruction or exercises in accordance with district policy: (Education Code 46014)

In such instances, the student shall attend at least the minimum school day

The student shall be excused for this purpose on no more than four days per school month.


Legal reasons for excused absences are limited to those listed above. All other reasons are “unexcused” under the State of California Education Code.


Unexcused reasons for being absent from school are considered truancies (Attendance code “U”) if the student voluntarily does the following. Absences for these reasons are “unexcused’ (Attendance Code “R”) if the parent or guardian requires student to do the following:

Personal reasons not classified as excused by California Education Code and CCUSD Board Policy (#7 above).

College visits.

Family vacation, going to the beach, lake, river, mountains or desert.

Getting ready for a date.

Babysitting, taking care of other family members.

Repairing car or household items.

Waiting for service or repair people.

Attending a sporting event other than a school sponsored event in which the student is a participant.

Other reasons not included in Education Code sections 46010 and 42805.


Unexcused Tardies for students include:

Alarm did not ring/slept late.

Car problems/flat tires/no gas.


Truancy: is defined as an unexcused absence from class, absence from class without school and/or parent/guardian knowledge or permission. Leaving class without permission before the class is officially over.


CCMC 13.03.101 states that all minors subject to compulsory education shall be enrolled and attending school during school hours. Students in violation of this ordinance shall receive a citation from the police department.


According to Education Code Section 48260, a pupil who is absent from school without a valid excuse for three days in one school year or is tardy or absent for more than any 30 minute period during the school day without a valid excuse on three occasions in one school year, or any combination thereof, is a truant and shall be reported.

After the fourteenth (14) absence for illness, even if non-consecutive, the student must bring in a doctor’s note excusing the absence. When a student has had 14 absences in the school year for illness, any further absences for illness must be verified by a physician AR 5113 (c).


TARDY POLICY

The staff of Culver City High School encourages each student to strive for academic excellence. Teachers are committed to providing quality lessons, which are challenging, rewarding and interesting for students. It is the students’ responsibility to take advantage of the learning opportunities that are offered each class period. All students are expected to be punctual and prepared for each class daily. A student is tardy if he/she is not in his/her correct seat and prepared to begin class at the ringing of the tardy bell.



CLASSROOM TEACHER PROGRESSIVE TARDY POLICY

All students are required to be in their seat and prepared to work (materials, pen, pencil, paper, etc.) when the tardy bell rings.

1st tardy in each class

The student is given a first warning.

Tardy documented on teacher’s record.

2nd tardy in each class

The student is given a second warning.

Tardy documented on teacher’s record.

3rd tardy in each class and every tardy thereafter

The student will serve a teacher assigned after school detention within three (3) days.

Students who do not serve teacher assigned detentions will be assigned Saturday School.

Tardy documented on teacher’s record.

Absences and athletics will not excuse a student from serving detention.

5th tardy: Teacher assigns Saturday School. Parent called.

7th tardy: Teacher notifies parent by phone and/or letter.

9th tardy: Parent contacted by Attendance Administration.

10th tardy: Student and parent may be referred to School Site Attendance Review Team.


Please be advised that notes, phone calls or visits from parents/guardians to excuse tardies will not be accepted. Only a verified medical excuse (doctor’s note) will be accepted.



TARDY SWEEPS

Students are to arrive to each class on time each and every period. Tardy sweeps are designed to identify students who are chronically tardy to class/school while encouraging promptness. Consequences for students caught in tardy sweeps: One hour detention; two hours detention if student does not present student identification. Students out of lass more than ten (10) minutes may be directed, by the administration, to a Study Hall for the period.



HALL PASS POLICY

Students may not be out of class without a hall pass. All students should take care of personal needs during lunch and passing periods. Passes should not be issued during the first or last 10 minutes of class/period. Students truant from class (i.e., absent more than 30 minutes) or out of class without a hall pass may be assigned to Saturday School. Students going to their locker during class may receive one (1) hour of detention.