• If your child will be absent from school, please call the school before 9am.


    When your child is absent, it is required that you send a note to school telling the reason for the absence and the date or dates your child was absent, unless you have notified the absence hotline. Be sure to include your child's full name and teacher. If you choose to call the hotline you will not need to send a written excuse.

    If your child is expected to be gone from school for an extended period (i.e. family trip or vacation, etc.) the parent should contact the teacher to make arrangements for an Independent Study Contract at least 2 weeks in advance.

    NEW! Email Absence Notification System

    Beginning, January 31, 2011, the District will begin sending student absence notification messages to parents via email. Please note that existing delivery of notifications via telephone will continue as well.

    Verifying Absences via Email

    Parents will be able to respond to notification messages via email to provide absence verification information to schools as required.

    Email absence verifications must include:
    • Date of absence
    • First and last name of student
    • Reason for absence
    • Family contact providing information (i.e. mom)

    Valid Email Address Required

    In order to receive notifications via email, parents must have an active, valid email address on file with the school. Please contact the school to add an email address to her/his student records.

    Opt Out Requests

    Parents may opt out of receipt of email absence notifications at any time. To do so, please contact your student's school's attendance office.

    The San Juan Unified School District has kicked off a campaign to increase student attendance: Everyday Counts: Miss School - Miss Out! Student success starts with good attendance and is the shared responsibility of the student, family, and school.

    Parents can help their children be successful by encouraging regular attendance. Regular attendance has been linked to higher achievement, stronger bonds to the school and community, lower rates of delinquent and high risk behavior, lower risk of becoming a high school dropout, and increased participation in higher education.

    Schools do not receive funding when a student is absent – excused or otherwise. When a student attends a portion of the school day he/she gains valuable instructional time and the district is eligible to collect attendance funding.

    Please support our efforts to increase attendance. We encourage parents to make a conscientious effort to:
    • Insure students arrive to school and class on time.
    • Plan family vacations during non-school days and summer break.
    • Try to schedule doctor appointments for your child after school hours.
    • Bring students to class before and after appointments that are scheduled during the school day.
    • Allow a child to stay home only when he/she has a contagious illness or is too sick to be comfortable at school.

Last Modified on June 2, 2014