Attendance Policies and Procedures
In order to maximize your highest academic achievement in high school, students need to have daily and on-time class attendance. California law states that absences are excused only if there is an excuse which meets the requirements of Education Code Section 48205 as follows: illness, medical/dental appointment, student court appearance, or the funeral of an immediate family member. Absences from school for any other reason will be considered unexcused. Notes are requested to verify medical, optical, and dental appointments. Please schedule appointments after school or on non-school days as much as possible.
All students arriving late/tardy to school must have either a parent/guardian call 916-566-2725 ex. 65939 or send a note to the attendance office explaining the late arrival. Parents and guardians have 5 days to clear absences and tardies. It is the responsibility of the student to take the note signed by the parent to the attendance office and then report directly to class.
Late (under 29 minutes)/Tardy (30 minutes or more): Students must be in their seat, in the locker room, or at their work station before bell rings. All students must check in at the office and receive a late pass to class. Being late for class will result in the following:
- 1st & 2nd offenses: warning
- 3rd & 4th offense: lunch detention
- 5th offense: Friday School
- 6 or more: Meeting with student and parent/guardian to address attendance concerns
Rio Linda High School within Twin Rivers Unified School District adheres to California’s compulsory education laws. EC Section 48260 (a): Any pupil subject to compulsory full-time education or compulsory continuation education who is absent from school without valid excuse three full days in one school year or tardy or absent for more than 30-minute period during the school day without a valid excuse on three occasions in one school year, or any combination thereof, is a truant and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor or the superintendent of the school district.
Truancy Letters are generated based on students accruing absences and/or tardies (all day and period absences) which are considered unexcused as follows:
- 1st notification of truancy = 3 unexcused absences/tardies (late 30 minutes or more) and/or 3 period absences and/or tardies on 3 separate days
- 2nd notification of truancy = 6 unexcused absences/tardies (late 30 minutes or more) and/or tardies on 6 separate days will result in a Group Conference Meeting or individual School Review Team (SART) meeting to discuss attendance concerns with the student and parent/guardian.
- Habitual Truancy Notice = 9 unexcused absences/tardies (late 30 minutes or more) and/or 9 period absences and/or tardies on 9 separate days. The Habitual Truancy Notice will be sent after a Group Conference Meeting or School Attendance Review Team (SART) meeting is held to address unexcused absences and/or tardies. Medical verification is required for any future absences and/or tardies due to illness or medical appointment after the Habitual Truancy Notice is sent.
Excessive Absence Letters are generated based on students accruing absences and/or tardies (all day and period absences) which are excused as follows:
- First Excessive Excused absence/tardy notice is sent to parents after students have accrued 5 days and/or 5 period absences/tardies
- Second Excessive Excused absence/tardy notice is sent to parents after students have accrued 5 more days and/or 5 period absences/tardies
- A Group Conference Meeting or School Attendance Review Team (SART) meeting is held with school staff to address excessive excused absences and/or tardies. Medical verification is required for all future absences and/or tardies due to illness by MD, PA, RN, and FNP. If no medical verification is provided, absences/tardies will be considered unexcused which may initiate truancy status.
Closed Campus: Students leaving campus without prior permission from the attendance office or with a ROP badge will be subject to disciplinary action and/or loss of school events and activities. Students who leave campus and return with food may have their items confiscated.