A student arriving after the tardy bell at 8:00 A.M., is expected to go through the office for a late pass, then to class, and will owe a full 45 minutes (one class period) of make-up time after school. Students arriving after 1st period will be marked truant and owe 45 minutes per period. This make-up time must be served before Friday of the same week, in order for the student to be eligible to buy-out on that Friday. If the make-up time for this tardy or period cuts are not served, this will count as one absence on the attendance agreement.
Late arriving students:
a) Must go through the office for a late pass to class.
b) Must go to class upon receiving a late pass.
c) Must not loiter outside campus waiting for the next class period to begin.
Truancy Policy and Procedures
1. Education Code 48260 -- Any pupil subject to compulsory full-time education or to compulsory continuation education who is absent from school without valid excuse three full (3) days in one school year or tardy or absent for more than any 30-minute period during the school day without a valid excuse on three (3) occasions in one school year, or any combination thereof, is a truant and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor or to the Superintendent of the school district.
2. Education Code 48261 -- Any pupil who has once been reported as a truant and who is again absent from school without valid excuse one or more days, or tardy on one (1) or more days, shall again be reported as a truant to the attendance supervisor or the Superintendent of the district.
3. Education Code 48252 -- Any pupil is deemed an habitual truant who has been reported as a truant three (3) or more times per school year, provided that no pupil shall be deemed an habitual truant unless an appropriated district officer or employee has made a conscientious effort to hold at least one conference with a parent/guardian of the pupil and the pupil himself, after the filing of either of the reports required by Section 48260 or Section 48261.
4. Education Code 48263 -- If any minor pupil in any district of a county is an habitual truant, or is irregular in attendance, as defined in this article, or is referred to a school attendance review board, the supervisor of attendance, or such other persons as the governing board of the school district or county may designate, making such referral shall notify the minor and parents/guardians of the minor, in writing, of the name and address of the board to which the matter has been referred and of the reason for such referral. The notice shall indicate that the pupil and parents/guardians of the pupil will required, along with the referring person, to meet with the school attendance review board to consider a proper disposition of the referral.
1st STEP Advisor - When a student accumulates three (3) or more unexcused absences, cuts, or tardies, an advisor/student conference will be held to discuss his/her truancy. The school will also notify the parent or guardian that the student has been declared a truant.
2nd STEP Principal - After a student has once been reported as a truant and then accumulates a minimum of two (2) additional unexcused absences, a parent/student conference will be held by the principal and the student's advisor to discuss his/her lack of attendance in school. The school will again notify the parent or guardian that the student has been reported as truant.
3rd STEP Child Welfare & Attendance Officer - A student will be classified as an habitual truant who has accumulated a minimum of six (6) unexcused absences and has been reported as a truant three or more times per school year. Upon being declared an habitual truant, a parent/student conference will be held with the District Child Welfare and Attendance Officer.
4th STEP SARB Hearing - If the student continues to accumulate unexcused absences after meeting with the District Child Welfare and Attendance Officer, then he/she will be referred to the District Attendance Review Board (SARB) for appropriate action.
5th STEP District Attorney Hearing - If the student or the student's parent or guardian fail to follow the directives of the Attendance Board (SARB), then the district may refer the case to the District Attorney for appropriate legal action.