Importance of Attendance




August 14, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians:

The 2017-18 school year is beginning soon, and I want to welcome you as our partner in your student’s education. We value, appreciate, and seek out your involvement and collaboration for the success of your student.

We are asking all parents/guardians to help us ensure the regular, on-time attendance of their children at school. We monitor attendance closely because research has shown that regular attendance is vital for the success of students in school. California law states that absences are excused only if the child is ill or there is an excuse which meets the requirements of Education Code Section 48205. Even excused absences that cause your child to miss significant amounts of school can cause your child to fall behind in class.

Education Code Section 48260 defines a truant as a pupil who has missed more than 30 minutes on three days without valid excuse in one school year. Our goal is to have all students present in school every day and on time. Our district’s policy is that we may require verification of absences due to illness or quarantine, if your student has missed school for three consecutive days. Of course, if your child is ill we expect he or she will be kept home to rest and recuperate! Please be aware that going “out of town” when school is in session with your child is an unexcused absence.

I look forward to working with you in a meaningful partnership for your child. We will work very hard with you to ensure that your student receives the best education possible. We are depending on you, and we want to thank you for entrusting us with your student. To provide your student with an outstanding education, your student must maintain excellent attendance.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 925 939-1333.



Colleen Dowd