Philosophy:Santa BarbaraHigh School staff and students work together to create an
atmosphere of accountability and responsibility.Every staff member must be accountable for
consistent and accurate attendance.Every student will make choices that demonstrate the values of
accountability and prompt, consistent attendance.The Santa BarbaraHigh School
policy is intended to promote attendance in class as the highest priority.When a student is absent, it is not possible
to recreate activities that take place in classes on the day a student is
absent.Labs, lectures, discussions, and
demonstrations cannot be repeated for individual students.
The primary responsibility
of the student is to be in class to maximize his/her opportunities for
success.Excessive tardiness and
absences have a direct correlation to poor student performance and are
detrimental to the learning environment.Parents, students, teachers and administrators all have a shared responsibility
to ensure that a quality education is priority.Santa
attendance policy is directed toward achieving that goal, and allows for
adequate flexibility to provide for a reasonable degree of tardiness and
Attendance Policy: Students
will be dropped from a class when they have accumulated ten (10) tardies or five
(5) truant absences.
Tardiness:It is the responsibility of the student to
be on time to all classes.Seven minutes
are allowed for students to pass from one class to another.Teachers will make the determination
regarding excused or unexcused classroom tardies.Exceptions will be made by administration
decision only.While Ed Code allows for
up to 30 minutes late, instructors are not responsible for providing make up
for students who are habitually tardy.
Truancies:A student is truant when absent from school
or a class without permission of the school or parent.Truant students will be assigned two hours of
discipline for each hour of school missed and may be cited by the Police.No make-up work is permitted. Students may
not leave school without being checked out by the Attendance or Health office.
Absences:All unexcused tardies and absences will be dealt with in the same manner
as truancy.It is the responsibility
of the parent/guardian to notify the school within 72 hours of an absence by
either a telephone call or a note to the attendance office.Students who are absent for most of the
school day due to illness, will not be permitted on campus to attend a class,
take a test or turn in a paper/homework.Absent students who are seen on campus are considered truant.
Information for parents:
Telephone for reporting student absences: 966-9101 ext 257 or 965-6138 ext 999 (English) I ext
888 (Spanish).A Spanish version of the
entire Attendance Policy is available in the office by request.California Law requires 180 days of annual
school attendance.Students are required
to attend school unless they have parental permission to be absent.
Absences, Excused: Illness,
dentist or doctor appointments normally will be excused with parent
verification.A verification of an
appointment by the doctor or dentist (i.e., doctor’s stamp, receipt, etc., but
NOT a doctor signature) must also be presented when the student returns to
school.Full credit in the class will be
given upon completion of make-up work or tests.Students must see their instructor for the time limit for make-up
work and/or tests.
(not ill): These are absences due to death in family, religious,
and educational instruction.Absences
for reasons such as court appearance, college visits, or family trips MUST be
given prior approval by school administration before student is absent from
school.Notice must be received no
later than two weeks before absence begins.Full credit will be given upon completion of make-up work or tests.Students must see their instructor for the
time limit for make-up work and/or tests.
Illness or Injury
During School: A student who feels too ill to continue school must
obtain a pass from his/her teacher to report to the Health Office.Failure to report to back class or to the
Health Office will be considered truancy.
Off Campus Passes:Requests by a parent for a student to visit a
doctor, dentist or other appointment should be made prior to the appointment
time.The student must bring a note,
stating the time it will be necessary for the student to leave campus.The note must be submitted to the Attendance
Office before 7:45 a.m. or during lunch.When returning from the appointment, verification from the
doctor/dentist (doctor’s stamp, receipt, etc., but NOT a doctor signature) will
18 Year Old Waiver: In order
for 18 year old students to sign their own notes, a parent waiver must be on
file in the Attendance Office.
Make-up Procedure: Students
shall "make-up" assignments and tests during the time allotted by the
make-up procedure.Students will have
only one opportunity to do so unless extreme circumstances, as verified by the
Attendance Office, cause further absence on the "make-up" deadline
date.Make-up work shall be reasonably
equivalent to, but not necessarily identical to, the work missed during the
excused absence.The student must
initiate the process.
Phone Messages: The main
objective of a school is to educate the student.In order to do that, the student must be in
class.When a student is called out of
class to receive phone messages that are not an extreme emergency or can really
wait until the student gets home it becomes a disruption to the education of
the student. Neither staff nor students have time to deliver or receive
messages. Please have your child call you at lunch to see if there has been
a change in that day’s schedule.Public
phones are located at the front of the campus.
Responsibilities and Guidelines
Full Day Absences:
Full day absences must be
cleared within 72 hours.
A student can clear a full
day absence by:
a.Having a parent
call the school to report the full day absence within 72 hours.
return, the student can bring a note to school signed by the parent, clearing
Students returning to school
after an absence, with a note from a parent, can drop the note off at the
attendance office for verification.
Students returning to school
after an absence whose parents have called to excuse the absence can go
straight to first or second period.
All Absences not cleared
within 72 hours of the absence will be considered truant absences and assignments will not be made up for credit.Students will automatically be dropped
from classes with five (5) truant absences.Parents will be notified by phone and by mail regarding truant absences.
leaving campus for any reason throughout the normal school day must check out
through the attendance office.
A student may check out
during the day if:
They have a signed note by the parent stating the
reason for leaving and the time required to check out.The note must have a parent signature
and a phone number to verify the reason.If the student is leaving for medical reasons, i.e. doctors,
dentist, etc., the note must have the doctors name so the appointment can
A parent phones the attendance office and checks
the student out.
Students leaving campus for
any reason must sign out at the attendance office.
Students must sign in at the
attendance office when they return to campus.
Students must be in school
all day in order to practice or participate in a game, practice, rehearsal or
performance.Requests for exceptions
must be made through the appropriate Assistant Principal.
leaving campus for any reason and not checking out through the attendance will
be considered truant for that particular class period.A parent phone call will not clear a truant
absence when a student has left campus without authorization.
Arriving Late to School:
All students must sign in (signature and arrival time) at the attendance office
before going to class.A note signed by
his/her parent or a phone call must be received within 72 hours in order to
clear the absence.
Formal Truancy Intervention and Parent Accountability
will include assigned SaturdaySchool, lunch detention,
or any similar consequences as deemed appropriate by school
to parents via written letter
parent and student
DA Social worker
Social Worker post-
and Informal probation,
SARB Board Leads to Court: Formal probation and/or prosecution of