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Tardiness

TARDINESS
Students are supervised fifteen minutes prior to the start of their instructional day, elementary students at 8:20 a.m., middle school students at 8:35 a.m. Tardiness is a major disruption to the classroom program and to your child’s learning. Please insure that your child arrives on time. Late arrivals must go directly to the attendance office for their attendance card before going to the classroom.

 

District Policy for Elementary:
A student is tardy if not in their seat when the bell rings.

 

Tardy Policy:
Students arriving to school after the final bell (8:35 a.m.) must report to the attendance office for a tardy slip before going to class. Students arriving late to school with a note written by a parent or guardian will still be considered tardy unless it is a reason excused by the California Education Code (i.e. illness, doctor/dental appointment). California Education Codes do not permit the school to excuse a tardy because a parent is running late.

 

1. District policy states a letter is sent home with 5 tardies and a second letter is sent at 10 tardies. A meeting will be arranged with the School Attendance Review Team for an excessive (9 or more) within the school year. Please make every effort to get your child to school on time.

 

2. Unexcused tardies of 30 minutes or more will be treated as truancy, as per Education Code, Section 48260.

 

3. Tardiness can be a serious problem at school. When a child is late, the teacher must stop instruction, change his/her attendance, and lunch count, and review instruction at the time of the child's arrival.

 

Punctuality sets a good tone for student responsibility.