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Attendance Office
Contact Marianne Alvarez  Marianne Alvarez (650) 712-7200 ex: 5070 Registrar
Contact Anahi Hernandez  Anahi Hernandez (650) 712-7200 ex: 5010 Bilingual Liaison
Contact Sonja Krieger  Sonja Krieger (650) 712-7200 ex: 5001 Attendance Clerk

Reporting Absences

To report your child's absence, please contact the Attendance Clerk 650-712-7200 ext. 5001

  • Press 1 for English OR Press 2 for Spanish
  • Press 1 to report absence
  • Speak slowly and include your child's name, date, and reason for absence

Note: A doctor's note may be required if a student is absent from school for 3 or more consecutive days.

Leaving During the School Day

If a student needs to leave campus during school hours, for reasons such as medical appointments, the student should bring a note to the attendance office in the morning or have their parent/guardian call in advance of the appointment.  Students will be issued an orange off-campus pass without disrupting classes. Students are expected to show this pass in order to leave campus.

If a student needs to leave due to illness, parent/guardian permission must be given, in person or by phone, prior to the student leaving campus. 

School Activities and Absences 

Students may not participate in a school activity if they have not attended four full classes on the day of the activity.  This includes sports, musical presentations, or other school events occurring both on and off campus.

Extended Absences

Students temporarily disabled by accident or by illness may receive individual home/hospital instruction when a student is expected to be out of school for two (2) weeks or longer.  The student will be placed on Independent Study until the home/hospital instruction is in place.  Independent Study programs may also be initiated to accommodate students with special circumstances.

18 Year-Old Students

All students are subject to the school’s attendance policies regardless of age.  If attendance or discipline issues become a problem for any eighteen year-old student, he or she may be dropped.  Eighteen year-olds will not be allowed to sign in or sign out for themselves if they are living with their parents.  If any eighteen year-old student is living at home, the school will remain in contact with the parent until the student has graduated.


Due to state regulations and audits, notes not containing the specific reason for the absence cannot be accepted and excused or warranted.  The absence is then counted as unexcused.  It parents fail to contact the school within twenty-four hours of any given absence, the attendance records will show that absence as unexcused. Disciplinary action will be taken for unexcused absences, forged signatures and/or altered notes. 


  • Absences due to illness, quarantine, or for medical, dental, optometric, or chiropractic services.
  • Funeral of members of the immediate family. 
  • Illness or medical appointment for a child to whom the student is the custodial parent
  • Justifiable personal reasons which cannot be avoided by the student, including emergency, verified parent needs, court proceedings/jury duty and religious holidays and/or instruction.  Arrangements should be made in advance.
  • Make-up for credit is permitted.


  • Students who are absent or skip a class without prior permission, miss school for a reason not listed above, or whose absence is not cleared within twenty-four hours shall be unexcused. Any vacation or trip taken during the school year shall be unexcused. Car or Traffic Problems cannot be excused.

Consequences for unexcused absences (per semester per class)

  1. One, two and three unexcused absences – Parents shall be notified via phone call for each absence.  Student will receive detentions.
  2. Truancy

    Education Code Section 48260— Any pupil subject to compulsory full-time education or to compulsory continuation education who is absent from school without valid excuse three full days in one school year or tardy or absent for more than any 30-minute period during the school day without a valid excuse on three occasions in one school year, or any combination thereof, is a truant and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor or to the superintendent of the school district.

    Upon a pupil's initial classification as a truant, the school district shall notify the pupil's parent or guardian, by first-class mail or other reasonable means, of the following (Education Code Section 48260.5): (1) that the pupil is truant, (2) that the parent or guardian is obligated to compel the attendance of the pupil at school, (3) that parents or guardians who fail to meet this obligation may be guilty of an infraction and subject to prosecution pursuant to Article 6 (commencing with Section 48290) of Chapter 2 of Part 27, (4) that alternative educational programs are available in the district, (5) that the parent or guardian has the right to meet with appropriate school personnel to discuss solutions to the pupil's truancy, (6) that the pupil may be subject to prosecution under Section 48264, (7) that the pupil may be subject to suspension, restriction, or delay of the pupil's driving privilege pursuant to Section 13202.7 of the Vehicle Code, and (8) that it is recommended that the parent or guardian accompany the pupil to school and attend classes with the pupil for one day. Continuously truant students will be sent to the Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) to consider a proper plan for attendance.  In addition, the San Mateo County Sheriff may conduct welfare checks.

Consequences regarding Graduation & Senior Activities

A senior student must have a school attendance record of 92 percent (92%) actual attendance of the periods in which a pupil is enrolled for the current school year.  Both excused and unexcused absences will be counted.  Absences due to school-sponsored trips and/or school activities are not counted as absences toward the 92% attendance requirement.  Excessive tardies may impact this percentage. Failure to complete this requirement will result in the loss of Senior privileges (including, but not limited to, Prom, Senior Picnic, Class of the Year Celebration, Senior Breakfast, and Graduation).