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Attendance

Attendance Contacts


Attendance Clerk

Magdalena Maciel 728-6390 ext. 6391


Guidance Specialist
 

Pete Galvan 728-6390 ext. 6491


Attendance Policies for WHS

Attendance Policy:

It is a state law that every student attends school every day until the age of 18, or until graduation. To clear an absence a parent/guardian should call 728-6390 ext. 6391 at any time, day or night. Please leave a message for the Attendance Specialist regarding the absence and include the student’s name, I.D. number, and date of birth. Notes from parents/guardians will be accepted in the Attendance office before school, break, at lunch and after school only. Notes will not be accepted during class time unless the student is late for an excused reason. Parents/guardians are encouraged to regularly check student’s attendance. Parents/guardians are encouraged to call the school when notified by the automated phone dialer of their student's absence from a class.

NOTE: IF AN ABSENCE IS NOT CLEARED WITHIN THREE (3) DAYS, IT IS CONSIDERED A CUT. THIS WILL RESULT IN A SATURDAY SCHOOL ASSIGNMENT. CUTS ON YOUR CHILD’S RECORD WILL RESULT IN THE DENIAL OF A WORK PERMIT AND/OR PARTICIPATION IN THE SENIOR GRADUATION ACTIVITIES AND/OR CEREMONY.

Truancy

According to Education Code section 48263.6, a truant is defined as a student who has been absent from school 10% of the school year without a valid excuse. Watsonville City Police or County Sheriff will pick up students who are found off campus without a valid excuse. Students who are declared a truant will be required to attend a Saturday School and referred to the Attendance Guidance Specialist for one or more of the following: student conference, suspension, parent conference with assistant principal, a referral to student services or possible transfer to an alternative education program.

Legal consequences may include, but are not limited to, revoking or delaying access to driver’s license, fines, community service hours, and parents attending school with students. Teachers will refer truant students to the appropriate assistant principal for intervention with parents/guardians.

Tardies

A tardy is defined as any student not in his/her seat/station when the tardy bell rings. Students who have two or more unexcused late arrivals to class within a one week period will be assigned to a detention. If students are 30 minutes or more late, they will be marked absent for that period and the Attendance office will determine if the absence is excused. Un-cleared absences are considered a cut, which will result in a Saturday School assignment. Parents will be notified when students are frequently tardy. No passes will be issued in the first 15 minutes or the last 15 minutes of a class period. Campus supervisors are authorized to detain any student found outside of class and possibly search the student.

Work Permits

Students who do not maintain good attendance will have their work permit revoked. No work permits will be issued for students who have more than 5 cuts per semester or who have not demonstrated a pattern of improved attendance.

BE AWARE: If you miss school for any reason (truancy, suspension, excused or unexcused absence) IT IS ILLEGAL to go to work that day. Students must be at school during the day in order to report to work after school. Employers may be fined up to $5,000 if they allow a student on the job site on a day the student is absent from school.