All students must attend school every day. Vista Continuation High School believes that arriving to class on time builds responsibility and maximizes instructional time that leads to increased student achievement and success.
Phone calls: If you would like to call and speak to someone regarding your student's absence, please dial 310-603-1516.
Parent(s) or Guardian(s)' notes: Students need to turn in notes form parents or guardians to the Attendance Office before 8:00 A.M. The attendance clerk needs to process and verify the information before the students are allowed to go home. Students who turn in the notes a few minutes before they need to leave campus may be subjected to delays.
Excused Absences: There are some excused absences according to Education Code 48201 such as: illness, quarantine, medical, dental, optometrist or chiropractic services, funeral for immediate family (not to exceed more than three (3) days if outside of California), justifiable personal reasons (ex. Religious retreat, court appearance, etc.).
Irregular Attendance: Although some absences are excused, Education Code 48403 defines certain absences as irregular attendance. Examples of irregular attendance are: "excessive excused absence - illness, medical or dental appointments during school hours, excused tardies and other." Another example of irregular attendance is "excessive unexcused absences: frequent vacations, errands for parents or other reasons during school time.: We highly recommend that parents/guardians set up appointments for dentists, doctors, etc. after school or during the weekends/breaks.
CHRONIC AND HABITUAL TRUANCY
Any pupil subject to compulsory full-time education or to compulsory continuation education who is absent from school without a valid excused for ten percent (10%) or more of the school days in one school year, from the date of enrollment to the current date, is deemed a chronic truant. Any pupil is deemed a habitual truant who has been reported as a truant three (3) or more times per school year.
Students who are chronically and/or habitually truant may be subject to the following possible consequences:
- Detention and Saturday School
- SART: A meeting with the parent and student including an attendance contract and/or
- SARB: A meeting with school and law enforcement to determine parent/student consequences, referral to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office or Probation, request for the parent to attend school with the student for the day, as well as any other consequences pursuant to the California Education and Penal Codes.
Truancy is defined as any absence from school without parent knowledge and/or permission.
Any of the following will be considered class truancy and MAY BE CITED BY POLICE:
- Failing to attend class and not having a valid excuse\
- Leaving any class under false pretenses
- Leaving a class or school grounds without permission
- Being reported by staff member on campus during an all-day absence