Please telephone the school office at (408) 874-3410 if your child is absent from school. This number is available 24 hours a day, but we ask that you call no later than 8:30am on the day of the absence. Even if you have already notified the classroom teacher of the absence, you still need to call the office. If the school office is not contacted by a parent or guardian, your student will be considered truant.
Tardies are disruptive to both your child and his/her class. Punctuality is a habit that needs to be established while children are young. We would appreciate your cooperation in helping your child learn this important habit. Children must be in their classrooms by 8:25am.
A tardy of 30 minutes or more is considered a truancy.
A child with more than 3 unexcused absences is considered truant and parents will receive a truancy letter. If a student continues to be truant the parent will receive another letter and be asked to meet with a school administrator to discuss ways in which the school can support the child’s regular attendance. If the truancies continue, the parents may be referred to SARB. SARB The School Attendance Review Board is a panel of school and district personnel. This Board meets with the parents of habitually truant students in an effort to correct the problem. Often, the problems are resolved. However continued attendance problems may result in referral to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.
SARB The School Attendance Review Board is a panel of school and district personnel. This Board meets with the parents of habitually truant students in an effort to correct the problem. Often, the problems are resolved. However continued attendance problems may result in referral to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.
CHECKING STUDENTS OUT OF SCHOOL / APPOINTMENTS
- STUDENT SIGN-OUT - Release of a child from school may only be made to a parent, legal guardian or someone listed on the emergency card. Release to persons other than the above mentioned may be made with written permission of the parents or legal guardians. Emergency cards can be updated at the office at any time the office is open.
- APPOINTMENTS - Please make medical/dental appointments before or after school hours. If this is not possible and your child must be released from school, please come to the office to sign out your child. Please bring a note from the doctor upon the child’s return to school. All students must be signed out of the office prior to release from school. If your child has an appointment first thing in the morning, please let the school office know that your child will be coming to school late. Remember that the student needs to be checked in through the office upon return and have the doctor/dentist note.
- CHECKING STUDENTS OUT EARLY ON WEDNESDAYS - Students being checked out early MUST BE CHECKED OUT PRIOR TO THE START OF LUNCH through the front office. If you arrive after lunch starts, students will not be able to retrieve items left in classrooms.
ILLNESS/ABSENCES AND AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
If your child stays home sick or goes home from school sick, he/she should not return to school for the remainder of the day. If they are not feeling well enough to be at school for the academic day then they should not participate in after school or extracurricular events. This includes the Extended Day program. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
A Short-Term Leave is offered one time throughout the school year. Your child may be out at one time from 1-7 days. Some restrictions apply as to when a leave is offered. For example, a short-term leave may not be combined with the winter break. Also, a short term leave is never offered the first ten days of school or the last ten days of school. School work that is missed while away from school will be given to the student upon their return. Whenever your child is going to be absent for any reason, the front office needs to be notified first. The Short-Term Leave contract can be found below.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Association of School Nurses recommend the following illness and injury guidelines for school. Children should be sent home parents should keep their child home when they display the following symptoms of illness:
- Colds, especially during the first couple of days, and when there is a productive cough and/or thick, yellow or green nasal discharge
- Fever of 100.4 or higher. Student must be fever free for 24 hours without taking medication
- Vomiting within the past 24 hours
- Diarrhea within the past 24 hours
- Sore throat, especially if combined with fever, headache or swollen neck glands. A severe sore throat could be strep throat even without a fever
- Red, swollen, crusted, or draining eyes
- Draining ears or earache
- Headache, body aches or pain
- Skin rash, unliess diagnosed by a doctor as nonifectious. A doctor's note is required to return to school for a suspicious rash or communicable disease.
- Communicable disease or conditions, i.e. conjunctivitis (pink eye), impetigo, chicken pox, scabies. A doctor's note is required to return to school for a communicable disease. Exposure notices will be sent to all students in the grade level of the child with the diagnosis.