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Attendance Policy

Why is School Attendance Important? (Two reasons!)

  1. The staff members of UCHS are committed to the belief that attendance plays a major role in the overall development of each student. Daily attendance is identified as possibly the most essential requirement for every student. Success in school and in future academic goals can be achieved only by daily participation in class.
  1. In addition, paying for teachers, staff, lights, and the building is contingent on students attending school. The school/district receives roughly $47 dollars per day for each student attending school. If a student misses school, whether for illness or for any other excuse, the school/district does not earn the $47 dollar allotment. Last year, while the attendance rate was better for the school (approximately 96%), the three percent loss was a loss to the school/district of over $609,120.

Attendance is the Student's Responsibility:

What is not considered a reason for a cleared absence:

▪▪ Out of town family vacations, family reunions, etc.

▪▪ Any personal appointment that can be scheduled for after school hours or on the weekend

If a student is to be absent from school, his/her parent or guardian is to CALL the ATTENDANCE OFFICE (619) 605-2800 each day of the absence. Any absence, which has not been cleared within five days, will be recorded as unexcused. Upon a student's third unexcused absence, student shall be classified as truant. If a student arrives after the school day has begun, he/she must report to the ATTENDANCE OFFICE for a pass to class. Missed bus, oversleeping, etc., with or without parent notification, will not be an excused tardy. After twenty-five minutes the student will be considered truant.

San Diego Unified School District Permits schools to conduct a "Success School" (CASSAS) which allows students to make up missed instructional days and enables schools to recover lost revenue. By participating, your child will have the opportunity to receive academic support and make up lost assignments. Students must clear their attendance in order to participate in UC High school's ASB dances, Prom, and graduation ceremony as explained in the student/parent handbook.

For each Saturday attended, the student will clear one day of absence, or six period absences or six tardies.

Attendance codes:

"K" Attended Success School (one full day)

"Y" Cleared tardies ( 30 minutes)

"Q" Cleared Period Absence (1 hour)

Blue Slip for Students Leaving School for an Appointment:

If a student is to be excused for a medical or personal appointment, his/her parent/guardian must call and verify the time the student is to be released. If a note is written, it must include the reason for leaving, the date and time, the parent signature and a PHONE NUMBER where the parent can be reached for verification. Release from class must be given to the attendance office before school starts on the day of, or days before the expected release day or time from school.

STUDENTS MUST COME TO THE ATTENDANCE OFFICE FOR A BLUE SLIP BEFORE LEAVING CAMPUS. STUDENTS LEAVING CAMPUS WITHOUT FIRST RECEIVING A BLUE SLIP WILL BE MARKED TRUANT AND

PARENTS CAN NOT EXCUSE THESE ABSENCES AFTER THE FACT. To maintain fewer interruptions to instruction, Blue Slips will not be delivered to class.

Students Leaving Town and Will Not be in School for 5 or More Days:

Contract of Independent Study (CIS)-Form needed for homework must be obtained one week before out of town trips are taken and is only needed for absences of 5 or more days. Absence will not be excused unless homework is completed and signed off by teachers.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS REGARDING ATTENDANCE PROCEDURES, PLEASE COME

University City High School

Tardy and Absence Recovery Procedures

Classroom teachers are responsible for accurately entering tardies and absences into PowerSchool. It is vital that teachers take accurate attendance throughout the day.

In order to attend the school sponsored dances, prom and participate in the graduation ceremony, a student cannot have tardies or unexcused absences.

UCHS offers the following opportunities to clear a student's attendance:

Option 1: Lunch (Tardies only)

Student serves Instructional lunch with teacher where tardy was earned. The teacher will fill out the UC Attendance Google Doc indicating the student name, date and time, and instructional tasks completed during lunch. By the end of the six week grading period, the tardy code (T) will be changed to tardy recovered (Y) for each lunch served. A new sheet will be started for the next six week progress period. . After the grading period, students must attend CASSAS (See option 3) to recover the tardies.

Lunch Make-It-Right will be held in the ROOM 427 Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:42-12:12. Students may bring their lunch and any make-up assignments to work on. Students may bring reading materials, books, magazines, dictionaries, thesauruses, etc.

NO ELECTRONICS will be allowed, no sleeping, and no talking.

REMEMBER: Make-it-Right is NOT required; it is an opportunity for students to clear attendance!

One lunch Make-It-Right clears 1 tardy.

Option 2: After School (Tardies only)

Student serves Instructional time afterschool with teacher where tardy was earned. The teacher will fill out the UC Attendance Google Doc indicating the student name, date and time, and instructional tasks completed. By the end of the six week grading period, the tardy code (T) will be changed to tardy recovered (Y) for each 30 minutes served. A new sheet will be started for the next six week progress period. After the grading period, students must attend CASSAS (See option 3) to recover the tardies.

After school Make-It-Right will be held in Room 427 Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-3:00 beginning in October. Students must bring homework assignments to work on. Students may bring reading materials, books, magazines, a dictionary, and thesaurus,

NO ELECTRONICS will be allowed, no sleeping, and no talking.

REMEMBER: Make-it-Right is NOT required; it is an opportunity for students to clear attendance!

One after school Make-It-Right clears 1 tardy.

Option 3: Core Academy: Supporting Student Achievement Success (CASSAS) Saturday School)(Absences and Tardies

CASSAS provides students the opportunity to recover missed instructional days while receiving academic instruction and support. Core Academy classes are taught by a certificated instructor and allow students, and schools, to recover lost attendance. Core Academy is held on Saturdays 8am to 12noon in the UCHS Media Center (unless otherwise notified).

Enrichment classes such as field trips, AP/SAT preparation, cooking, and organized club practices are just a few of the many opportunities that may be offered. Teachers will be posting the classes they will offer - all students will have the opportunity to sign-up for these offerings.

A complete breakfast meal will be provided. Breakfast meals are provided at no cost to students certified "free or reduced-price" status. Students in a "paid" status will be charged $1.00 and must have money in their cafeteria account.

One Success School Day clears one full day of unexcused absences (codes changed to K), four period absences (Codes changed to Q) or six tardies (codes changed to Y).

2019-2020 dates for CASSAS Saturday School:

October 5, 12, 19

November 2, 16

December 7, 14

January 11

February 1, 8, 29

March 7, 14, 21

April 11, 18, 25

May 2, 9, 16, 30

Students must sign up on line to guarantee a seat by visiting the school website, student life tab, CASSAS in the drop down menu.

Students with more than three hours of unexcused absences and/or tardies will receive a monthly attendance slip explaining the three options to recover opportunities. The parents/guardians will receive an email and phone message via the district Messenger weekly with the same information.

Contact Gail Hall, Dean of Attendance and Student Accountability

619-605-2800 ex 2427 or ghall@sandi.net for questions.

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