Attendance Office 971-7500: between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Reporting an absence
Regular, punctual attendance is required; attendance is the responsibility of both the parent and the student. ALL ABSENCES MUST BE CLEARED BY A NOTE OR PHONE CALL FROM THE PARENT OR GUARDIAN WITHIN 5 SCHOOL DAYS. Parents will be notified via the AUTOMATED PHONE CALLING SYSTEM whenever a student is reported absent the previous day from ONE OR MORE classes. If you are aware of the absence, please send student with a note or call the 24-HOUR ATTENDANCE LINE at 971-7522. Parents may use the recorder any time of day. The following information is needed:
The date of absence
Student’s name and student number and a contact number
Your name and relationship to student
Reason for absence
Please Note: Any student who attempts to clear his/her own absence or to assist another student in such an attempt will be reported to the Administration for falsification and willful disobedience and face disciplinary action.
If you are NOT aware of the absence, please call the Attendance Office at 971-7500 between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., and speak with one of the Attendance Secretaries. Absences which are not cleared within 5 school days automatically become truancies. Students and parents may also access their attendance record via Zangle. Students who accumulate 18 – 29 truant class periods will receive a Saturday School. Students who accumulate 30 – 35 truant class periods will have two Saturday School’s assigned.
Re-entering school after an absence Students arriving late during the day should go directly to the Attendance Office with a note from a parent, doctor, dentist, etc. If the student does not have a note from one of the above, the parent should call 971-7522 first thing in the morning.
In accordance with CA Education Code, the following absences are considered excused:
Quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer
Medical, dental, optometry, or chiropractic services rendered. (Rio requests parents make these appointments for non-school hours whenever possible). A medical note from the doctor is requested.
Funeral – One day for funeral services within California; three days for services out of state. For services for immediate family members only: parent, step-parent, grandparent, sibling (including step-sibling), and any relative residing in the house
Observance of a holiday or ceremony of pupil’s religion.
NOTE: When the student and/or family have advance notice of an absence(s), the Attendance Office should be contacted in advance to inform them of the absence. It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements with their teachers for make-up assignments and, if possible, to complete the assignments prior to the absence.
Truancy Any absence from school for one or more periods, or a partial period, without consent of parent(s) or guardian and without prior permission from school, is a truancy. A student tardy to any period in excess of 30 minutes will also be considered truant and must be cleared through the Attendance Office. Students should check their individual attendance profile by using their personal PIN & password login to Zangle. If a student notices an error, they should immediately get a correction form from the Attendance Office and have the teacher correct the error and then turn the form in to the Attendance Office.
Seniors who accumulate 36 or more periods of truancy during the school year will not be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony and placed on social probation for the remainder of the school year. Seniors enrolled after the 1st semester and mid-year graduates will not participate in the graduation ceremony if they accumulate 18 or more periods of truancy.
Truancy Intervention Flow Chart
Student Receives 1 - 17 Truant Periods
Conference with Vice Principal
1 Saturday School assigned
Student Receives 18 - 29 Truant Periods
Conference with Vice Principal
1 Saturday School assigned
Seniors warned about walking at graduation ceremony
Student Receives 30 - 35 Truant Periods (25-30 for Seniors)
Conference with Vice Principal, Student and Parent
Attendance Contract signed
2 Saturday Schools assigned
Work Permit Revoked
Social Probation for 6 weeks
Senior Sign Contract / Parents Notified
Student Receives 36 or more Truant periods (30 for Seniors)
Habitual Truancy meeting and contract
3 Saturday Schools assigned
Mandatory Parent conference
Social Probation for the remainder of the school year
Seniors will not walk for Graduation
Violation of the Habitual Truancy Contract will result in a referral to the Districts Student Attendance Review Board. Students referred to the district for a SARB hearing will be subject to an involuntary transfer to continuation school. Seniors on track to graduate will not be transferred but will be barred from participating in the graduation ceremony.
Early Dismissal Any student leaving school before the end of the instructional day must have permission and an authorized early dismissal slip in advance from the Attendance Office. The slip must include the student’s signature. Students must come to the Attendance Office when sent for and sign the early dismissal. If they fail to do this a detention may be issued. If a student needs to leave campus, he/she must arrive with a note from a parent and make arrangements prior to 8:00 am, at break or at lunch. A student who needs to leave campus and does not have a signed and stamped early dismissal will be referred to the administration for disciplinary action. A student who leaves school without an early dismissal is truant and in violation of closed campus policy which is a suspendable offense. After the fact parent permission is not legally permissible. It is unlawful for anyone to take a student from school during the school day without permission.
Tardy Policy Students are expected to be in the classroom and ready for instruction when the final bell rings. Students arriving late are required to sign the teacher’s “Tardy Sign-in Sheet” to confirm their presence.
Excused Tardy - A student arrives with a pass from a staff member. (Student not penalized.) No notation in records.
Unexcused Tardy - a student who is not present in the classroom when class is scheduled to begin.
Absent - A student entering class after 30 minutes is considered absent.