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Attendance/Tardy & Absence Policy

Attendance/ Tardy Policy

 Student success has a direct correlation with consistent and punctual attendance in class and school related events. Students with good attendance records achieve higher grades, enjoy school more, are more successful in their pursuit of higher education, and are more employable after leaving school. Alliance schools strive to achieve at least a 95% attendance rate each month and for the year.
• California law states that every student shall attend school punctually and regularly and conform to the regulations of the school. It is ACRPS policy that students attend class regularly; that work missed because of school related activities or illness must be promptly made-up; that truancy is unacceptable; and that other absences approved by the parent be minimized or avoided whenever possible.

C.C.R. Title 5, Section 306 – A principal or teacher may require satisfactory explanation from the parent or guardian of a pupil, either in person or by written note, whenever the pupil is absent a part or all of a school day or tardy.

A pupil shall be excused from school when the absence is:
  • Due to his or her illness
  • Due to quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer
  • For the purpose of having medical, dental, optometric or chiropractic services rendered.
  • 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 California.
  • For the purpose of jury duty in the manner provided for by law.
  • Due to the illness or medical appointment during school hours of a child of whom the pupil is the custodial parent.
  • 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 or attendance at an employment conference when the pupil’s absence has been requested in writing by the parent or guardian and approved by the principal or a designated representative.
  • For the purpose of serving as a member of a precinct board for an election pursuant to Section 12302 of the Election Code.
  • A pupil absent from school for the above excused reasons shall be allowed to complete all assignments and tests missed during the absence that can reasonably be provided and, upon satisfactory completion, shall be given full credit. The teacher of any class from which a pupil is absent shall determine what assignments the pupil shall make up and in what period of time the pupil shall complete such assignments. The tests and assignments shall be reasonably equivalent to, but not necessarily identical to, the tests and assignments that the pupil missed during the absence.
Any absence for reasons other than those listed as EXCUSED ABSENCES are deemed unexcused. The School
Additionally, students may be absent to attend a religious retreat, not to exceed four hours per semester [Education Code Section 48205(c)].
Such absences are considered excused absences, and pupils so absent are responsible for making up work missed.
The instructional day begins at 7:40 a.m. with the ringing of the warning bell. Students are expected to be in seats ready to engage in the instructional program by 7:45 a.m.
To provide our students with the best possible education, each Alliance campus has adopted a Tolerate No Tardies (TNT) Policy. In the Parent/Student/Staff School Compact which states “students can and will achieve when there is a collaborative effort between staff, administrators, parents and students…” students and parents are expected to plan their time effectively in order for students to arrive to class on time at 7:45 a.m. It is our belief that each child should be entitled to maximum instructional time each day, each period; therefore a tardy policy will be implemented which supports and reinforces our school’s mission. Unexcused tardies to school are cumulative for the duration of one semester with the following consequences in place for tardiness:
1: Warning & Call home
2: Detention & Call Home
3: Detention & Parent Conference
4: Administrative Conference
Under the Tolerate No Tardies Policy a student who arrives at school after the 7:45 a.m. bell is considered tardy. All tardy students should report to the office for a tardy slip. A tardy may be excused ONLY with written verification from a parent/guardian upon THE STUDENT'S ARRIVAL AT SCHOOL or if a parent accompanies his/her child into the school building to sign him/her in with a valid excuse. A student with an UNEXCUSED tardy will be issued detention.