(310) 533-4412 x7089 (Please Note: No Absences Will Be Cleared By Phone or Voice Mail Message)
The best way to get a hold of the attendance office is by sending an email to NHSattend@tusd.org
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. If you find it necessary to keep your children out of school for reasons other than illness, we encourage you to send them to school for at least part of the day so that they will not be counted absent. This will also help them to keep up with assignments.
THE NORTH HIGH SCHOOL ABSENCE POLICY
You only have up to 48 hours to clear your absences before it is considered a truant.
Truants will result in Saturday School assignment, if left uncleared.
Only one of the following documentation will be accepted by the Attendance Office as a verified excusal of an absence.
- Email to NHSattend@tusd.org (must be sent by by parent/guardian email identified on PowerSchool contact list). Our preferred verifications are via parent/guardian email as attendance records are stored electronically.
- Parent/guardian note (must have parent signature and phone number) or an in-person parent absence excusal (w/valid California ID)
- A doctor's note
For all forms of communication, include your student 's name, grade, their date of absence and the reason for absence (for your convenience, here is a link to the North High Absence Excuse Note)
No phone calls or voice messages will be accepted to clear absences. Please review the NHS Attendance and Discipline Policy for more information on expectations for attendance.
POWER SCHOOL ATTENDANCE CODES
We are now posting student attendance according to the State of California Ed Code. Nothing has changed for your student, only how attendance is documented in our records and in PowerSchool. If you notified the attendance office (within 48 hours) of an absence and see a “U” posted, the absence is considered “CLEARED” and will never go truant. Please note: the posting of a “U” or an “E” mean the same for your student, both reflect “CLEARED” absences and will never go truant.
E - Verified cleared absences, reason aligns with Educational Code.
U = Verified cleared absence, reason does not meet Educational Code
T = Truant, missing from class period
L = Tardy to class, less than 30 minutes late
A = Absence, still needs to be cleared within 48 hours
What are the school attendance requirements in California?
- Every person between the ages of six (6) years and eighteen (18) years of age is required to attend school. (Education Code 48200)
- Students are expected to attend school regularly and on time.
- Parents and guardians are required to send their children to school.
What is considered a valid, legal absence?
- Absences are allowed for the following causes, when verified:
- A student’s illness (not parent’s or another family member).
- Quarantine by a county or city health officer.
- Medical, dental or eye appointments.
- Attending the funeral of an immediate family member: one (1) day in California; three (3) days out of California. Immediate family member means student’s mother/father, brother/sister, child, grandmother/grandfather, or spouse, spouse’s mother/father, spouse’s child, spouse’s brother/sister, or any relative living the immediate household of the student (Education Code 48205).
- Court appearance when the student has subpoena with his/her name on it.
- Religious holiday/retreat/ceremony (max of four (4) hours per semester) with prior written request from parent and approval from school.
- Employment conference attended by student’s parent/guardian with prior written request from parent and approval from school. Student who attends such a conference with parent/guardian is expected to complete all assignments and tests which can reasonably be provided. (Education Code 48205, CCR Title 5, Sec. 420)
- Verified absence due to illness or quarantine is allowed. Verification may be by one of the following: school/public health nurse, attendance supervisor, physician, teacher, or any other qualified employee of the school district. (Education Code 46011, CCR Title 5, Sec. 421)
Parents cannot verify an absence!
What are the consequences for parents and students when a student does not attend school?
- Parents who fail to send their children to school can be criminally prosecuted under Penal Codes 272 and 270.1 and Education Codes 48291/48293 and 48453/48454. The penalties can range from a fine of $50 to $2,500 plus a penalty assessment and can be sentenced to up to a year in jail. Parents can be ordered by a judge to personally deliver their child to school.
- Students who fail to attend school can be criminally prosecuted in Juvenile Court under Education Code section 48265.5. Students can be given a $100 fine, community service up to 40 hours, and can be forced to attend an approved truancy education program. If the student has gone through SARB or truancy mediation, their license can be suspended or revoked pursuant to Vehicle Code section 13202.7.
What are the best ways for parents to avoid a violation of the compulsory education laws?
- When your child is ill, either bring the child to school to have the illness verified by school personnel/school nurse or take the child to a health care provider for verification and obtain written documentation of the illness. Keep a copy of the documentation for yourself.
- Discuss ongoing medical conditions with school personnel and, if necessary, sign a release of information to the school from the doctor.
- Make sure that your child is on time and in school every day.
- Schedule medical and dental appointments after school or on school holidays.
- Seek assistance from a school counselor if you are having problems getting your child to school. They can direct you to resources that will help you.
REGULAR SCHOOL ATTENDANCE IS THE MOST VALUABLE GIFT YOU CAN GIVE YOUR CHILDREN