Antelope Valley Union High School District
A student’s grades may be affected by excessive unexcused absences in accordance with board policy.
Parents/Guardians will be notified of this policy at the beginning of each school year or upon the enrollment of the student.
Parents/Guardians will be sent notification by mail of the number of unexcused absences their student has in each class at the following times: first quarter progress report, first quarter report card, second quarter progress report, third quarter progress report, third quarter report card, fourth quarter progress report. Notification of unexcused absences may be sent more frequently than outlined above or at differing times due to school block schedules.
Parents/Guardians may clear, by note or phone call, any non-suspension or non-truant absence during a period of time not to exceed five school days after the occurrence of the absence. After the five-day window of opportunity a doctor’s note indicating a diagnosis is required to clear an absence.
If a student is absent from school for a portion of the day for illness or a doctor’s visit, the parent/guardian must properly check the student out of school through the attendance office. If this procedure is not followed, the student’s period absences may be marked as unexcused.
Students may opt to attend Voluntary Saturday School (VSS) for a minimum of four hours to clear an all-day absence or two period absences which have not been cleared by a verifiable excuse. Parent/Guardian permission is required for the student to attend Voluntary Saturday School. Students must clear first-semester absences via VSS prior to the start of the fourth quarter. Second-semester absences must be cleared via VSS prior to the start of the summer school session. After the conclusion of second semester, additional sessions of VSS will be offered as needed.
The Superintendent is directed to establish procedures to implement this policy. Annually, an evaluation of this policy shall be reported to the Board of Trustees.
Webpage Updated March 13, 2012