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For all matters having to do with attendance,

please call the DIRECT ATTENDANCE LINE – 949-766-6020


Absences - Full Day/Partial Day

Please follow the procedures outlined below when your student is absent from school for any reason.

If the student is to be absent for part of or all of any school day(s), call the Attendance Office BEFORE 8:00 a.m. on the day of the absence (Direct Attendance Line 949-766-6020). Provide the following information to the Attendance Clerk:

  • Student's name (Please SPELL last name) and grade
  • Reason for absence
  • Relationship to student
  • Parent's phone number should confirmation be necessary


Full day absence is defined as missing an entire school day. Partial day absence is defined as missing one or more periods during any part of the school day. If you have called your student in absent for the entire school day, and they end up coming to school that same day, please call the attendance office with the time your student will be arriving at school and have the student report to the Attendance Office upon arrive to the school.


Failure to follow the above-mentioned procedures may result in the days absent being recorded as "Unexcused". Schoolwork, assignments, and/or tests missed because of an unexcused absence may not be made up so it is imperative that parents call the Attendance Office every day a student is absent from school.



Attendance and Participation at Extracurricular Athletic/Activities Events

In order for students to be eligible to participate in any school athletic event (practice or competition) and/or activity on a given day, they must be in school by 10:00 a.m. A late night school-sponsored event is no excuse for missing school the following day.


Readmittance Procedures

Upon returning to school after a full day absence, a student will not have to obtain a readmit and may report directly to class if a parent/guardian called the Attendance Office on the day(s) of the absence.


Students will have to obtain a readmit for the following situations:

  • Students must obtain a readmit prior to the start of the school day if there has been no call to the attendance office reporting an absence
  • Students must obtain a readmit if they come to school after the start of the school day
  • Students must obtain a readmit if they leave campus and return on the same day.


 A prolonged absence (3 or more days) may require a note from a doctor’s Office for readmittance to school.