Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes on a daily basis. Absence from class is excused for illness, medical appointments, and funerals for members of the immediate family. Other absences that are valid, with prior approval, include unavoidable family travel, court appearance, and school activities. Absences that are not valid include cutting school, oversleeping, working, baby-sitting, DMV appointments, personal business and unverified illness. Consequences for violations will be administered. Parents may not excuse students to leave the classroom except for a valid appointment.
Reasons for student absences are to be verified by a phone call (530) 677-2281 x2230 or x2215 or a note brought to the attendance office within 48 hours. Parents, doctors, or school officials may verify absences. Students, who have attained the age of eighteen years, after an interview with the Assistant Principal, may verify their own absences. The school may request additional verification when deemed necessary. Absence verification should include the following information:
first and last name of the student
reason for the absence
name and relationship of the person verifying the absence
Two (2) school days will be allowed to make up each day's excused absence. Students absent for school-sponsored activities may be required by the teacher to make up the work before the absence. A student absent on the day of a test may be required to take the test on the day of his/her return. If the absence falls on the day an assignment is due, and the student had prior knowledge of the assignment, the student may be required to submit that assignment upon the day of his/her return. If sufficient make up time is not possible prior to the grading period, the teacher may issue and "I" (Incomplete) grade until such time as the work is completed. A maximum of four weeks after the grading period is allowed for such make up work. The student is responsible for arranging for make up work.
2nd tardy: Student/teacher conference with teacher-imposed consequence. Parent contact is encouraged. Parents can be phoned, parent notification cards sent, or other methods of communication used.
3rd tardy: Teacher assigned detention. This detention is to be served with the individual teacher or in the school sponsored detention. If the teacher chooses to use the school-sponsored detention, send a referral to the office. Teacher will issue detention slip directly to the student.
4th tardy: Teacher or office assigned detention (two hours). If the teacher chooses to use the school-sponsored detention, send a referral to the office.
If your student gets ill during class time, they must go to the health office. If needed, the student will be checked out through the health office not the attendance office. If your student contacts you directly, please instruct them to go to the health office.
If your student is absent from school, homework should be requested directly from their teacher. You can email your student's teachers using the teacher's first initial and last name @eduhsd.net or from the Ponderosa website go to the 'Students' tab, then click on 'Teacher Websites'.
When a student has repeated absences for unacceptable reason, the student will be considered a "habitual truant". This may result in a referral to the Student Attendance Review Board (SARB), or the filing of an application for petition with the El Dorado County Probation Department, or a complaint may be filed against the parent in the Justice Court. Habitual truancy constitutes grounds for an involuntary transfer to an alternative school.
Good attendance is a prerequisite to satisfactory job performance. The same holds true for school. Class time missed cannot be fully replaced with make up assignments. Students who are absent, for any reason, more than 20 percent of the time should not expect to pass the class.
Students who will be unable to attend school due to an illness or accident for an extended period of time (usually in excess of two weeks) should contact the Counseling Department to arrange for a home/hospital teacher.
When checking out, your student must come to the Attendance Office window with his/her note, before school, during break, or at lunch to obtain a pass The note must include his/her NAME,GRADE, TIME, DATE AND REASON for dismissal. Failing to check out properly will result in a referral with an assigned detention. After obtaining a pass, the student is considered to be "checked out" and can then leave campus at the time shown on the pass.
Student athletes must attend over 50% of their school day on the day of a game or practice in order to participate. Athletes are expected to attend all classes and be prompt. Unexcused absences from classes during the season may result in forfeiture of practice or games.
During final exams and standardized testing we cannot interrupt classes to deliver passes. The ONLY way to check your student out of class during this time is to have them bring a note to the attendance office before class starts or during break. We will issue them a pass to leave after they have finished testing.