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Attention to Attendance Slideshow (From 03/08/2024 Meeting)
AHS All Day Absence Line: 925-335-5816
AHS Partial Day/Early Dismissal Line: 925-335-5817

Calling in Excused Absences

All full or partial absences must be reported within 72 hours. Please call the absence line and leave the following information:

  • Student’s name (Please spell the last name out)
  • Reason for absence
  • Date(s) of absence
  • Person and relationship making the call
  • Your best daytime phone number

Absences called after 1pm may not be recorded until the following day and you may receive an automated email/phone call. Please check Aeries Parent Portal to verify before calling.

Students and Teachers have 3 days to correct any absence or tardy errors. Students must speak with their teachers to correct class absences. Please do not call the office, as all corrections must be made by the teacher.

Procedure to Leave Campus

All students leaving campus must be called out or signed out by their parent or guardian via the attendance line. A pass will be delivered to the student, permitting them to leave. Any student leaving campus before being cleared by the attendance office is considered truant, and we cannot retroactively clear the truancy.

Please call the attendance line at least one hour before your student needs to leave. This will allow us to minimize disruption to classrooms and helps to ensure your student receives their pass in time.

If a student must leave campus due to illness or another reason, they should report to the attendance window and call their parent from there. The attendance technician must speak directly to the parent or guardian.

Recommended: Send a note with your student stating the reason they need to leave, your contact number, the student's departure time from school and if they will be returning. Have the student deliver to the attendance technician before school.

Excused vs. Unexcused Absences

Upon parent or guardian verification, A student's absence shall be excused for any of the following reasons (Board Regulation 5113):

  1. Personal illness, including absence for the benefit of the student's mental or behavioral health.  (Education Code 48205)
  2. Quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer.  (Education Code 48205)
  3. Medical, dental, optometrical, or chiropractic service or appointment.  (Education Code 48205)
  4. Attendance at funeral services for a member of the student's immediate family.  (Education Code 48205)
    Such absence shall be limited to one day if the service is conducted in California or three days if the service is conducted out of state.  (Education Code 48205)
  5. Jury duty in the manner provided for by law.  (Education Code 48205)
  6. Illness or medical appointment of a child to whom the student is the custodial parent.  (Education Code 48205)
  7. Upon advance written request by the parent/guardian and the approval of the principal or designee, justifiable personal reasons including, but not limited to:  (Education Code 48205)
    1. Appearance in court
    2. Attendance at a funeral service
    3. Observance of a religious holiday or ceremony
    4. Attendance at religious retreats for no more than four hours per semester
    5. Attendance at an employment conference
    6. Attendance at an educational conference on the legislative or judicial process offered by a nonprofit organization
  8. Service as a member of a precinct board for an election pursuant to Elections Code 12302. (Education Code 48205)
  9. To spend time with an immediate family member who is an active duty member of the uniformed services, as defined in Education Code 49701, and has been called to duty for deployment to a combat zone or a combat support position or is on leave from or has immediately returned from such deployment.  (Education Code 48205)

    Such absence shall be granted for a period of time to be determined at the discretion of the Superintendent or designee.  (Education Code 48205)
  10. Attendance at the student's naturalization ceremony to become a United States citizen. (Education Code 48205)
  11. Participation in a cultural ceremony or event which relates to the habits, practices, beliefs, and traditions of a certain group of people.  (Education Code 48205)
  12. For a middle school or high school student, engagement in a civic or political event, provided that the student notifies the school ahead of the absence. Unless otherwise permitted by the Superintendent or designee, students shall be limited to one such school day-long absence per school year.  (Education Code 48205)
  13. Participation in religious exercises or to receive moral and religious instruction at the student's place of worship or other suitable place away from school property as designated by the religious group, church, or denomination.  (Education Code 46014)

    Absence for student participation in religious exercises or instruction shall not be considered an absence for the purpose of computing average daily attendance if the student attends at least the minimum school day as specified in AR 6112 - School Day, and is not excused from school for this purpose on more than four days per school month.  (Education Code 46014)
  14. Work in the entertainment or allied industry.  (Education Code 48225.5)
    Work for a student who holds a work permit authorizing work in the entertainment or allied industries for a period of not more than five consecutive days. For this purpose, student absence shall be excused for a maximum of up to five absences per school year.  (Education Code 48225.5)
  15. Participation with a nonprofit performing arts organization in a performance for a public school audience.  (Education Code 48225.5)
    A student may be excused for up to five such absences per school year provided that the student's parent/guardian provides a written explanation of such absence to the school.  (Education Code 48225.5)
  16. Other reasons authorized at the discretion of the principal or designee based on the student's specific circumstances.  (Education Code 48205, 48260)

For the purpose of the absences described above, immediate family means the student's parent/guardian, brother or sister, grandparent, or any other relative living in the student's household.  (Education Code 48205)

Please note that these are the only valid reasons that we can use to excuse a student’s absence. Common absences which are NOT excused include:

  • Vacations/out of town
  • Transportation issues
  • Taking care of a sibling
  • DMV Appointments
  • Non-AHS sports
  • College visits