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Attendance

Report Your Child's Absence Daily to the School Office 

EVERY day that your student(s) is absent you are required to call/email in your absence.

Clearly and slowly state the student’s first and last name, room number and reason for absence. 

If your child is out ill, describe all of the symptoms in your message. 

Informing ONLY the teacher is NOT adequate notification. You must notify the office as well.

Contact: Gricelda Jimenez at  ponderosaattendance@scusd.net or Call or Text  (408) 423-4005

Absences

All student absences must be cleared by parents as soon as possible, but not longer than three days. If you child is absent more than three days, please provide a doctor's note.

 Please telephone the school at (408) 423-4005 by 9:00 a.m. on the first day your child is absent and provide the following information:

  • Child name
  • Teacher’s name and room number
  • Date(s) of absence
  • Reason for the absence
  • Caller’s name and relationship to child
  • Telephone number where you can be reached

EXCUSED ABSENCES: Child is absent due to illness, quarantine, medical, dental or optometrical services rendered. Other absences require a written notice to the principal such as observance of a religious holiday or ceremony, required appearance in court, or funeral service for a member of the immediate family.

UNEXCUSED ABSENCES: All other absences shall be deemed as unexcused such as:  going on a family trip, attending a wedding, not bringing your child to school because a parent was sick, keeping your child at home due to car trouble or keeping your child at home due to oversleeping.


Keep your child at home if:

  • They don’t feel well
  • Have a fever above 100º within last 24 hours
  • Have vomited or had diarrhea within last 24 hours
  • Have a severe cough or cold symptoms

Appointments

While we discourage missing school for appointments, students may leave during school hours for medical, dental or emergency appointments.  We request a note from your doctor verifying the appointment upon returning to school. Parents or guardians picking up students for appointments must check the student out at the school office.  No student will be allowed to leave the campus unless he/she has been signed out by an authorized adult who is listed on the emergency card, brings a handwritten note from the parent, or unless the school is in receipt of a faxed permission slip.  Please sign your child back in on the office register upon their return to school.

Arrivals

Students may not arrive prior to 8:05am, unless they are eating breakfast (beginning at 7:50am). Parents will accompany students to the gates upon arrival. Parents will not be allowed to wait on campus (inside gates) when they arrive at school. Students will be supervised when the gates open at 8:05am.

If your child is tardy, your child must check in at the office to obtain a tardy pass.