Parents are required to notify the school if their student is absent in order to justify the absence. This may be done by phone call to the office (754-2123).
Research clearly indicates that good attendance has a direct, positive effect on student achievement, promotion, graduation, behavior, and employment potential. We believe that it is important for our students who will someday be entering the world of work to learn that punctuality and excellent attendance are keys to job retention and success. When considering grade advancement at West Point Elementary, attendance is one of the four criteria for advancement. Students with perfect attendance are honored and awarded prizes at the end of each trimester.
State school attendance accounting procedures changed in 1998, in an effort to improve student attendance. We will be enforcing required attendance laws as follows:
It is our hope that we can keep in close communication concerning school attendance so that a SARB referral does not become necessary.
To Go or Not to Go to School
Sometimes it is difficult to know when to keep your student home from school due to illness. Here are some guidelines to help you decide.
Stay Home If:
Reasons Not To Stay Home:
There are only four reasons an absence is excused: (Education Code 48205):
1. Pupil’s personal illness (not parent or sibling)
2. Quarantine directed by county or city health officer
3. Having medical, dental, optometry, or chiropractic services rendered
4. Attending funeral services of a member of the pupil’s immediate family
When a student has had 14 absences in the school year for illness, a physician must verify any further absences for illness. (Board Policy Administrative Regulations 5113)
Please remember that if your student needs to take medication at school both the parent and the physician must complete a “Medication Required During School Hours” form. This form is necessary for all medication both prescriptions and over-the-counter.
If you have any questions regarding these guidelines contact the school or the district nurse at 754-2322.