Build the Habit of Strong Attendance Early

Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success, starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life. The following flyers have attendance facts and some helpful habits to put in place as a family.

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Learn more about the importance of strong attendance habits by visiting the Attendance Works website.

Good Attendance Graphic by Attendance Works

Absence Reporting

Call the office staff at (916) 567-5600 to report all absences. All absences must be cleared within 3 days.

It is important that children be trained to be punctual and regular in attendance beginning with the first day of school. Parents who encourage their child/children to arrive to school on time, attend school each day, and remain the full day will encourage a positive learning experience for their child.

  • Monthly Celebrations to support perfect attendance.
  • Perfect Attendance = present every day with no tardies and remain the full day.

The State of California has set up certain requirements regarding attendance. Each student and their parents are held responsible for meeting these requirements. The State requires each student to be in school unless their absence is excused.

A student shall be excused from school for justifiable personal reasons, including, but not limited to, illness, medical or counseling appointments, an appearance in court, observance of a holiday or ceremony of his/her religion, attendance at religious retreats or an employment conference, when the pupil’s absence has been requested in writing by the parent or guardian and approved by the principal or designated representative. Students absent under this section are allowed to make up assignments and tests missed during the absence (E.C. 48205).

Unexcused absences include:

  • Visiting relatives and friends
  • Having guests from out of town
  • Oversleeping
  • Bad weather
  • Illness of parent or family member
  • Missed bus
  • Other Transportation problems
  • Vacation

If you must sign a student out early for an appointment, the following rules apply:

  • Parent/Guardian must come to the office to sign student out
  • Parent/Guardian will be given a permission slip to pick student up from classroom
  • Contact the office staff by phone or note if anyone other than parent/guardian will be signing student out early

Note: Emergency contacts are not permitted to sign a student out without prior contact from the parent/guardian.

When a student is absent (unexcused) or late (unexcused) more than 30 minutes, three or more times it is considered truancy.

Habitual truancy will result in:

  • Teacher conference
  • Administrator conference
  • Referrals to School Attendance Review Board (SARB)

Available for students who will be out of school five (5) or more days Independent Study Contracts (IS) allow students who will be absent the ability to get credit as if attending school. To request an Independent Study Contract:

  • Fill out the request form located in the school office
  • Submit to office no less than five (5) days in advance

All schoolwork must be turned in to the student’s teacher on the FIRST day back to school after the contract period or the contract will be invalidated and the student’s absences will be unexcused.

One of the options listed on the student referral form is “Referral to SARB.” The main responsibility of the School Attendance Review Board (SARB) is to promote good school attendance and behavior through the use of alternatives to the Juvenile Court system. This process brings together parents, students, school personnel and community agencies to help solve student attendance and/or behavior problems. The SARB coordinates community services and designs remedies for students under school authority, or who are in danger of becoming habitually truant, irregular in attendance, insubordinate, disorderly, or who have exhausted the school’s resources.

It is within the jurisdiction of SARB to ask that petitions be filed on behalf of minors in theCounty Juvenile Court if–

  • SARB determines that available public and private services are insufficient or inappropriate to correct the insubordination or habitual truancy of a minor
  • The minor does not follow SARB’s directions or use the services provided
  • The action of the Juvenile Court will result in the student’s improved attendance or behavior

A student must be in school to learn. In addition, punctuality and good attendance are attributes that lead to successful performance in all walks of life. The Natomas UnifiedSchool District will follow these procedures to ensure that attendance and punctuality are encouraged on all of its campuses.

  • The office staff or classroom teacher will verify each student absence.
  • On the third unexcused absence or tardy of 30 minutes or more (or combination of tardy and absence,) a “notification of truancy” letter will be sent to the parent/guardian.
  • On the fourth unexcused absence or tardy of 30 minutes or more (or combination), a second “notification of truancy” letter will be sent. A site level SARB meeting will be scheduled when reasonable.
  • On the fifth unexcused absence or tardy of 30 minutes or more (or combination), another “notice of truancy” letter will be sent. A District-level School AttendanceReview Board meeting will be scheduled.
  • If the contract of the District S.A.R.B. meeting is not upheld, the case will be referred to the North Area School Attendance Review Board.