AHS ATTENDANCE OFFICE
AHS Attendance Policy
Whenever a student is absent with parental consent for all or part of a school day, the parent/guardian is required to explain the absence in person, by telephone, or in writing. Students who present a written excuse to the Attendance Office must be in class before the tardy bell. Notes must be in ink and must include:
- the student’s name and ID number,
- grade level
- date(s) of absence
- reason for absence
- signature of parent or legal guardian with date note was written.
As established by California Education Code 46010, only the following reasons can excuse a student for not being in class . . .
1. Illness: a doctor’s note may be required for extended illness.
2. Quarantine: directed by a doctor.
3. Medical, dental, optometry orchiropractic appointment for treatment; elective treatment should be scheduled for outside of normal hours.
4 Attending the funeralservice of an immediate family member; funeral service absence will not be more than three days unless the service is conducted outside of California.
5. Jury Duty.
6. Absence to obtain required immunizations if the absence is not more than five days.
7.Court appearances either as a defendant or as a subpoenaed witness.
8.Observation of a holiday or ceremony ofthe student’s religion.(with pre-approved written permision from the attendance office)
Students must have approval by note or phone call from a parent/guardian prior to leaving.Aptos High School has a CLOSED CAMPUS policy. Leaving campus at lunchtime, or any time during the school day is not permitted.
Students who need to leave campus early for an appointment or other reason must check out with the attendance office (688-6565, X202) or they will be considered truant.After checking out, a student must leave campus immediately. Please support academic success by trying to schedule all routine medical and dental appointments outside of school hours.
If a student becomes ill once he/she has arrived on campus and cannot get to class, that student must check out at the Nurse’s Office.Leaving without an off-campus permit will be considered truancy.
An absence must be excused within 72 hours by a parent/guardianor it is considered a truancy.
Homework may be requested by students and/or parents on the 2nd day of an extended absence or illness. Requests should be directly to the teacher via email or a phone message. Students have two days for every one day of excused absence to complete their homework.
Excessive absences– Absences extending beyond three days may require a doctor’s note. Students who establish a pattern of unexcused absences may be referred to a Student Study Team for assistance in improving their attendance.
Students identified as a “habitual truant” (after 5 or more unexcused absences or tardies) may be referred to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB) for truancy mediation. The appropriate assistant principal will counsel the student, notify parents and administer disciplinary action as necessary.
Any concerns regarding student attendance may be resolved by one of more of the following methods:
- Contact the attendance office (688-6565. X202)
- Contact the student’s counselor.
- Contact your student’s assistant principal.
It is possible for students to make up all or some of the accumulated absences by attending Saturday School in increments of four hours. Students who have not cleared their Saturday School hours run the risk of being prohibited from school sponsored activities.