Attendance Procedures

School attendance is one of the greatest predictors of student outcomes. Students are expected to be in class and on time with very limited absences. When a student is absent, they are missing critical teaching and learning.

Students are also expected to arrive on-time to class and be in their assigned seat when the bell rings.  Going to the restroom or taking care of any personal business should be done before/after school, at lunch, between classes or with a pass from the teacher.


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)


Required Parent/Guardian Reporting of Absences: If a student is absent from school, the parent/guardian is required to notify the Main Office for each day they are absent. Any absences verified after 3 days will be considered unexcused.

  • Call 805-335-2929 no later than 9:00am. Leave a message with the following information:

    • First and last name of parent/guardian

    • First and last name of the student

    • Reason for absence

    • Date of absence and expected length of absence

The Santa Barbara Unified School District has developed attendance policies and procedures in order to comply with California state law. In order to support parent/guardian monitoring of overall absences and tardies, parent/guardians will be informed of absences and tardies via automated Parent Square messages, phone calls/emails from our Attendance Office, and automated attendance monitoring notifications.


Policy for Missed Class Time / Missing Assignments: It is the responsibility of the student to initiate work completion for class(es) missed. If absent, students should:

  1. Go to Canvas. Review any posted material and complete any assignments.

  2. Communicate with each teacher as needed (ie: ask a question, set up a time to retake a test, etc). Send a Canvas or email message or set up a time to speak with the teacher (ie: before/after school, after class, etc.)

Allowances for acceptance of missing work varies by Department. Reference the class syllabus for specifics. In general, work should be completed and submitted by the end of the current week (Sunday evening). It is easier to catch up on work on a regular basis. When more time passes, additional lessons and work have been assigned and it is more challenging to balance past and present assignments.