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Attendance and Tardy Policy


Absence from school shall be allowed only for health reasons, family emergencies and justifiable personal reasons, as permitted by law and specified in administration guidelines. (Education Code 46010, 46010.5, 48205). The only excused absences that are valid for non-attendance are:  illness, quarantine, medical, dental, optometrical services, or death in the immediate family. (Mother, Father, Grandparents, Brother, Sister)  


When your child is absent from school, please call the Arroyo office at (909) 397-4568 and/or send a note with your child his/her first day back from being absent with the following information:

  • Date
  • Student’s full name and grade level
  • Teacher’s name
  • Date of absence
  • Reason for absence
  • Parent/guardian signature


Students absent for the above reasons shall be allowed to complete all assignments and tests missed during the absence that can be reasonably provided. Upon satisfactory completion, the student shall be given full credit earned.  


Verification of absence must be completed within three (3) days of the student’s return to school.  On the fourth day, the absence becomes a truancy.


Students are engaged in learning activities throughout the entire school day.  We highly encourage you to arrange doctor and dentist appointments for after school hours.   However, if you do need to sign your child out early for any reason, you will need to come to the office and we will call your child out of class at that time.  Students will be released to individuals you have designated on the emergency card. They will be required to show identification to sign out a student.



Truant, unverified, unexcused, excessive excused absences and tardies affect the student’s education and increase the chances for failure.   Unexcused tardiness and early student pullout will cause a student to be ineligible for perfect attendance awards.  Students who are found to be truant are not allowed to make up work.  After three (3) unexcused absences or three (3) unexcused tardies exceeding thirty (30) minutes, a truancy letter will be sent to the parent/guardian and a conference with the Principal will be appointed.  


Good attendance is important; therefore, the Pomona Unified School District has established the School Attendance Review Team (SART), which will place students and parents on attendance contracts.  When necessary, schools make referrals to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB) for violation of SART contracts and continued excessive absenteeism.  If SARB does not solve the problem, parents and students may be processed by the court system for violating compulsory attendance laws.



To have good attendance, students must come to school ON TIME.  Students are to be seated inside the classroom when the bell rings, or they will be considered tardy. Students who are tardy not only interrupt their own learning but may be a distraction for the teacher and students who have already started that day’s instruction.  


Students who are tardy less than 30 minutes daily must come into the office to receive a Late Pass. If your child is late to school 30 minutes or more, he/she must be accompanied by an adult into the office or have a note signed by an adult stating the date and reason for the tardy.  If your child is late to school due to a doctor or dentist appointment, your child MUST bring a note from the medical office stating that your child was at the appointment.  If you do not provide the medical note, your child will be considered tardy.  Three (3) thirty-minute tardies equal one absence.