Absence from school is one of the greatest contributing factors to unsatisfactory schoolwork. Pupils are required by law and Education Code 48260 to attend school punctually and regularly: Any pupil subject to compulsory full-time education who is absent from school without valid excuse three days in one school year or tardy or absent for more than any 30-minute period during the school day without valid excuse on three occasions in one school year is considered truant and may be reported to the attendance supervisor or to the superintendent of the school district. It is the legal responsibility of parents or guardians to see that their school-aged children attend school every day for the entire day, unless they have a valid excuse.
Under the law, a child may be legally excused from attending school or for being tardy only for the following reasons:
- medical or dental appointment for the student only
- death in the family of an immediate family member
- religious observance.
All other absences are unexcused.
Regular attendance at school is important for every Beswick student for the following reasons:
- Students need to be in class to learn and develop social relationships with peers and adults.
- The teaching-learning process builds on lessons previously taught.
- Lessons often involve hands-on activities which cannot be duplicated with paper and pencil assignments outside of class.
- Students develop the habits of scholarly behavior including good attendance and punctuality for future careers when following timelines and schedules.
- School funding is dependent on scholar attendance.
Tardies: Prioritizing on time arrival to school is critical.
- Students who arrive even just 2-3 minutes late miss-out on the benefits of a calm and predictable start to their school day. Thank you for your support with ensuring on-time arrival.
- Scholars arriving late to school or leaving school early 30 minutes and/or more will be considered truant if there is not a medical reason (see excused absences). Students leaving school more than 30 minutes prior to dismissal time (if not a medical reason), qualifies as an unexcused tardy.
Excused Absence: Absence for causes listed in the State Educational Code are: illness, medical, dental, and optometry appointments. For any type of doctor’s appointment, please bring a doctor’s note. Students that have a morning or afternoon doctor appointment are required to come to school for the portion of the day that the child is not at the doctor’s office. (Example: Scholars that have morning appointments must come to school after the appointment, if well enough, and scholars having afternoon appointments, must come to school for the morning).
Unexcused Absence: Absences for any reason other than those listed above (includes family vacations, athletic events, extra-curricular events such as Brownies, Scouts, Indian Princess activities). Truancy that is intentional is a violation of state attendance laws. While advance notice to the school for these types of absences is appreciated and noted, they will, regardless of advanced notice, will trigger attendance violation letters after the third unexcused absence. The purpose of the letter is to keep parents informed of the State of California compulsory education law.
Please remember that consistent attendance (including being on time to school) is critically important to your child’s education. Please refrain from scheduling vacations while school is in session.
Emergency Trips: Students may be placed on an “Independent Study” when it is necessary for them to be away from school because of emergency trips. In order to meet your child’s educational needs, contact the school office at least five school days prior to absence for approval. This will allow for teachers to have the time to adequately prepare lessons for your child’s Independent Study. Independent Study is valid for not less than 5 consecutive school days at a time, and no more than 10 total days in a school year. Work is provided on the last day of attendance and due the day the child returns to school. Actual attendance credit is determined once completed work is received by the school. PLEASE NOTE: Independent Studies will not be authorized A) with less than 5 days notice to the school and B) the last two (2) weeks of the school year.
Reporting Absences: Parents/Guardians/Caregivers must send a note, email, or call the school office to report your child’s absence. The note should include the date(s) absence and reason for the scholar’s absence.
NOTE: Parents must report an absence within 3-5 days by reporting the child’s name, grade, reason for the absence and your relationship to the child, one of the following ways:
1. Send a written note, fax, or email to our school attendance clerk**
2. Communicate, in person or by telephone, to the main office
-Beswick Absence Line: (714) 730-7385 press 1 to leave a voice message
3. Fill out the Beswick Online Absence Report
**When a student has had 10 absences in a school year for illness verified by the methods above, any further absences for illness shall be verified by a physician.
Consequences for Truancy or Absence (per district and school policy): On the student’s first day back to school after an absence, the student must bring a signed written note from his/her parent/guardian which lists the date of absence and specific reason for the absence.
After 3 unexcused absences+ 1st Truancy letter will be sent home
After 6 unexcused absences+ 2nd Truancy letter will be sent home
Request for parent conference
After 9 unexcused absences+ 3rd Truancy letter will be sent home
Possible SARB referral
Scholars who have excessive absences/tardies may be referred to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB).
+Students arriving late to school or leaving school early 30 minutes and/or more will be considered truant if there is not an excused reason.
**Please contact our Attendance Clerk, Ms. Annette Martinez for more information at extension 62113 or email at email@example.com .
NOTIFICATION OF MOVE: Please let the office know ahead of time if you are planning to move out of Beswick. We can put together the papers you will need to enroll at your new school. All textbooks, workbooks, school devices, chargers, outstanding lunch balances and library books need to be turned in before leaving. Damaged or lost items will be repaired or replaced at the expense of the parent.