School Attendance



Success in school and regular attendance go hand in hand.  By law, children must attend school until age 18 or graduation from high school.  Classes begin on time and students are expected to be in their assigned seats when the tardy bell rings. 



Remember:  If your child needs to leave school for any reason, he/she must get an off campus pass and must be picked up by someone listed on the emergency card. Students must come to the Attendance Office after any absence to get a re-admit slip.  Parents/Guardians must notify the Attendance Office anytime a child is late or absent.  Please do so while the student is absent or immediately after the absence.  You may call 406-7354 (day or night) or write and sign a note to send with your child explaining the reason for the absence.  In either case, please provide the following:

  • Your child’s first and last name
  • Your first and last name and your relationship to the child
  • The date(s) of the absence(s) and time (if partial day or late)
  • The reason for the absence(s) - please explain if ill (i.e. stomach ache, headache, etc.)


School attendance state laws require accurate accounting of student attendance.  Notes written by the child and signed by the parent are not acceptable.  Students who are absent for more than three consecutive days must bring a doctor’s note.  If the school is not contacted within three days of an absence, the absence will be considered truancy, and detention will be assigned. 


Excused Absences – Examples

Education Code 46010 and 48205

Unexcused Absences - Examples

Truant – Examples

Personal illness


Absent without parent permission

Personal medical, dental, optometric appointment

Out of town

Came to school and left without school and parent’s permission (cutting school)

Funeral service of immediate family member (limit one day in state, three days out of state)

Personal or family business


Personal court appearance

Transportation problems




Students:  If you arrive to school more than ten minutes after the tardy bell rings (either zero period or first period), report to the Attendance Office for a re-admit slip.  You will need a note written and signed by a parent/guardian explaining the reason you are late.  The parent/guardian may also call the school at 406-7354 explaining the reason for being late.  If you are tardy and do not have a note/call clearing your tardiness, you will be considered truant and receive detention. If you are tardy in the morning (less than ten minutes late) or tardy for any of your classes (not in your seat when the bell rings), your teachers may assign consequences.  Periodically there will be tardy sweeps and if you are late that period, you will receive Thursday detention.


TRUANCY (absent from school without permission)

If a student has four or more truancies, a conference or a home visit from the school resource officer or a Lee/WJUSD staff member may occur.  Any absence that is not cleared with a note or a phone call will be truancy.  Truancy may result in Thursday detention. School support services will be offered if needed.  Students may also be referred to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB) - a cooperative group from the district, law enforcement, probation, social services, Child Protective Services (CPS), and the District Attorney’s Office.