ATTENDANCE REMINDER FOR PARENTS / GUARDIANS

Gardenhill Elementary School

It is your responsibility to notify the school office when your child is absent, or coming in tardy. Even if you’ve told your child’s teacher, you must notify the office.

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Absences - Please call the school office (562) 944-6128 the day your child is absent. Let the office know your child’s name, the classroom, and the reason for the absence. Send a note when he / she return to school. Each child needs their own note.  Add the child’s first and last name, room number or teacher, date of absence (include the year), reason for the absence, and the name of the person verifying. The reason we ask for the phone call, is to let us know they are safe with you that day, and the absence does not become a truancy for non verification. We ask for the note for our audit reports. Send any e-mail verifications to cmcdonnell@nlmusd.k12.ca.us with “Attendance Note” in the subject line. If your child has a medical appointment, please obtain a note from the doctor / dentist for the school office. The doctor / dental office may also fax the note. (562) 944-8188. If your child has excessive absences, a letter will be sent home and District SART will be notified. Your child could be place on an attendance contract.

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Unverified Absences - All unverified absences will become a Truancy after 10 days. They cannot be changed after the 10th day. Please verify all absences with the school office.

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Vacations - If your child is going on vacation while school is in session, please let the school office and the child’s teacher know the dates he / she will be gone, in advance. NOTE: Your child’s attendance record will be marked as a Parent Violation. If your child will be gone for two weeks or more, he / she will be checked out of the school and you will have to re-enroll your child when you return. Your child may not get the same teacher, and in some cases, may not get back into the same school. Truancy letters will be sent home, and District SART will be notified after 3 Parent Violations.

4.   - If your child arrives at school after the start bell, he / she is tardy.

TardiesArrival at 8:16am is a tardy. Students need to be with their teachers by 8:15. If your child is late, please have him / her sign in at the school office before going to the classroom. If your child arrives at school 30 minutes or more after the start of school, the office will need a doctor / dental note or phone call from the parent stating that the child was ill, to excuse the tardy. If your child has excessive tardies, a letter will be sent home, and District SART will be notified. Your child could be place on an attendance contract where he/she will have to sign in at the school office at 8:00am.

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Taking Your Child Out Of School Early During School Hours - Your child must be signed out in the school office by parent / guardian, or person listed on the student’s emergency form 18 years of age or older. If your child has a medical appointment, please send a doctor / dental note to the school office when he / she return, to excuse that partial day absence. This partial day absence is recorded in the absence column of your child’s report card. If your child has excessive partial day absences, a letter will be sent home, and District SART will be notified. Your child could be placed on an attendance contract.

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 ADA Funding – The school district DOES NOT receive funding from the State for students who are absent from school FOR ANY REASON.  In order for our district to receive money, your child must be on campus for either the whole day, or a portion of the day. If your child has an appointment, please try to bring him / her to school either before the appointment, or after the appointment, so we may receive our funding.

In order for us to achieve our academic goals, we ask for your support insuring that your child’s school experience is a positive one.

Thank you.

Attendance Office