Regular school attendance in all classes is a critical factor in achieving academic success and is also an important component of responsibility with respect to post high school endeavors- be it college or the workplace. The value of the daily class interaction between teachers and their students cannot be duplicated or substituted in any way. Each absence limits student potential to master the subject and be successful in the class. To increase total attendance and limit excessive absences, unexcused absences, truancy, and tardies, the following policies are in effect (BP 5113 a):
Pursuant to California Education Code, it is the duty of each parent, guardian, or person having control or custody of a minor, to compel and guarantee regular and prompt attendance to class. Absences from school should be avoided except in the cases of emergency and illness. Each absence must be verified by the parent/guardian on the day of the absence or no later than 48 school hours after the absence. Such an excuse must be dated and state the exact days and/or periods the student was absence as well as the reason for the absence. Students should report to the attendance office prior to school on the day they return to school. Parents may call the attendance office in lieu of delivering a note.
In accordance with California Education Code the following are the only excused absences:
All other reasons for an absence are considered unexcused even if verified by a parent/guardian. A student is allowed three unexcused absences prior to being considering truant. Any unexcused absences after three are considered truancies and the school with initiate the Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) process.
Student attendance records are available on the AERIES Parent Portal, and the auto dialer will call home each day there is a period or all day absence. Attendance data will appear on student report cards.
Attendance and Grades
Teachers at Paso Robles High School may reduce a student’s grade as a result of excessive unexcused absences/tardies excluding;
If a student misses class without an excuse and does not subsequently turn in homework, take a test, or fulfill another class requirement that he/she missed, the teacher may lower the student’s grade for nonperformance. Students with excessive unexcused absences may be given a failing grade and not receive credit for the class. Unexcused absences include:
If the teacher exercises this option the following will be observed (Board Policy 5121 (A)):
Absences from school without prior knowledge and consent of the parents/guardian, leaving school prior to the end of the day without permission, failure to attend class or detention or dropping a class before a change of schedule is approved will be considered truancies. Attendance will contact parents by telephone or letter when a student is absent from class.
Teachers are required to provide students the opportunity to make up assignments and tests they missed when they are absent from school. Teachers are NOT required to give the same assignment or test as was given on the day of the absence. Teachers are NOT required to accept work that was due on the day of an absence, BUT must provide an alternative assignment if original work is denied. Phone requests for work may only be made after a student has been absent THREE days. A minimum of 24 hours is necessary to obtain missed work from the student’s teachers.
Students are expected to be in their classroom with appropriate materials for class when the bell rings or they will be considered tardy. The first minute in class is a critical time for students to focus on the learning objective (FOLO); being late to class prevents students from completing the FOLO assignments and is disruptive to the instruction process. Three unexcused tardies are equal to an unexcused absence. Students tardy to any period have an opportunity to clear the tardy the same day or following day by signing in and attending a 10-minute lunch detention. Attendance will clear the tardy. Nine tardies or more may require Saturday School attendance. After 3 or more uncleared tardies, failure to attend lunch detention or Saturday School may result in class suspension.
SARB (Student Attendance Review Board) – The purpose of the SARB is to work collaboratively to diagnose problems and recommend alternative solutions to alleviate circumstances that contribute to specific truancy, attendance, or behavior problems. The district SARB board is made up of representatives from the school district, law enforcement, social service, probation, mental health, and the district attorney’s office. The Counseling Office will make student referrals to SARB with input from teachers, interventionists, the School Resource Officer and other staff members. Only students under the age of 18 may be referred to SARB. Failure to correct truancy following a SARB hearing may result in a referral to the District Attorney’s Office.
Students that receive nine tardies or three or more period truancies may be referred to Saturday School. Saturday School is from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm on selected Saturdays. Students assigned to Saturday School will arrive at the flag pole located in front of the Library prior to 8:00 a.m. Failure to attend Saturday School will result in after school or In-School Suspension. Students may voluntarily attend Saturday School with parent permission to clear an absence, make-up assignments, and/or receive additional academic support.
In the event that a student is marked absent in error, the student must inquire with the teacher that marked them absent. This matter must be verified and cleared by the teacher. The teacher must be the one to correct the error, not the parent or the attendance clerk.