NHS 24 Hour Attendance Line: (949) 936-7201
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Every absence from school must be verified within THREE days of the absence. Each unverified absence will result in a detention. Parents have three days to verify an absence by calling our attendance line (949.936.7201) or sending a signed note with their child to let the school know why their child was absent. Attendance notes are available on the website and the note needs to include the following information:
- Student's full name (ID number if possible)
- Date of absence
- Reason for absence
- Full signature of parent/guardian with a daytime phone number
If it is necessary for the student to be out of school for reasons other than illness, we encourage the student to come to school for at least part of the day. When the student attends part of the day, he or she may be able to touch base with teachers and obtain important assignments. REMINDER: each class period is approximately 90 minutes in length, daily attendance is important.
Detention is assigned for ALL absences that are not verified within 3 days of the absence as well as students who do not follow the early dismissal procedures below.
If a student has an appointment that requires that they leave school early, a parent must come to the Attendance Office to check their student out, or a note must be brought to the attendance office signed by the parent or legal guardian stating the dismissal time, date, and reason for absence. This note must be brought to the attendance office before school so that an early release form can be issued. The Early Release Form must be presented to the teacher before the student is excused from class at the appropriate time. The student will then come to the Attendance Office to sign out before leaving campus. If the student is returning, they will be expected to sign in at the attendance office upon their return.
Students should never leave school without first signing out with the Attendance or Health Office. Students who do not sign out PRIOR to their absence will be considered truant and the absence will not be able to be verified, resulting in detention. Students who are participating in Athletics and do not plan to attend their practice/game should also be signed out by a parent PRIOR to their absence. Attendance policies apply to athletics because they are the same as any other class.
Arriving Late (Tardies)
A student is considered late or tardy when they are not in the classroom when the bell rings. There is no grace period for tardies.
1. Students who are LATE (unexcused) during the first 15 minutes of class should report directly to the classroom.If paper attendance is being taken (Ex: if there is a substitute) and the sheet has already been sent down to the office, students should go to attendance to make sure their marked absence is changed to a tardy, then return to class.
2. Students who are LATE (excused) should always check in first with the Attendance Office. Excused tardies include illness, medical appointments, funerals, court dates, and religious holidays.
3. All students who are more than 15 minutes tardy/late must sign in at the Attendance Office and obtain an Admittance Form to class.
4. Teachers may assign detentions to students who are late (unexcused).
Justifiable Personal Reason Absence
Students who are being excused from school for a justifiable personal reason such as a religious or cultural observance must submit a written note, signed by the assistant principal, in order to qualify for a verified absence. Phone calls will result in unverified absences. Justifiable personal reason absence forms are available in the attendance office or are linked to the right.
Independent Study Agreements
If a student is going to be absent for 3 or more days, an Independent Study Agreement should be arranged at least 4 days prior to the absence. Forms are available in the Attendance Office. The student then has the opportunity to continue his/her education while away and the school will continue recovering ADA-generated income.
Agreement for Students 18 years of age
Students who are 18 years old and in good standing may obtain a form from the Attendance Office allowing them to excuse their own absences. This form must be signed by the parent/guardian and by the Assistant Principal.
Pursuant to ed code 48205, student confidentiality is protected for special circumstances, including but not limited to confidential medical appointments.