Absences

Absences

Absences
Absences are considered excessive if they go above ten in any one school year. When it is necessary that a pupil be absent, please notify the school by PHONE or WRITTEN NOTE.  If a phone call has not been made to the school, the child MUST HAVE A WRITTEN NOTE THE DAY HE/SHE RETURNS TO SCHOOL. The note must include the child's name, teacher's name, date of absence, and the reason. The State of California now uses "positive attendance", which means that any absence other than illness or bereavement is unexcused. We have Independent Study contracts available and ask that you please request them in advance for unavoidable absences of 5 days or longer.  Please schedule doctor and dentist appointments in non-school hours as much as possible. Excessive absences (above 10 in a school year) are reported to the School Attendance Review Team and parents are contacted to sign an attendance contract.  Further absences may result in a referral to the District Attendance Review Board.

Tardies
 A student is tardy if he/she enters the line up or classroom after 8:00 a.m.  Tardies disrupt the student's learning process. They also disrupt the learning of other children because the teacher has to stop teaching in order to provide for the late student.  Shull School policy is for a child who has three tardies within a week to serve recess detention.  Three tardies of over 30 minutes constitute truancy.  One tardy a trimester may be excused by the parent arranging to work in the classroom or computer lab for one hour.  This helps eliminate having students lose awards when there are troubles with transportation etc.