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To report an absence please call 951 253-7510 or email Pat Hamilton @ [email protected] 
Please give students name, your name and relationship to the student, teacher and reason for the absence. 
You can also email Pat Hamilton @ [email protected] or call 951 253-7510
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What do I have to do if my child is going to be absent from school? 
To report an absence email or call your school site directly, or message through Parent Square. You must include the student's name, ID number, grade, and reason for absence. Also email the teacher(s) to let them know that your child will be absent. Or you may send a note upon your child’s return to school. If you have questions or need further clarification, please contact our office at [email protected]


What does it mean to “verify” my child’s absence? 
When a student is absent, parents are required to call or send a note to the attendance office in order to validate the reason for the child’s absence. We call this process: Absence Verification. 


What happens after I have called in my child’s absence? 
 The attendance clerk will then proceed to mark your child’s attendance record with an “Excused” or “Unexcused” absence according to Education Code and District policies. 


My child is sick, shouldn’t my child stay home?The health and safety of our students is the highest priority. If your child has a fever, is vomiting or has other severe symptoms, your child is too sick to come to school. Parents are allowed to excuse up to 10 days without verification of illness from a medical professional. If you bring your child to see a doctor, make sure to obtain a doctor’s note stating the date seen, any additional days they recommend your child stay home. Upon your child’s return to school, provide the documentation to the front office (not to teachers), and these absences will be recorded as verified and will not take away from the 10 parent-verified daysThat said, if your child is feeling ill in the morning but is doing better as the day progresses, please consider bringing them to school for a partial day. That’s always better than missing a full day.


What happens if I forget to call my child’s absence on the day of his/her absence? 
You may call to verify your child’s absence up to 5 days after your child has been absent. Absences that are not verified within the time allowed will be considered unexcused absences. After our attendance month accounting cycle closes, unexcused absences due to no-verification cannot be overwritten or changed. 


What is considered an Excused Absence? 
By law [Ed. Code 48205], excused absences are: 
·       illness [fever 100° or more, your child must be fever free for twenty four hours before returning to school] 
·       persistent runny nose with yellow-green mucous discharge 
·       rashes [unless there is a note from your physician stating that your child is not contagious] 
·       vomiting [If your child is sent home vomiting he/she needs to be vomit free for twenty four hours before returning to school] 
·       diarrhea [If your child is sent home from school with diarrhea he/she needs to be diarrhea free for twenty four hours before returning to school] 
·       medical/dental appointments (doctor’s note required for verification) 
·       death in the family 
·       specific religious reasons 
·       required appearance in court 
·       exclusion from school for contagious disease 


How many Excused Absences can my child have in one school year? 
While we know students do become ill and are unable to attend school, the average number of days missed due to illness is 3 (three) per school year. 


What if my child’s absences do not fall under any of the Excused Absences categories? 
State law [Ed. Code 48260-48273] is very specific about these types of absences. A student who is absent from school for reasons other than those listed in section 5, will be marked “unexcused” for the day. These types of absences are considered “Truancies” after three unexcused absences.