Parents must call the school each day of a student’s absence. Attendance Office phone number: (669) 205-5400, option 1.
Attendance and participation are essential if students are to gain the maximum benefit from their educational programs.
This does not verify a student’s absence; it simply informs GHS that your child is not at school.
The regular and punctual school attendance of students is expected, encouraged and, as necessary, enforced. School attendance is an area of mutual cooperation between the school, the parents, and the students so that the whereabouts of each student will be known at all times during the school day.
The California Education Code (48200) requires student attendance as follows:
- Ages 6 to 15: Must attend school full time.
- Ages 16 and 17: If not in regular high school, must attend classes in continuation of occupational programs.
The California Education Code (Ed.Code 48260) and the Welfare and Institutions Code provide that legal action may be taken against a student and or parent when a student is declared a Habitual Truant.
- First Declaration as a Legal Truant: A student who is absent without valid excuse on three full days (12 period absences), tardy or absent for more that any 30-minute period during the school day on three occasions in one school or any combination.
- Second Declaration as a Legal Truant: A student who once reported as a legal truant is absent without valid excuse on one or more days (15 period absences) or tardy or absent for more that any 30-minute period one of more days in a school year.
- Third Declaration as a habitual Truant: If a student has been declared to be a legal truant on three or more occasions in a school year (18 period absences), the student may be referred to the School Attendance Review Board. (SARB)
Verification of student absences is accepted only from parents or guardians, either by note, telephone, fax, or as determined by the school administration. No student, unless legally emancipated, including those 18 years old or older, may verify his/her own absences. The principal and/or principal’s designee may require a note from a physician or health professional if a child is absent more than three consecutive days.
If a child is absent more that 10% of the school days, from the date of enrollment to the current day, it is considered excessive, even if the child is ill. A note from a health professional may be required for each additional absence beyond the 10% limit. Lack of compliance could result in Truancy proceedings. All absences from school must be cleared upon a student’s return to school. Absences can be cleared by phoning the attendance office, or tuning in a note to the attendance office. An absence must be verified (cleared) within five school days.
- Family trips for pleasure or recreational reasons.
- An absence without an excusable reason, even if initiated by a parent/guardian or parent representative.
- An absence, which has not been verified (cleared) within five school days.
- An absence for which advance approval was required.
- An absence caused by temporary custody in the Gilroy Police Department Sweep Program.
- A non-excused tardy of more than 30 minutes to a classroom or locker room.
- Any tardy to Saturday School or other school truancy abatement program.
- An absence requiring verification from a physician, school nurse or other qualified school personnel, which was not verified as required.
Excusable absences must be cleared within five school days as follows:
- A written note from the parent/guardian or parent representative.
- A conversation with school staff and the parent/guardian or parental representative.
- A visit to the student’s home by school district personnel.
- Any reasonable method that verifies that the student was absent.
- A physician’s verification.
- Confirmation by school staff of confidential medical appointments.
- The 10% rule: When a student has accrued absences because of illness equal to 10% of the school day, from the day of enrollment to the current day, subsequent absences must be verified by a physician, school nurse or school personnel, Absences must be cleared daily, unless other arrangements are made with the school principal or designee.
- 18-year-olds must have absences verified by a physician or school personnel.
- A wake-up call and/or Saturday School will be assigned for excessive tardies.