The law mandates regular daily attendance for all children less than 18 years of age. Any child entering school after the regular start time of 8:00 am is considered tardy. If your student is tardy to school he or she must first go to the front office for a tardy slip.
If your child is absent the law also requires a written note or phone call stating why they were absent. Please send a note or call the front office when student returns to school.
We want to remind you that these issues are not just school policy but state law and failure to comply can result in referral to the appropriate District and State agencies.
To clear and absence or if you have any questions please contact Suzan Jackson (Attendance Clerk) or Mrs. Ferguson (School Principal) to 209-874-1080
SCHOOL HOURS & ATTENDANCE POLICIES
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday
Warning Bell 7:55 a.m.
4th – 6th Grade 8:00 a.m. – 2:47 p.m.
Wednesday (Minimum Day)
4th – 6th Grade 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
**The day before Thanksgiving break, Winter break, Spring break, and the last day of school will be a minimum day.
Supervision for students begins at 7:30 a.m. each morning. Adults may not leave children at school before 7:30 a.m. Students may not arrive before 7:30 a.m.
- Students must use the crosswalks in the street and the parking lot at all times.
- Students are to walk their bikes while on campus. Bikes are kept in a special area and must have locks. The school assumes no responsibility for bicycles or bicycle equipment.
- Skateboards and scooters must be carried while on campus. They may be stored in the classroom.
- Upon arrival to school, students are to go immediately to the cafeteria.
- Students are not to walk along the canal at any time.
- Students who arrive after the bell must report to the office before going to class. The office will issue a tardy pass.
- After school, students are to line up by their bus and wait until the driver invites them onto the bus. No students are to be on a bus without the driver.
- Students walking home are to use the designated walkways and crosswalks.
- Students waiting for a ride home are to wait with the parking lot supervisors in the designated location. Parking lot supervisors will assist students as they get into cars.
- Any student who has not been picked up after school may use the office phone if they have been escorted to the office by a parking lot supervisor.
Regular attendance is one of the most important requirements for success in school. The lessons are carefully paced, and build sequentially upon one another. If a student is absent, they will have to work twice as hard to catch up in every subject area missed. For young children, that can be discouraging and lead to poor grades.
According to California State Law, students are required to attend school every day. The following exceptions are legal reasons for students to miss school:
- Personal illness
- Medical necessity
- Funeral service for a member of the immediate family
- Court subpoena
- Family emergency (for which there is no control)
- Religious consent
If your child must be absent for any of the above reasons, you should call the school as soon as possible.
Excessive absences: We understand that sometimes there are extreme circumstances that cause students to miss school. It is our desire to assist you and your child in achieving regular attendance to prevent the loss of valuable instruction, and to ensure your child’s success in school.
- Three (3) unexcused tardies or absences will be considered truancy,
(Section 48260 of the California State Education Code).
- Truant students will be referred to the School Attendance Review Team (SART).
- If that team is unable to resolve the cause of student absences, the family will be referred to the Stanislaus Sheriff Department’s School Attendance Review Board (SARB). The Sheriff and the Board will determine the appropriate interventions to improve school attendance.
INDEPENDENT STUDY CONTRACTS
Students who must be absent from school for more than 5 days and no more then 10 days (state law) may request an Independent Study Contract. The objective of Independent Study is to provide a voluntary, short term, educational alternative for students who are unable to attend school. A request for an Independent Study Contract must be submitted to the office at least 5 days prior to the student’s absence. Parents are responsible for the supervision of their children while they are completing the assigned work. Submission of all completed assignments is necessary for students to earn credit towards their report card. Parents are liable for the cost of replacement or repair for willfully damaged or destroyed books and other school property checked out to enable students to complete the Independent Study.