Attendance (Distance Learning)


Tracking Participation Weekly (enter in PowerSchool daily)

Daily Requirements

Attendance plays a major role in the overall success of each student. Daily attendance is the most essential requirement for every student. Success in school and in future academic goals can be achieved only by daily participation in class.  

Parents’ Responsibilities

  • All absences must be cleared with a telephone call or email from the parent/guardian within 5 days of the absence; otherwise the absence will be considered “unexcused.”

  • Educators shall document daily participation for each student on each school day, in whole or in part, for which online or on-site learning is provided. A pupil who does not participate in online learning on a school day shall be marked absent.  Daily participation may include, but is not limited to, evidence of participation in online activities, completion of regular assignments, completion of assessments, and contacts between school staff and students or parents/guardians.

  • Students must make up work missed due to absences, within a reasonable amount of time. The student must make arrangements with his/her teachers. Students may make up work for unexcused absences at the teacher’s discretion.

  • California Ed. Code sections 46010 and 48205 identify acceptable reasons for absences as follows:

    • Excused Absences:  personal illness (may require a doctor’s note), personal medical appointments, funeral services of parent, sibling, grandparent, or any relative living in the child’s household, personal court appearances (requires verification), and district recognized religious holidays.

    • Unexcused Absences:  transportation issues (car/traffic problems), personal/family problems, trips out of town, babysitting of siblings, accompanying parents to work, translating for family members, oversleeping or any other reason not listed above as excused.


Extensive absences from school seriously jeopardize a student’s opportunities to successfully pass his or her classes. For the academic success of your students, please plan family vacations during district scheduled breaks from school. 

ALL teachers will take daily attendance for all classes they are assigned to teach each day. Students will be considered “present” if they participate in any of the following activities for that day:

  • Participation in online activities OR

  • Completion of regular assignments for that particular day OR

  • Contact, electronic or via telephone, between staff and students or parents/guardians

  • Students will NOT be marked tardy during Online Learning

Additional Attendance Parameters for 2020-21, as allowed by California Department of Education: 

  • Students who complete assignments later in the day, over the weekend, or after the indicated due date should be recorded as PRESENT on the day when the assignment was assigned plus subsequent days leading up to the date the assignment was due. 

  • Adjustments should be made to the attendance mark by the teacher to accurately reflect student participation.

Attendance Settings in PowerTeacher –Teachers will now be able to change attendance for up to 5 days after the original attendance entry (with the exception of some atypical schools which have alternative attendance taking procedures). 

  • Attendance records can only be cleared within 5 days. 

  • Students can still make up work after the 5 day window for grading purposes. 

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