Please contact Diane Contreras at 707.837.7767 x 102
to report an absence or ask questions.
WHS Attendance Regulations
Students are required to attend classes in accordance with compulsory full-time education laws (E.C. 48200). Categories for attendance accountability include the following:
A.Excused: An excused absence is defined under Board Policy. The teacher is to allow a student to make up the work missed during absences, to the degree it is possible for such work to be completed. An excused absence shall be granted for the following reasons:
1. Personal illness (E.C. 48205)
2.Quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer (E.C. 48205)
3. Medical, dental, optometrical, or chiropractic appointments (E.C. 48205)
4. Attendance at funeral services for a member of the immediate family (E.C. 48205)
a. Excused absence in this instance shall be limited to one day if the service is conducted in California or three days if the service is conducted out of state. (E.C. 48205)
b. “Immediate family” shall be defined as mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, spouse, son/son-in-law, daughter/daughter-in-law, brother, sister, or any relative living in the student's immediate household. (E.C. 48205)
5. Jury duty in the manner provided by law (E.C. 48205)
6. The illness or medical appointment during school hours of a child to whom the student is the custodial parent (E.C. 48205)
B. Warranted: A warranted absence, requested in writing prior to the absence, must be approved by a school administrator. The teacher of any class from which the student is absent shall determine, pursuant to the regulations of the Board of the school district, what assignments the student shall make up and in what period of time the student shall complete such assignments. The tests and assignments shall be reasonably equivalent to, but not necessarily identical to, the tests and assignments which the student missed during the absence. A warranted absence may be requested for justifiable personal reasons, including but not limited to, the following:
1. Appearance in court
2. Attendance at a funeral service other than an immediate family member
3. Observation of a holiday or ceremony of his/her religion
4. Attendance at an employment conference
5. Junior and senior students attendance for college visitations (maximum 3 days)
6. Service as a member of a precinct board for an election pursuant to Elections Code 12302 (E.C. 48205)
7. Participation in religious instruction or exercises in accordance with district policy: (E.C. 46014)
8. Attendance at religious retreats not to exceed four hours per semester
a. In such instances, the student shall attend at least the minimum school day
b. The student shall be excused for this purpose on no more than four days per school month.
Family trips and vacations will not be warranted under this policy. Parents/guardians are encouraged to plan family trips and vacations outside of the school year. Notify attendance clerk if unavoidable. Any absence under this section, which was not requested in advance and in writing, will be considered unexcused, and work may be made up only at the teacher's discretion.
School authorities may excuse any student from school to obtain confidential medical services without the consent of the student's parent/guardian. (E.C. 46010.1)
When a student has had 10 absences in the school year for illness, any further absences for illness must be verified by a physician.
C. Unexcused: Students may not make up work missed during an unexcused absence. Unexcused absences include, but are not limited to, the following:
3. Class suspensions.
4. Any absence which is not cleared within two days after the student returns to school.
D. Suspensions: According to Board Policy, the teacher of any class from which a student is suspended may require the suspended student to complete any assignments and tests missed during the suspension. Upon return from suspension, and if requested by the students or parent/guardian, the teacher shall provide the missed assignment and tests (E.C. 48913). Suspension days are considered unexcused absences though do no accumulate in accordance with the partial credit policy.
E. Loss of Credit for Excessive Unexcused Absences: The staff and business community of Windsor are sending out a clear message about attendance expectations. The underlying philosophy behind the attendance policy is that maximum learning and achievement can occur only when students establish regular attendance and participation in their classes. The California E.C. and Windsor High School attendance policy grant credits for time and participation in class. All classes at Windsor High School will “offer” partial credit with the loss of one semester unit for those students with four unexcused absences. Students will lose one unit upon the fourth unexcused absence.
In certain cases with extenuating circumstances or new evidence, a student may wish to appeal the decision to issue partial credit by submitting a written letter to the assistant principal. The assistant principal shall convene a committee in order to determine a judgment on the appeal.
F. Grade Reduction for Tardies: A second tardy in any one class results in the loss of one-third of the letter grade for each grading period; each subsequent tardy in any one class results in an additional reduction of one-third of a student's letter grade.
· A student is considered tardy when he/she is not in the classroom ready to work when the tardy bell rings.
· A student is considered “unexcused” if he/she arrives in class excessively late (10 minutes or more).
G. Windsor Attendance Procedures: