Attendance Office at (714) 962-1356
Sr. Attendance Clerk, X 55428
Intermediate Attendance Clerk, X 55427
The attendance office is located in the administration building and is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Please be aware that during tutorial, break and lunch the attendance staff is working with students and parents and may not be available by phone.
If this is the case, please leave a voicemail for our helpful attendance staff and we will return your call as soon as we are able.
- Call the attendance office
- The Attendance Office will only accept notes from a Doctors or Dentists office
To leave campus DURING the school day, the parent/guardian must follow the checkout procedure below PRIOR TO THE STUDENT LEAVING CAMPUS. The attendance office will issue an off-campus pass and DELIVER THE PASS TO THE STUDENT IN THEIR CURRENT CLASS
Check out procedure – Leaving Campus Early
- Parent/guardian may come into the attendance office located in the administration building
- Attendance form located on edisonChargers.com
Students who are injured or become ill during the day must report to the Health Office located in room 320 and obtain an off-campus pass before leaving campus. This off-campus pass must be signed by the parent/guardian along with a note for any other absences and placed into the appropriate attendance counter slot for clearance when the student returns to school.
When it is necessary for a student to arrive late to school, the student MUST check in with the Attendance office before going to class. When a student is more than 30 minutes late,the parent/guardian must verify the student's absence within (5) days. IF the student is less than 30 minutes late, the teacher may issue the student a tardy.
What happens if I fail to clear absences in a timely manner?
Any uncleared absences become TRUANT after five days. This is a District policy. If a student does not clear absences in a timely manner, the absence will be considered a truancy. Any all day truancy, or 5 single period truancies, will result in a Saturday School assignment. Saturday School does not clear the truancy but is a discipline measure only. Students who do not attend an assigned Saturday school will be suspended.
The following absences are considered the only legally excused reasons to be absent from school. Students are allowed to make up work for these reasons:
Illness, medical appointments (with verification from the doctor’s office), quarantine, funeral, school-related activities, court appearance (with verification from the court), jury duty, religious observance and personal reasons with prior administrative approval. (A request for an extended personal absence must be given to the attendance office in writing at least one week prior to the absence.)
All other absences are considered truant or unexcused. An absence becomes TRUANT when it is not cleared by a parent.
An unexcused absence is defined as follows:
- All absences not cleared through the attendance office by parent, guardian, or doctor are considered unexcused.
- A student missing any class without parental knowledge.
- Students will not be allowed to make up any missed assignments, quizzes, tests, or exams in any class for which they have been marked absent unexcused
- UNEXCUSED/VERIFIED absences include oversleeping, car trouble, baby-sitting, vacation, etc. By law, teachers are under no obligation to accept make-up work due to truancies and unexcused absences.
- Please note that unexcused absences may lead to disciplinary action up to and including SARB referral.
Single Period Absences
It is the student’s responsibility to send an email to the teacher regarding the attendance correction and follow-up in person during tutorial with the teacher. After the student sends an email to the teacher and follows-up in person, please allow 72 hours for the correction to be reflected in Aries. The teacher will communicate the attendance change to the attendance. Our students are always welcome to visit the Attendance Office to find out which period is in question.
This following procedure replaces the “pink slip” the attendance office used to require. We are no longer requiring the student to fill out a “pink slip” -- we have digitized this process.
TO REQUEST A CHANGE OR CLEARANCE
FOLLOW THESE STEPS:
- EMAIL YOUR TEACHER FROM YOUR SCHOOL EMAIL ACCOUNT.
- INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
- YOUR NAME / ID NUMBER IN THE SUBJECT LINE
- PERIOD and DATE OF ABSENCE
- FOLLOW UP WITH YOUR TEACHER IN PERSON DURING TUTORIAL.
- YOUR TEACHER WILL MAKE THE CORRECTION AND SEND IT TO THE OFFICE.
SEND AN EMAIL FIRST, THEN MAKE CONTACT WITH YOUR TEACHER. TEACHERS WILL NOT PROCESS YOUR REQUEST WITHOUT IN-PERSON FOLLOW-UP TO THE EMAIL YOU SENT PRIOR.
The district auto-dialer is utilized for all absences, period and full day, and tardies within five days that have not been cleared by a parent, guardian, or doctor’s note. Upon receiving the automated message, please call the school or write a note explaining the absence using the guidelines above. Please note that attendance staff cannot clear tardies in any case.
When a student is absent because of an infectious/extended illness, parents/guardians must contact the Health Office, or the student must present a written note to the Health Office before being readmitted to class. Should an absence continue longer than first reported to the attendance office, the parent/guardian must call with the new information. Any student returning to school with a physician’s note (including physical education limitations) must report to the Health Office with the note.
Arrangements for family vacations should be made during non-school days. If vacations are planned, it is the student’s responsibility to acquire his/her homework. It is also the student’s responsibility to meet with the teacher and obtain any missed assignments. PLEASE NOTE: Vacations for any reason are considered unexcused under the Ed. Code and Board Policy. Teachers are not required to assign make-up work if a student is out for vacation purposes.
Excessive Health Absence Notification
Board policy states, “When a student has had 14 absences in the school year for illness verified by methods listed … above, (written note or telephone conversation) any further absences for illness must be verified by a physician.” For this purpose, if a student reaches 14 Health Related Absences, an Excessive Health Absence Notification Letter will be sent to the parent following review be the Assistant Principal and the School Nurse.
Makeup of Missed Work
Following an excused absence, a student shall be given a reasonable time by his or her teacher within which to make up the work the student missed during the absence. A student shall not be provided the opportunity to make up the work missed during an unexcused absence and could result in a lower grade.
Teachers determine and enforce their own classroom tardy policy. Excessive tardies are referred to the Assistant Principal of Supervision and/or Attendance. Action may include lunch detention, parent contact, in-house suspension, and/or a saturday school.
1-All-Day Truancy = 1 Saturday School
5 Period Truancies = 1 Saturday School
If truancies persist, the student and his/her parent will be required to attend an Orange County District Attorney Parent Meeting, conducted by that office. A SARB (School Attendance Review Board) Hearing will result when this step fails to change the behavior and assignment to a Probation Officer will likely occur.
Failure to Serve Saturday School
Students who fail to serve Saturday School when assigned are subject to:
In school suspension served doing campus beautification and placement on the ineligibility list. Students lose the privilege of participation in ASB activities, school dances, performances, and competition until all Saturday Schools are completed. Excessive truancies may result in loss of work permits, campus parking privileges, and/or lunch passes.
Seniors who are placed on the ineligibility list and fail to serve discipline will lose Senior privileges up to and including participating in Graduation Ceremonies.