Report All Day Absence

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Every day missed puts your student more than 2 days behind his/her classmates.  Please keep your child home only when absolutely necessary.

Consider, too, that California school funding is based on actual student attendance, NOT student enrollment or reason for being absent.  We receive funding only when students are present at school.                                  

HOW TO REPORT AN ALL-DAY ABSENCE

Parent or guardian calls the attendance voicemail line at 760.290.2830 or emails attendance at semsattendance@smusd.org in the morning or the night before to give all necessary information, to include:                                  

  • Name of student (with spelling of the last name)
  • Date(s) of absence
  • Specific reason of absence           
  • Name of person calling and relationship to student

Excused absences are those due to an illness, a medical appointment, a court appearance, a death in the family, or a religious holiday.

Please notify us each day that your student is absent!

Per California state law, each absence from school must be reported to the Attendance Office by a parent/guardian within 72 hours of occurrence or it will be considered an unexcused absence.

Repeated unexcused absences for all or part of the school day, including absences from school without knowledge or consent of parents and/or unexcused tardiness, constitutes truancy under State Education Codes 48260-48273.  Students who have 3 or more unexcused absences, tardies, or truancies from school may be referred to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB) for official and/or legal intervention.

Direct all messages regarding absences and/or tardies to the Attendance office rather than to your student's teacher(s).  While you may certainly take the extra step to notify the teacher(s), it is in Attendance that all record-keeping takes place.

Attendance is important!!

Send your student to school-- on time--every day!