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Attendance

To Report an Absence:

You can report absences by e-mailing absence notification to ccobb@tustin.k12.ca.us or calling the front office at 714-730-7540.

Regardless of whether a student is in Distance Learning or in person, every minute counts during a school day and regular and punctual attendance in school is essential to a scholar’s success. 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.

Regular attendance at school is important for every scholar for the following reasons:

  • Scholars 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 easily replicated outside of class.

  • Scholars develop the habits of good attendance and punctuality for future careers.

  • School funding is dependent on scholar attendance.

The State of California has a compulsory education law.  This law states that scholars are required to attend school punctually and regularly.

  1. *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.* Scholars that have a morning or afternoon doctor appointment are required to come to school for the portion of the day that the scholar is not at the doctor’s office.  (Example:  Scholars that have morning appointments must come to school after the appointment, and scholars having afternoon appointments, must come to school for the morning).

  1. Unexcused Absence:  Absences for any reason other than those listed above (includes family vacations and athletic events).  Truancy that is intentional is a violation of state attendance laws. These absences, regardless of advanced notice, will trigger attendance violation letters after the third unexcused absence. The purpose of the letters is to keep parents informed of the State of California compulsory education law.

  2. Emergency Trips:  Scholars 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 days prior to absence for approval.  This will allow for teachers time to adequately prepare lessons for your child’s Independent Study. Independent Study is valid for not less than 5 consecutive school days at time. Work is provided 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.

  3. Reporting Absences: Parents must send a note, e-mail 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. 

*You can report absences by e-mailing absence notification to ccobb@tustin.k12.ca.us or calling the front office at 714-730-7540.

  1. Tardies: 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).   Scholars arriving late to school 30 minutes or more must be signed in by parent.  Students leaving school more than 30 minutes prior to dismissal time (if not a medical reason), qualifies as an unexcused tardy.

Consequences for Truancy or Absence:  On the scholar’s first day back to school after an absence, the scholar must bring a signed written note from his/her parent/guardian which lists the date of absence and specific reason for the absence.  In lieu of a written note, a parent/guardian may call the school office or e-mail the school secretary.

After 3 unexcused absences Truancy letter will be sent home.                                                   

After 6 unexcused absences 2nd Truancy letter will be sent home

And request for parent conference.

After 9 unexcused absences 3rd Truancy letter will be sent home. Possible SARB referral.

Scholars that have excessive absences and or tardies may be referred to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB).

Please remember that consistent attendance (including being on time to school) is critically important.  Please refrain from scheduling vacations while school is in session.