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Attendance Procedures

The Santa Barbara Unified School District has developed attendance policies and procedures in order to comply with California state law. Their goal is to make sure parents/guardians are aware of any absence, as excused or unexcused, an absence is missing valuable learning time.

Absence Verification:  Call 805-335-2929 each morning the student is absent in order to validate the reason for your child’s absence.  Please leave the following information (1) the first and last name of the student (2) the date (3) the reason for the absence (4) the expected length of the absence and (5) your relationship to the student (mother, father, guardian, etc.).  An absence must be verified within three school days (absences that are not verified within the time allowed will be considered unexcused absences. After the attendance month accounting cycle closes, unexcused absences due to non-verification cannot be overwritten or changed).

Excused Absences:  By law [EC § 48205], excused absences are: illness (fever 100° or more, [your child must be fever free for twenty four hours before returning to school], persistent runny nose with yellow-green mucous discharge, rashes [unless there is a note from your physician stating that your child is not contagious], vomiting [If your child is sent home vomiting he/she needs to be vomit free for twenty four hours before returning to school], diarrhea [If your child is sent home from school with diarrhea he/she needs to be diarrhea free for twenty four hours before returning to school], medical/dental appointments (doctor’s note required for verification), death in the family, specific religious reasons, required appearance in court, and exclusion from school for contagious disease.  When a student has had 14 absences in a school year for illness, any further absences for illness shall be verified by a physician. (AR 5113) Regardless of excused status, you will receive an attendance letter from the school upon your child’s 5th and then subsequently on the 10th absence.  This is because, excused or unexcused, your child is missing valuable learning time, and absences should be very limited.

Unexcused Absences:  By law [EC § 48260-48273], any pupil who is absent from school for 3 days or more without a valid excuse, or tardy in excess of 30 minutes or more is “truant”.  You will receive a letter from the school upon the 3rd and the consequently upon the 6th absence/truancy. The second letter (6th absence/truancy) indicates that you are required to attend an ASM (After School Meeting) with the Principal or Assistant Principal. Additional unexcused absences will result in a referral to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB) via the District Attorney’s Community Leadership in Achieving Student Success (CLASS) Program.

Tardies:  Students are expected to arrive at class, and in their seat, when the bell rings.  Going to the restroom or taking care of any personal business should be done before/after school, at lunch, and between classes. 

Homework Policy for Absences: Students are given the opportunity to make up schoolwork missed due to illness or a valid excused absence upon their return. As a general policy, for short-term illness (1-2 days), a student is allowed one day to complete make-up work for each day of excused absence from school.

Early Release of Students:  Photo ID is required for any adult picking up a student early from school.  Students shall be released during the school day only to the custody of an adult, with a photo ID if:  (1) The adult is the student's custodial parent/guardian. (cf. 5021); (2) The adult has been authorized on the student's emergency card as someone to whom the student may be released when the custodial parent/guardian cannot be reached, and the principal or designee verifies the adult's identity. (cf. 3516); (3) The adult is an authorized law enforcement officer acting in accordance with law. (cf. 5141.4) (cf. 5145.11); (4) The adult is taking the student to emergency medical care at the request of the principal or designee. (cf. 5141)