Students are required by state law to attend school full time until age 18.  Studies show that there is a direct correlation between good school attendance and achievement; therefore, we encourage parents to help their children achieve the habit of daily attendance.  Students have 2 days to clear an absence.

If a student is absent from school, parent/guardian must contact the office in one of the following ways:

  1. A parent/guardian email to the attendance office:
  2.  Call to the attendance office from parent/guardian: (310) 533-4495 Ext 8682
  3. A parent/guardian signed note brought to the Attendance office upon the students return with the following information:
    1. Student's full name
    2. Grade
    3. Date(s) of absence
    4. Reason for absence
    5. Parent/guardian signature
  4. A doctor's note brought to the Attendance office.  The note must have student's full name, reason, and date(s) of absence.

Absence Note

Excused Absences

(Education Code 48205(pdf)
Excused absences are as follows:

  1. A student's illness (not a parent or another family member).
  2. Medical, dental or eye appointments (student only).
  3. Attending the funeral of an immediate family member.
  4. Court appearance for the student.
  5. Religious holiday/retreat/ceremony

Absence and Tardy Policy Image of person looking at their watch.

Students who miss class habitually or are tardy to class habitually have a difficult time reaping the benefits of the educational program. Students are expected to be on time for classes. Students are considered "on time" when they are in their seats when the tardy bell rings. When a student is late to school, they must report to the office before going to class. A tardy may be excused ONLY for illness and medical appointments (for the student) accompanied with a medical note. All other reasons for being tardy are unexcused.

Unexcused Tardy Consequence
1-3 Warning
4-5 "N" in Citizenship and after school detention
6 "U" in Citizenship and after school detention


"U" in Citizenship and Saturday school detention

**TUSD General Guidelines For Parents When Your Child is Sick:**

If your child is sick, please follow these guidelines for when to keep your child home:

  • A temperature of 101 degrees or above
  • Students must be fever-free without fever-reducing medication (such as Tylenol or Motrin) for at least 24 hours before returning to school
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea. Student may return to school 24 hours after last episode
  • Persistent cough or wheezing or shortness of breath
  • Suspected communicable disease (i.e. chickenpox)
  • Suspected infections
  • A rash of unknown origin – student may return to school when written authorization is received from the health care provider
  • Students must stay home with head lice infestation until they have been treated (and show proof of treatment) and all lice have been removed
  • Regardless of fever, students must stay home for the first 24 hours while on antibiotic therapy unless specifically cleared by a health care provider
  • If you are unsure, please keep your child home until you have received appropriate medical clearance

BLMS Attendence Office

Contact: Christine Takahashi
(310) 533-4495 Ext: 8682