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REDLANDS HIGH SCHOOL

ATTENDANCE POLICY

(Revised August 2011)

24-HOUR ATTENDANCE LINE: 307-5511


Attendance Policy

Summary of the Philosophy Statement of the Redlands Unified School District Board of Education
BP 5113

Regular attendance and punctuality are essential if a student is to receive maximum benefit from an instructional program.  Absence and tardiness are counter-productive to educational success.  In addition, students who are absent from or tardy to class infringe upon the rights of those students in attendance and their teachers by disrupting the normal flow of an instructional program and by causing teachers to unnecessarily repeat and review information and materials previously covered.  Even though it is possible for students to make up much of the work missed due to absence, it is impossible to completely compensate for loss of classroom time.
For these reasons it is essential that students attend school on a regular basis and that absences are caused by legitimate and compelling reasons only.  A concerted effort should be made by students, by parents/guardians, and by school officials to avoid scheduling appointments and activities, which interfere with school attendance and class schedules.

REPORTING AN ABSENCE

Any unexcused absence of more than 30 minutes counts as an unexcused absence from school by state law (CA Education Code, Section 48260). This means that "ditching" a single class for more than 30 minutes counts as an unexcused absence during that school day. Three unexcused absences of more than 30 minutes in one school year makes a student a "truant," and parents will be formally notified if their students becomes classified as "truants" (CA Education Code, Section 48260.5).
 

  1. Calls:  Parents must notify the RHS Attendance Office on the day of their student’s absence.  Parents may do so by calling 307-5500 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., or by calling the 24-hour attendance reporting line at 307-5511.  Please include your name, student’s first and last name, grade, reason for absence, date of absence and a phone number that you can be reached at. (If verification of the call is required and we are unable to reach you, the absence will be considered truant.)
  2. Notes:  Parents must notify the RHS Attendance Office within three days of their student’s absence.  Please include your name, student’s first and last name, grade, reason for absence, date of absence and a phone number that you can be reached at.  (If verification of the note is required and we are unable to reach you, the absence will be considered truant.)
  • All absences that are not verified by a doctor or appropriate school official, count as unexcused.
  • All absences that are not reported by a parent/guardian will be considered truant.

FULL DAY TRUANCY

  1. For each full day truancy episode (4 or more unexcused periods per day), the Assistant Principal may assign an After School Campus Service.  A student may be issued a citation by the Redlands Police Department if found loitering on or off campus during school hours.
  2. Repeat violations will result in one or more additional consequences which may include:
    1. Additional Campus Service, and additional citation
    2. On Campus Suspension (OCS)
    3. Loss of privilege to attend and/or participate in school activities, including athletics and dances
    4. At Home Suspension
    5. Referral to School Attendance Review Team (SART)
    6. Referral to School Attendance Review Board (SARB)
    7. Referral to an Alternative Education Program

CLASS CUTS

If a student does not report to Terrier Detainment within 10 minutes of the late bell (or to class with a valid hall pass), the absence will be recorded as a class cut or “truant”.  At 15 cumulative class cuts, the parent will receive an attendance warning letter indicating continuing attendance violations and the student will be assigned After School Campus Service (45 minutes).  At 30 cumulative class cuts, letter #2 will be mailed and the student may be assigned additional Campus Service (2 hours).  At 45 cumulative class cuts each semester from one or more of his/her classes, the student will be referred to a SART meeting and possibly an alternative education program. 

TARDIES

Definition: A student is tardy if not completely inside the assigned room when the bell rings. Teachers may require a more strict definition.

Philosophy: The faculty and staff of Redlands High School recognize that student achievement is directly dependent on timely and consistent daily attendance. Tardiness not only interferes with the student’s education, but also represents a behavior trait which will adversely affect the student’s success in life. Being on time to class is an act of courtesy toward the teachers, staff and other students. Students must understand the importance of developing the habit of punctuality. There must be consequences for tardiness, but there must also be a strong effort by each person in our community to help students get to class on time.

The tardy policy at Redlands High School is designed to promote better student achievement by: 1) Encouraging students to be on time to class; 2) Reducing the amount of instructional time lost to interruptions caused by students who arrive late to class and; 3) Involving students, parents, and staff as partners in finding solutions to student punctuality problems.

Students who are tardy are subject to the following consequences:

  1. Students who are late to class must report to the Terrier Detainment Facility after the tardy bell rings.
  2. Students found loitering on campus without a pass after the final bell may be cited for daytime loitering if the violation occurs after 8:30 am.
  3. Students will sign in and identify themselves with a Redlands High School I.D. card.
    1. Students without proper identification will be documented in the computer.
  4. Students’ names will be logged into a computer that will be used for tracking repeat offenders.
  5. Students will be given a copy of the “Parent Notification of Tardiness” letter to copy while they are in Terrier Detention.  The student must complete the copying of the letter before being released to their next period class.  Parent contact will be made and documented.  If a parent contact is unable to be made, a letter will be given to the student to take home to be signed and returned.
    1. This notification must be signed by the parent and returned to the Detention Supervisor before the start of school the following day.
    2. If the letter is not returned by the start of school following the day in which the tardiness occurred, the student will be assigned lunch detention.
  6. Students will be given the following consequences based on the number of tardies they have incurred during the current school year:
    1. First and Second Tardies
      • Parental notification via phone or “Parent Notification of Tardiness” letter.
      • Student will remain in Terrier Detainment for the remainder of the period.
        Note:  If the tardy policy violation occurs during the student’s first period of the day and the student has a note or is accompanied by the parent, they will be given a pass to class. Consequences will continue to accrue for subsequent tardies.
    2. Third Tardy
      • Parental notification via phone or “Parent Notification of Tardiness” letter.
      • Student will remain in Terrier Detainment for the remainder of the period.
      • Student will be assigned lunch detention during the next possible lunch period.
    3. Fourth Tardy
      • Students will be given a referral to the appropriate Assistant Principal’s office where they will be disciplined for repeated violations of the Tardy Policy (Defiance).
        • If Assistant Principals are not available to see the student, the student will be returned to Terrier Detainment where their tardy will be logged and forwarded to the Assistant Principal for later processing.
        • The student will remain in Terrier Detainment until the end of the period.
        • Two lunch detentions or after-school detention (45 minutes) will be assigned.
      • Students who accumulate four (4) or more tardies in a single class or combination of classes may not be allowed to return to class until a parent/guardian contact by telephone has been made or conference held by an administrator.
    4. Fifth Tardy
      • Students will be given a referral to the appropriate Assistant Principal’s office where they will be disciplined for repeated violations of the Tardy Policy (Defiance).
        • If Assistant Principals are not available to see the student, the student will be returned to Terrier Detainment where their tardy will be logged and forwarded to the Assistant Principal for later processing.
        • The student will remain in Terrier Detainment until the end of the period.
        • Two hours of after-school Campus Service will be assigned.
    5. Sixth through Ninth Tardies
      • Students will be given a referral to the appropriate Assistant Principal.
      • Two hours of after-school Campus Service or one (1) full day of On Campus Suspension (OCS) will be assigned. 
    6. Tenth Tardy
      • Students will be given a referral to the appropriate Assistant Principal, and the student will receive a 1 day formal suspension from school.
      • SART letter will be sent home.
    7. Eleventh and Subsequent Tardies
      • Students will be given a referral to the appropriate Assistant Principal, and the student will receive a 1-3 day formal suspension from school.
      • Students who accumulate four (4) or more tardies in a single class or combination of classes may not be allowed to return to class until a parent/guardian contact by telephone has been made or conference held by an administrator.
      • A SART meeting will be scheduled.

EARLY CHECK OUT PROCEDURE (DURING SCHOOL DAY)

  1. Send a note with your child the day of the appointment or early dismissal.  Have him/her drop it off at the attendance office in the morning when he/she arrives at school.
  2. Call the attendance office prior to the student leaving to verify if you have sent the note.  (The student will not be released by the note only).  In the event you forget to send a note, you must call the attendance office for a pass to be generated for the student to leave.  We always need a phone call prior to the dismissal and as early as possible in the day.
  3. Once the note has been verified by telephone, we instruct your child to come back to pick up the note.  The note becomes his/her pass to leave campus.  Your student will be able to meet you at a designated meeting place for pick-up.
  4. This pass must be returned to the attendance office when the child returns to school.  If your child returns the same day as the early dismissal, we need the pass back that day to clear him/her for periods missed.  IF the student is not returning the same day, we need the pass back the next school day.  Students are not cleared until we receive the pass back in the attendance office. 
  5. If a student is ill, he/she must check out first with the Health Clerk and then with the Attendance Office.
  6. Students may not leave campus for any reason without following the above procedures.  Bringing a note after the fact will not clear your absence.  Students leaving campus for any reason without checking out at the attendance office first will be reported as truant and disciplinary action may be taken.
  • Teachers have the option of imposing consequences within the guidelines of the school policy for class cuts. The consequence will be outlined in their course Curriculum Paper. Curriculum Papers will be distributed to each student at the beginning of the course. 

HEALTH SERVICES

Students who are ill may go home with the consent of the Health Technician if they have turned in an Emergency Release Card and after the Technician has contacted a parent or guardian listed on the Emergency Release Card.  Parent contact will be made from the Health Office.  No calls will be made from classrooms.  When leaving school because of illness, students are required to obtain an Absence Permit from the Health Tech and to sign out in the Health Office or they will be charged with truancy from class. Students should return their Absence Permit upon their return to school to the Attendance Office within 48 hours.

MEDICATIONS - Any student who is required to take medication during school hours must have the following information on file in the Health Office:

  1. Parent Note
  2. Doctor’s note on the RUSD form.
  3. Labeled medication.

INJURIES - All injuries, no matter how slight, should be reported to the Health Technician. The Technician will assess the injury, give first aid, and decide what further steps should be taken.

OFFICE HOURS - The Health Office is open from 7:00 am until 2:30 p.m.

ABSENCE NOTIFICATION

  1. The automated caller will phone the homes of all students who are absent one period or more during the day.
  2. Parents are notified of class cuts when students are assigned After School Detention or Campus Service, by the attendance warning letters and the auto-dialer.
  3. Tardy Letters will be mailed home at the following intervals:
    • Letter #1:  5 unexcused period tardies
    • Letter #2:  10 unexcused period tardies
    • Letter #3:  15 unexcused period tardies
  4. Attendance Letters will be mailed home at the following intervals:
    • Letter #1:  15 unexcused period absences (total class cuts or three full days of truancy)
    • Letter #2:  30 unexcused period absences (total class cuts or six full days of truancy)
    • Letter #3:  45 unexcused period absences (total class cuts or nine full days of truancy)
  • Parents will be notified by phone, email or written note home, 24 hours in advance of any after school detention or Campus Service assignment.

Notes:

Students who do not attend Lunch Detention, After School Detention or After School Campus Service when assigned, will be assigned a full day of On Campus Suspension (OCS).  Students who refuse to serve On Campus Suspension will be suspended for defiance (CA Education Code, Section 48900 k.) Students will need to arrange to make up for missed classroom assignments.

DANCE ATTENDANCE

If a student is suspended, for whatever reason, within 45-school days of an RHS dance, they will be excluded from attending that dance.  In addition, 45 period absences (including detentions,  incomplete/non-compliant Short Term Independent Study, late tardies (30 min+)suspensions and all truancies.  Attendance codes A, B, C, D, F, L, & S) will lead a student to be excluded from attending any dance during the current school year.  (Per RHS Attendance Policy, “Upon returning to school a student must turn in a note to the Attendance Office within 48 hours.  Students failing to do so will be marked truant.”)  This policy will remain in effect until the day of the dance.  In this situation, the student will be excluded from the dance and they will receive a reimbursement for the cost of their ticket.  RHS is not responsible for any costs incurred in preparation for the dance (dresses, tuxedos, limousines, etc.).

WORK PERMITS

Per Redlands Unified School District Administrative Regulation [AR] 5113.1, a student must maintain satisfactory grades and attendance in order to qualify for and retain a work permit.  AR 5113.1 further states that “The Superintendent/designee shall revoke a student’s work permit whenever he/she determines that employment is impairing the student’s health or education (CA Education Code, section 49164).   Therefore, Redlands High School will maintain the following policy:

  1. Students whose total period absences exceed 60 in any given school year will lose their right to a work permit and the Assistant Principal/designee will revoke the work permit. 
  2. In order for a work permit to be reissued, students must meet the following criteria:  No more than 12 unexcused period absences (including Terrier Hall Detainment) during the following grading period.

DITCH DAY

There is no such thing as a RHS Senior Ditch Day!  Students who miss school because of a student declared “ditch day” will be marked truant.  Any assignments or tests missed on this day may not be made-up.

CITATIONS

All students out of class are required to have an official pass.  If a student is not in possession of an official pass on or off campus during the school day without permission, they may be cited (ticketed) by the Redlands Police Department for “daylight loitering” under (Redlands Municipal Code 9.24.040).  Students may be required to appear in Juvenile Traffic Court for sentencing, which could involve a fine, community service or suspension of heir driver’s licenses.  Parents may also be cited if they are found to be allowing the truancy.

MAKE-UP WORK

Students who are absent 1-2 days should check with individual teachers for specific make-up work.  If a student is absent three or more consecutive days, a parent/guardian may obtain homework from the Counseling Office by calling 307-5500.  Please allow 24 hours for the work to be obtained.  Students whose absences have been marked as truant (as denoted by a “C” in their attendance record) will be granted make-up work at the teacher’s discretion.

PERFECT ATTENDANCE

Perfect Attendance is highly valued in both the academic and the business world.  In support of our students who work hard to achieve this goal, Perfect Attendance Letters will be distributed at the conclusion of every quarter that school is in session (with the exception of June).  These letters will be used by the attendance staff of RHS to award these students for their hard work and dedication throughout the school year.

CAMPUS VISITORS

In order to ensure campus security and protection of students and staff, strict enforcement of the campus policy regarding the presence of non-students is enforced.

  1. All visitors MUST sign-in at the South Campus Office Switchboard, or the North Campus Office.
  2. Visitors will be required to show a current and valid form of identification.
  3. Students are not allowed to bring guests to school.
  4. The presence of any non-student during regular school hours is subject to citation or arrest under CA Penal Code 626.8.
  5. When dropping off school supplies, clothing, food, or medicine to a student, please go to the South Campus Office Switchboard and you will be directed to the appropriate drop office.
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