Attendance Policy

Attendance is Important!

Students are learning in each of their classes daily, and if students are not attending school, they can quickly fall behind in their classes.  Therefore it important that students, with support from their families, make every effort to attend school daily. 

Any absence accrued in a school day generates an automated phone message to the home phone number of the student. Educational Code 48260(a) indicates that accruing 4 or more unexcused absences in any one class period is excessive and considered truant. Educational Code 48260(a) also allows only three 30 minute periods of unexcused absence before a student is considered truant. 

Absences must be cleared within 72 hours and may require documentation from an outside agency.

Excused absences acceptable by Educational Code include:

medical appointments, illness with a medical note, immediate family death/funeral, court appointments with documentation, approved short term independent study, religious participation and MHS-sponsored school activities.  

Excessive absences, excused or not, may result in referral to the Student Attendance Review Board (SARB).

See below or the Student/Parent Handbook for more details.

Attendance Policy 2016-17

MHS Attendance Policy

Education is important. Students who do not attend school miss out on valuable learning opportunities and quickly fall behind. All students—with the support of their families—must make their best effort to attend school every day.

 

Every absence recorded during the school day automatically generates a phone call to the parent/guardian of the affected student. Educational Code 48260(a) dictates that 4 or more unexcused absences in a single class is excessive. Educational Code 48260(a) allows only three 30 minute periods of unexcused absence before a student is considered truant. Therefore, all absences must be cleared within 72 hours and may require documentation from an outside agency.

 

California Educational Code recognizes certain excused absences, including medical appointments, illness with a medical note (after 3 consecutive days of absence), immediate family death/funeral, court appointments with documentation, approved short term independent study, participation in a religious service or event, or a school-sponsored activity. Excessive absences, excused or not, may result in referral to the Student Attendance Review Board (SARB).

 

Any absence not excused within 72 hours is considered a cut. Absences that occur without
an off-campus pass are also considered cuts. No student may leave campus without an
off-campus pass. Discipline consequences will be assigned for a student’s cumulative total
of cuts for all periods (1˚-6˚).

 

CUTS:

3 Cuts: ParentLink (Call & Email)

6 Cuts: 45-minute detention & ParentLink (Call & Email)

12 Cuts: Work Program & Social Probation

18 Cuts: 1st SARB Letter, 2-hour detention & Social Probation

25 Cuts: 2nd SARB Letter, Attendance Contract (signed by parent/guardian), Saturday School, Social Probation

 

TARDIES:

6 Tardies: ParentLink (Call & Email)

12 Tardies: 45-minute detention

18 Tardies: Work Program & Social Probation

24 Tardies: 2-hour detention & Social Probation

30 Tardies: Attendance Contract (signed by parent/guardian), Saturday School & Social Probation

 

SARB:

18 Cuts: 1st letter

25 Cuts: 2nd letter

35 Cuts: 3rd letter


Attendance counts will reset every six weeks. Occasional tardy sweeps will be scheduled without notice. Students not in class (or without a pass) when the final bell rings will be assigned a 45-minute detention.

 

If a student misses an assigned discipline consequence, s/he will be assigned the next step on the discipline ladder (e.g. missed detention = Work Program). If a student misses Saturday School, s/he will be assigned an in-house suspension.