Happy Camp High School

Attendance Policy

 

1.     ATTENDANCE:  Students who miss class for any reason other than a school function, Independent Study, or a verifiable reason as listed below, are subject to the loss of credit as well as the reduction of grades. Students with an excused absence are required to make up all work missed. The California Ed. Code lists the following eight reasons as the only reasons for excused absences.

a.     Due to the student’s illness

b.     Due to quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer

c.     For the purpose of having a medical, dental, optometrical, or chiropractic service rendered

d.     For the purpose of attending the funeral services of a member of his or her immediate family, so long as the absence is not more than one day if the service is conducted in California and not more than three days if the service is conducted outside of California

e.     For the purpose of jury duty in the manner provided for by law

f.      Due to the illness or medical appointment during school hours of a child of whom the pupil is the custodial parent

g.     For justifiable personal reasons, including, but not limited to, an appearance in court, attendance at a funeral service, observance of a holiday or ceremony of his or her religion, attendance at religious retreats, attendance at an employment conference, or attendance at an educational conference on the legislative or judicial process offered by a nonprofit organization when the pupil’s absence is requested in writing by the parent or guardian and approved by the principal or a designated representative pursuant to uniform standards established by the governing board

h.     For the purpose of serving as a member of a precinct board for an election pursuant to Section 12302 of the Elections Code

 

A pupil absent from school under this section shall be allowed to complete all assignments and tests missed during the absence that can be reasonably provided and, upon satisfactory completion within a reasonable period of time, shall be given full credit. The teacher of the class from which a pupil is absent shall determine which tests and assignments shall be reasonably equivalent to, but not necessarily identical to, the tests and assignments that the pupil missed during the absence.

For purposes of this section, attendance at religious retreats shall not exceed four hours per semester

The school reserves the right to require independent verification of the reason for absences regardless of the age of the student or the length of the absence.

All absences other than those listed in 1-8 above will be considered unexcused and the student will be subject to disciplinary action.

2.     MAKE UP & CREDIT:Students who miss class for any of the above reasons will be offered a chance to make up work missed. AT THE TEACHER’S DISCRETION, MAKEUP WORK WILL BE IN ADDITION TO THE WORK DONE BY OTHER STUDENTS IN THE CLASS. Students must follow the procedures below in order to not be penalized for the absence.

a.     The student checks into the attendance office immediately upon returning to school.

b.     The student has in their possession when they check in a note verifying that the absence was for one of the reason listed in Part 1, Sections “a” through “h” above.

c.     The student turns in all required make up work in addition to homework when it is due. As a general rule, students will be given one day to make up the work missed in one day, two days for a two day absence, etc. In case of extended absences, parents or students should contact the school to make special arrangements for make up.

d.     IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO CONTACT THE TEACHER TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR MAKE UP WORK.

3.     LOSS OF CREDIT:Students who miss classes for any reasons, other than the above, or fail to satisfactorily complete the make up work will be given an UNEXCUSED absence and will be subject to a loss of credit, a lowering of their academic grade and possible disciplinary action.

4.     SUSPENSIONS:Students who are suspended will be given an UNEXCUSED absence and will be subject to a loss of credit and/or a lowering of their academic grade.

DEPARTURE FROM SCHOOL

No student shall be excused from school during regular school hours, which includes break, without a written NOTE or verbal permission from the parent or guardian. Students must sign out through the office.

If a student becomes ill at school and the parent cannot be reached, school personnel will take care of the ill student.  If the illness becomes severe, a doctor will be contacted.

PARTIAL DAY ATTENDANCE and ACADEMIC RESPONSIBILITIES

A student who is in attendance for any part of a school day is responsible for submitting work due in any and all classes on the students' schedule that day.

TARDIES

Tardiness will affect grades.  Students may be assigned detention for tardiness.  30 minutes will be assigned for tardiness during the first 10 minutes of class, and 60 minutes for tardiness after 10 minutes late and 90 minutes for any cut.

DETENTION

Students may be assigned detention for misbehavior, tardiness, or truancy.

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE REVIEW BOARD CONTRACTS (SARB)

Repeated truancy and/or other disciplinary problems will result in a referral to the School Attendance Review Board. The school will monitor all SARB contracts.

ATHLETE’S SCHOOL ATTENDANCE

The athlete must be in full attendance on the day before and on the day of a game.  If an athlete does not attend all classes on both days, he/she will not attend or play in the game.  For Saturday games, a student must be in attendance in all classes on Friday.

Funerals, dental appointments, religious activities, and doctor’s appointments are possible exceptions, subject to the interpretation by the administration.

Disciplinary Action:The athlete is expected to arrive on time for practice.  If an athlete is late to practice or has an unexcused absence or tardy, he/she may be subject to disciplinary action.