Attendance Office

ATTENDANCE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

In order to benefit fully from the Pleasant Grove High School academic and extracurricular program and make progress toward graduation, students must attend school regularly. Regular attendance and punctuality are critical to school success. Irregular attendance negatively affects class progress and grades. Parents/guardians are encouraged to work with Pleasant Grove High School in supporting students’ regular and timely attendance.

Parents/guardians may call the school’s attendance office at (916) 686-0230 during school hours to check on their child’s tardy and absence record.

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS

State law requires that all minors attend school full time. Students are expected to attend school regularly. Academic success and achievement begin with a commitment to being punctual and prepared for the rigors of school. Maintaining this high standard will positively affect a student’s progress as well as reinforce a strong work ethic for the future. Parents/guardians have the ability to monitor their student’s attendance via ParentVue. Attendance is taken each period and is noted in the teacher’s roll book and in the master attendance system.

Excused versus unexcused absences are defined as follows:
A. Excused: Absences
“Excused” absences are defined in California Education Code (EC 48205) as an absence that is:
i. Due to his or her illness.
ii. Due to quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer.
iii. For the purpose or having medical, dental, optometric, or chiropractic services rendered.
iv. For the purpose of attending the funeral services of a member of his or her immediate family, so long as the absence is not more than one day if the service is conducted in California and not more than three days if the service is conducted outside California.
v. For the purpose of jury duty in the manner provided for by law.
vi. Due to the illness or medical appointment during school hours of a child of whom the pupil is the custodial parent.
vii. Due to an appearance in court, attendance at a funeral service, observance of a holiday or ceremony of his or her religion, attendance at religious retreats, or attendance at an employment conference (when the pupil’s absence has been requested in writing by the parent or guardian and approved by the principal or designee)
viii. For the purpose or serving as a member of a precinct board for an election pursuant to Section xi. 12302 of the Elections Code.
ix. Due to an approved school field trip for which the student had previously acquired permission from each of their teachers to attend the event. 

Note: When a student has had 14 absences in the school year for illness, any further absences for illness must be verified by a physician in order to be designated as “Excused” in the official record of attendance (AR 5113b). 

B. Unexcused Absences:
Any absence that is not excused based on the guidelines noted in the previous section shall be considered “unexcused” and may result in disciplinary action.
i. An absence due to suspension is an example of an “unexcused” absence.
ii. Truancy, flat tires, running out of gas, missing the bus, oversleeping, vacations, are also examples of “unexcused” absences, even if they are verified by the parent, and may result in a disciplinary consequence.

ATTENDANCE QUESTIONS OFTEN ASKED

What do I do if I need to leave school early?
You have one of two options f you need to leave school early for any reason:
1. Have your parent write a note and bring it to the attendance office first thing when you arrive to school. The note should include your name, student ID number, the reason for the dismissal, parent signature, and a telephone number where they can be reached; or
2. Your parent can call 916-686-0230 ext. 1 as early as possible to request a leave of grounds (LOG). If you are leaving during a class period, you will be given an astro bright orange pass giving you - permission to leave during the middle of class. When you get to the attendance office window, you will sign out and receive your LOG stamped with the date and time. This LOG gives you permission to leave school grounds. Leaving campus without obtaining a LOG and signing out in the attendance office may result in disciplinary consequences even if the absence is due for legitimate reasons. 

What if I’m coming back after leaving campus?
 When you return, make sure to stop in the attendance office first so you can sign back in. You’ll also have your LOG stamped so you can use it as a pass to class. If you are planning to return but decide not to do so, make sure your parent calls the attendance office, so your absence(s) can be cleared.

How many days do I have to clear an absence?
Parents have 7 days to clear an absence either by telephone or by note.

What if I have an early appointment and come to school late?
If you are coming to school late because of an appointment, please bring in a note from your doctor’s office to the attendance office so that we can adjust your attendance. If you are going to be late for any other reason, bring in a note from your parent or have them call the attendance office to report your tardy

Notes:
1. Students identified as having an excessive number of early dismissals will be required to clear future requests with the vice principal. A medical verification may also be required if deemed necessary by administration.

2. If a student leaves campus without an approved Leave of Grounds (LOG), the absence will be considered Truant and cannot be cleared at a future date. Additionally, the student is subject to disciplinary consequences for leaving campus without permission. 
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