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Mountain View Middle School

Attendance Information » Attendance

Attendance

Each person in California between the ages of 6 and 18 years, who is not legally exempt, is subject to compulsory school attendance. Each parent or guardian has the responsibility to send students to school for the full time of the school day as designated by the Board of Education. (EC 48200) A written excuse shall be submitted by the parent or guardian and approved by the principal or designee in alignment with uniform standards established by the Board of Education. (EC 48205).
A major goal of the District is the improvement of attendance. While the district cannot guarantee that “learning will occur just because a child is in school,” it can guarantee that learning will not take place if the child is absent. There is a strong correlation between attendance and learning. Good attendance generally leads to improved learning.
 
Parents or guardians will be given three days to provide the school with documentation for a student’s absence. A student can be declared a truant on the third unexcused absence. After three days, all uncleared absences will be converted to unexcused. Exceptions for absences must be approved by a school administrator. Students with excused absences, as specified, shall be given the opportunity to make-up, for full credit, all assignments and tests missed that can be reasonably provided and completed, with no grade reduced or academic credit lost. (EC 48980) 19. Any student subject to compulsory full-time education or to compulsory continuation education who is absent from school without a valid excuse for three full days in one school year or tardy or absent for more than any 30-minute period during the school day without a valid excuse on three occasions in one school year, or any combination thereof, is a truant and shall be reported to the district’s attendance supervisor or to the Superintendent of the school district.
 
Excessive excused absences are defined as absent from school for five (5) or more days out of twenty (20) school days or a pattern of irregular attendance. (EC 48260, 48263).

Reporting Absences

Parents or legal guardians must notify the school of their child’s absence(s) on the day(s) of the absence(s). This applies to both full and partial day absences. Reporting absences can be accomplished by calling the school to speak with the Attendance Office at (951)571-4240.