Procedures for Reporting Absences
School attendance is integral to a student’s academic success. Compulsory attendance in school is legally required for all minors under the age of sixteen and it is the responsibility of the parent to ensure that his/her student attends regularly. Truancy, tardiness, or excessive absences violate this law and can result in the parents or the child being held accountable and penalized by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. Please note, taking your student out of school for family vacations will be considered an unexcused absence.
If your child is absent:
Call your child’s school or email the school’s attendance clerk as soon as possible. You must call each day your child is absent. This is an Education Code requirement. If a phone call has not been made, a written excuse including dates and reasons for absence must be brought to the attendance clerk in the main office before school when the student returns.
If your child must leave early from school:
Please allow enough time for the attendance office to retrieve the message and notify the teacher. Students/parents MUST check out with the attendance clerk before leaving.
If your child is not feeling well during school:
Students are to request a pass from their teacher to go to the health office. Student is not to call guardian/parent from the classroom as this is a cell phone violation.
Examples of excused absences:
Illness, medical appointments, court appearance, school business including field trips and on-campus testing.
Examples of unexcused absences:
Vacations, oversleeping, car trouble, child care, and missed the bus.
If your child cannot attend school for any reason, please call one of the following attendance sick lines at your school:
LBHS: 949-497-7700, Ext. 1203
EL MORRO: 949-376-2227