Student success starts with good attendance and is the responsibility of the student, family, and school. The U.S. Department of Education reports that for every missed day of school, it takes a student two days to catch up since she/he must make up missed learning and catch up with new learning at the same time.
Families and parents have a vital role in ensuring and promoting regular attendance at school. Regular attendance is necessary for success in school and you as a parent are the key person that can make a difference. Students who regularly attend school are the least likely to drop out of school.
Why does it matter if my child misses school or comes in late?
Absences impact EVERYONE! Students who miss class often can quickly fall behind and struggle to catch up. Students who have good attendance can be affected as well. When a frequently absent student returns to class, the teacher often must stop to give special attention to that child.
What is the difference between an excused and an unexcused absence?
Under California state law, an absence is considered “excused” only for these reasons:
All other reasons for absences are considered inexcusable by California state law. If you have a special circumstance and are unsure whether it will be excused, please contact Mr. Magaña for clarification.
What is an unexcused absence?
My student is sick. Shouldn’t my child stay home?
The health and safety of our students at Fitz is our highest priority. If your child has a fever, is vomiting or has other severe symptoms, your child is too sick to come to school. Parents are allowed to excuse up to 10 days without verification of illness from a medical professional.
If you bring your child to see a doctor, make sure to obtain a doctor’s note stating the date seen, any additional days they recommend your child stay home and the diagnosis. Upon your child’s return to school, provide the documentation to the front office and these absences will be recorded as verified.
If you child is feeling ill in the morning but is doing better as the day progresses, please consider bringing them to school for a partial day. That’s always better than missing a full day.
What about a family emergency? If the car breaks down, or there’s a relative in the hospital, is that an excused absence?
According to California state law, family emergencies are not considered excusable absences.
Fitz says my child has an unexcused absence when it should have been excused. What can I do?
Families/parents should call Fitz as soon as they know that their child will be absent. Parents have 3 school days to clear absences before it is recorded as a truancy.
There are several reasons why your child’s absence may be recorded as unexcused when you thought it would be excused:
What is a truancy? How is a student identified as being truant?
A student is considered truant if: