The importance of regular attendance cannot be over emphasized. A child must be in school every day that he/she is physically able. It is extremely difficult to keep up with class work successfully if attendance is irregular. Truancy notices will be sent. A Student Attendance Review Team meeting will be held with the principal if a student has excessive absences or tardies. Continued absences will result in a referral to a Student Attendance Review Board meeting at the Antioch Unified School District office with the parent/guardian.
- Absences: Regular attendance is imperative for academic success. However, if a child is going to be absent or late to school, parents are requested to either call the school or send a note of verification when the child returns. (The State of California requires verification of all school absences). All absences must be cleared within 24 hours. Please feel free to call our 24 hour absence line number at 925.779.7621. Please include in your message: your child’s name, your name, the student’s teacher, reason for absence and phone number where you can be reached. If a family vacation is planned during the school year, please contact the office to arrange for an Independent Study Contract. The vacation/absence must be five or more days, not to exceed ten days, to qualify. This contract must be requested at least five days in advance of leaving. For more detailed information, please review the AUSD attendance policy in the AUSD parent/student handbook.
- Arrival to School and Dismissal: Students are not to arrive before 8:00 am unless they are having breakfast since there is no supervision. Please car pool or arrange child care so children can be dropped off or arrive after 8:00 a.m. When students arrive, they are to wait in the courtyard area only. For kindergarten students, an adult must stay with their child until the teacher opens the door for class to begin. We appreciate our parents’ help in reinforcing these procedures. Students are to line up. Students arriving after school begins, are considered tardy. Students miss valuable instructional time by arriving late. A student arriving after school starts, must go to the office for a tardy pass.
- All students not picked up after school by 3:00 p.m. are asked to report to the office to call for a ride. Students will remain in the office since there is no adult supervision after school on the playground. Staff will contact Child Protective Services and/or the Antioch Police Department if a student is not picked up prior to the office closure. If students are continually picked up late from school, staff has no choice but to involve the Police Department and Child Protective Services.
- Leaving School Early: Students are not permitted to leave the school grounds at any time during the school day without permission from the school office. A request to have a child excused from class early should be sent to school with the child on the morning of the early dismissal. The time and reason for leaving should be included. When possible, medical and dental appointments should be made outside of school hours. Students may only be signed out and picked up in the office by the parent/guardian or an adult who is listed on the emergency card. A child will only be released to the parent guardian or persons’ listed on the emergency card unless the parent/guardian has granted permission for someone else to pick up their child.
To report an absence please call 925-779-7450