The Alturas Elementary School believes class participation is an integral part of students' learning experiences.  Parents/Guardians and students are encouraged to schedule medical appointments and vacations during non-school hours and/or scheduled days off (vacation days).

According to Section 48205 of the California Education Code, if a student is absent for one of the following reasons, the absence and/or tardy will be excused.  Any other reasons for an absence or tardy will be unexcused.
  • Illness
  • Quarantine directed by county or city health officer
  • Medical, dental, optometric, or chiropractic appointment
  • Attendance at funeral services of a member of the student's immediate family, so long as the absence is not more than one day if the service is conducted in California, and not more than three days if the service is conducted outside California.
Absences excused for justifiable personal reasons include the following items.  It is the policy of Alturas Elementary School that the student must request permission from the principal in writing prior to the absence.
  • An appearance in court
  • Attendance at a funeral service
  • Observance of a holiday or ceremony of the student's religion
  • Attendance at a religious retreat (not to exceed four hours per semester)
Please note that vacations, car trouble, inclement weather, and train or traffic delays are not reasons for excused tardies or absences.  We appreciate your efforts in getting students to school on time and working with us to minimize the negative impact unexcused absences and tardies have on a child's learning.

Parents/Guardians must contact the elementary office when they know their child(ren) will be absent.  This can be accomplished with a telephone call to the office staff or a note sent with your child when s/he has been absent.  It is our district's board policy that we must require a doctor's note for 10 or more absences due to illness.
Make-up Work
The student is responsible for making up all class work and assignments missed during absences; thus students' grades may be affected by excessive absences.  If students are absent from school, it is extremely important for them to get their assignments and have their work completed when they return to school.  Absence and attending Extra-Curricular Events
It is recommended that students who are ill not attend evening activities at the high school, middle school, or elementary school.  If they are too ill to be in school, we recommend they be at home resting, so they can attend school the following day.
Absence and Field Trips
Chronic absentee means a student who is absent for any reason on 10 percent or more of the school days in the school year (AR 5113.1) The school may withhold field trips when a student is deemed chronically absent per (AR 5113.1) 

State law requires attendance at school of pupils between the ages of 6-18.  Modoc Joint Unified School District complies with the California Compulsory Attendance Laws.  Regular and prompt attendance is important to success in school.

On-time daily attendance is an integral part of your child's education.  Valuable instructional time is lost when your child misses school. Moreover, your child's late arrival disrupts the classroom and the other students' instructional time.  Any student arriving late to class is considered tardy. If the child is late, s/he will need a late slip from the office.  It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to see that students report to school on time.  If your child is late, please send a note with your child explaining the reason for being tardy.  All students arriving late to campus must report to the office before reporting to class. Habitual tardiness will be investigated by school personnel and referral may be made to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB).  

If your child has three unexcused absences and/or tardies, s/he will be considered truant.  After four or more unexcused absences or tardies, cases will be considered for a referral to the SARB.

It is necessary for parents to provide a reason for each child's absence on a daily basis. Therefore, when your child is absent, please phone or email the school office prior to 9:30 AM on the day of the absence. If a child is absent, and the school has not received notification of the absence, office personnel will call home. Parental assistance in notifying the school of an absence will help us account for each child in an efficient and timely manner. 

If a child will be absent for five or more days, an Independent Study Contract is necessary at least ONE WEEK PRIOR to the absence allowing the teacher time to prepare make-up work. This contract allows the child to complete work that will be assigned during the absence and credit can be given for attendance. The contract work must be returned to the school office immediately upon returning. If contract work is not returned within one week, all absences will remain unexcused and your student's work will receive no credit. 

Students arriving after 8:20 AM should be escorted to the office and signed in. Please understand that state regulations require students with excessive absences or tardies be reported to county agencies. When excessive tardies or absences occur, attendance letters will be sent home and attendance meetings may be scheduled. If attendance concerns continue, more stringent enforcement will take place. The California State Truancy Laws require schools to enforce .

Attendance For Families