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Attendance

Line Up Bell rings at 7:58 a.m.

Tardy Bell rings at 8:00 a.m

Reporting Student Absences  

Children learn best when they are present in school.  We would like parents to strive to get students to school on-time everyday for the entire school day.  When your child is going to be absent from school, it is important that you call the school at 909-307-5590 and let us know, so that your child's attendance record won't reflect any unverified absences. A student will be marked absent by each teacher at any time they are not present in their scheduled class. The automated caller will notify parents of all students who are absent.  When a student returns following an absence, the Attendance Office must be notified within 48 hours (not including non-school days) by means of a parent/guardian note or telephone call stating the reason for the absence. Students will need to arrange to make up for missed classroom assignments. If the school does not hear from you, the school will call to inquire as to why your child was absent.  We, as adults, need to realize that we are training our children and setting examples that can affect a child’s future punctuality habits which in turn affect performance in school and future jobs.  It is important that children arrive at school on time every day.

All students are responsible to be in front of their classroom when the tardy bell rings at 8:00 a.m.  Any student who is not in line at 8:00 a.m. is tardy.

Independent Study/Short-Term RISE packets

Students are eligible for Independent Study when a student is absent for 3 or more consecutive days. Contact the Attendance office for assistance with RISE packets. When an Independent Study contract is completed the student can recover the missed days that were on the contract. Independent study, once completed, does not count as an absence in the system and helps to avoid attendance letters. 

SART/AIM/SARB Process

We are required by the State Department of Education to monitor and track attendance which involves informing parents of days absent.  These form letters are auto generated based on a formula determined by the State Department of Education.  As mandated by the state attendance letters will be sent home after 5, 10, and 15 absences, regardless if the absences are excused or unexcused. Students who are chronically absent will be scheduled for a Student Attendance Review Team (SART) meeting. . Please be aware of the California Ed. Code states that students are considered chronically absent if they miss 10% or more of the school year.. The first two letters are intended to remind families of the importance of regular on-time attendance.  At the meeting, a contract is signed by the student, parent(s), and administrator.  If attendance continues to be a problem, a referral will be made for a District AIM (Attendance Intervention Meeting). This is the last intervention prior to being referred to a District SARB (School Attendance Review Board) meeting.

Types of Absences & Tardies

Excused: Medical appointment; ill in the morning, then feeling well enough to attend school; funeral attendance (immediate family members only); religious reasons, late school bus, or mandated court appearance of the student.

Unexcused:  Any other reason for not being in class when the tardy bell rings.

Truancy:   Failure to clear an absence with a legitimate reason within the 48 hours will result in a truancy being marked on the student’s attendance record. Being tardy for 30 minutes or more on three different days will also result in a truancy.

 

Positive Attendance Recognition

During the year we recognize students who are modeling good attendance habits in the following ways.   

  • Attend Every Day: Students who attend school for the whole day, being on time and staying all day will receive 5 points to the students store each week they achieve perfect attendance. 
  • On Time: Each class will color in a letter each day that every student in the class is present and on-time. When the class spells out “ATTENDANCE” the class will earn a popcorn treat. Classrooms can earn popcorn parties every 10 days of school.  

  • All Day Attendance: Students who do not leave early have the opportunity to receive a small reward. Once a week at the end of the day, a random number will be called and students with that assigned number in their classroom will receive a small prize for being at school all day.  

  • Attendance Certificates: Throughout the school year we will recognize students at the award assemblies who have perfect attendance for a specified time period.  

  • Arroyo Attendance Bears: Each week we identify the multiple classrooms with the highest attendance rates for the week and the classroom gets to have the attendance bear in their classroom for the week.