CHS Attendance

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Each CHS student and parent is responsible for understanding and complying with this policy.

Any questions about the policy can be directed to Mrs. Doris Ricks, Attendance Clerk, at 619-522-8907 x2094 or Mr. Timothy Hopper, Assistant Principal, 619-522-8907 x2095.

A student is expected to be “in class, on time.” This is not only a legal requirement; it is also in the best interests of the student’s academic and personal development.  Being “in class, on time” is the CHS standard for personal responsibility and consideration of other students and the teachers.

Our attendance policy (in accordance with Ed. Code 48205) stipulates that absences can ONLY be excused for the following reasons:  personal illness; health department quarantine; medical, dental, optometric or chiropractic appointments; attendance at funeral services for an immediate family member; jury duty or any other court order requiring a personal appearance such as a subpoena; exclusion for failure to present evidence of immunization; observance of a religious holiday; attendance at a SART or SARB (Attendance Review) hearing.

Education Code Section 48260 states “Any pupil subject to full time education who is absent from school without a valid excuse three (3) days or tardy without a valid excuse in excess of 30 minutes on each of more than three (3) days in any one school year is a truant and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor or the superintendent of the district.”  Also, in accordance with Section 48260.5:

  1. The parent or guardian is obligated to compel the attendance of the pupil at school.
  2. Parents or guardians who fail to meet this obligation may be guilty of an infraction and subject to prosecution.
  3. The parent or guardian has a right to meet with appropriate school personnel to discuss solutions to the pupil’s truancy and to learn what alternative educational programs are available.

Calling in a Student Absence

Call 619-522-8907 x2094 or email

Please report full-day absences (For example: Illness) immediately (as you would an absence to the workplace). Call our attendance line 522-8907 ext 2094 the morning of the absence.

  1. EACH consecutive day of absence must be called in.
  2. All absences must be excused within 24 hours by phone call or written note to the attendance clerk. 
  3. Please refer to each teacher's policy on absences and student work, tests, and assignments.
  4. A student's academic grade will be affected by unexcused absences

See full attendance policy for more information on excused absences, doctor's appointments, etc. 

Reporting Planned Absences

Students are required to bring a note signed by a parent to the attendance office when they first arrive at school.  An off-campus pass with be issued for the time of the appointment.  

Saturday School Policy

Saturday School has been assigned as a consequence for failure to follow school rules.

Saturday School runs from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM; students who do not arrive promptly by 8:00 AM will be turned away and subject to additional consequences.

Students who fail to attend Saturday School or exhibit inappropriate behavior will be sent home from Saturday School and will face additional consequences.

Food and drink are not permitted in the classroom; during a break at 10:00 AM, students will be permitted to use the restroom and eat and drink outside the classroom.

Students are responsible for bringing appropriate educational materials to complete schoolwork, including texts, assignments, calculators, etc. Students are advised that school technology resources will not be available at Saturday School. Students without educational materials or resources will be provided with assignments.

Students are expected to remain productive throughout the four-hour Saturday School. Sleeping, socializing, listening to electronic media, using cell phones, and playing video games will not be permitted. Students who are idle will be given additional assignments.

Students shall fill out the contract to indicate work they intend to complete during the four-hour Saturday School. Appropriate teachers will sign to indicate that work was completed and assessed.

Independent Study Contracts

For absences of five consecutive days or more

Students who will miss five or more consecutive days for reasons other than illness may complete Independent Study in lieu of attending school, with the prior approval of CHS Administration.

The parent must send a written request to the administration (or jointly email Asst. Principal Tim Hopper and Attendance Clerk Doris Ricks (at least two weeks prior to first date of Independent Study, outlining the dates and reasons for the request.

If approved, the student must obtain the appropriate documentation from Ms. Ricks a few days prior to departure and have each teacher sign the contract with outlined assignments. Students have one week to return the contract upon return for absences to be excused.

Forms & Resources

Full Attendance Policy

Saturday School Agreement

Weekend Makeup Class Agreement

Absence Reporting and Appointment Confirmation Forms