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Attendance Policy


School attendance is the single most important factor in school success
Classrooms will NOT be interrupted during the 15 minutes prior to the end of any school day.
On Rally Days, parents & guardians will need to arrange early pick-up BEFORE or AFTER the rally.


State Law requires schools to account for all student's absences.  Valid excuses include the following:

  • Illness
  • Visitation to a medical office, clinic, doctor, or dentist
  • Funeral of immediate family member
  • Quarantine of the home

Parents may call the Attendance Office.  A 24-hour message phone will record your message (English: 909-3657-6300 extension 16111; Spanish (Español): 909-357-6300, extension 16110).  Please give the following information:

  • The student's first and last name and grade
  • The date(s) he or she was or will be absent
  • The reason for the absence
  • Your name and a phone number where we can reach you.

If you cannot call, please send a note with your child.  The note should contain the same information as above.  All absences must be cleared within three (3) days or they will become full day truancies and/or unexcused absences.

Any students who does not clear the absence within three days after the absence has occurred can be assigned Saturday School to make up the day of the absence.


Change of Address/other Important Info:  Please keep the Attendance Office informed of any changes in name, address, home or work numbers, and emergency numbers throughout the year.  It is very important that the school have a phone number where you can be reached in case of an emergency.  It is the primary guardian’s responsibility to give us any personal information updates.


Leaving Campus Early: Students must remain on campus unless signed out through the Attendance Office or Health Office by a parent or guardian with a valid excuse.  All parents or guardians MUST present a picture ID and be listed in our computer system as a legal parent/guardian in order to check out a student. 


18 year old students may sign themselves out of school; however, they will not be allowed to return that day without valid proof of a medical or legal appointment. 18 year old students must also wait for passing period to sign out.  They may not get up and walk out in the middle of a class period. Doing so can constitute disruption of the school day and/or truancy and will carry consequences assigned for this type of behavior.


Education Code 48403 – Habitual Truants:  If any person subject to the provision of this chapter is a habitual truant or is irregular in attendance as required by this chapter or is habitually insubordinate or disorderly during attendance at school, the county superintendent of the schools may request a petition on his behalf in the juvenile courts of the county.

Education Code 48260 – Truancy Definition:  Any pupil subject to compulsory education or to compulsory continuation education who is absent from school without a valid excuse 3 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 or on three occasions in one school year, or any combination thereof, is truant and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor or the superintendent of the school district. Upon the fourth truancy within the same school year, the pupil shall be classified a HABITUAL TRUANT.

Education Code 48900 (w)- It is the intent of the Legislature that alternatives to suspension or expulsion be imposed against any pupil who is truant, tardy, or otherwise absent from school activities.


JHHS Classroom Tardy Policy **


1st        Teacher warning

2nd       Teacher detention*

3rd        Teacher detention* and a phone call home

4th        Referral to Counselor and a phone call home

5th        Referral to Administration (Administrative consequences include, but are not limited to, ASWP, ALC, and Saturday School.)

*If a student does not show for detention a warning is given by the teacher and the detention is rescheduled.  Failure to show a 2nd time will result in a referral to administration.


Tardy Sweep Lock-Out

There will be random tardy sweep lock-outs throughout the school year. These lock-outs will NOT replace the classroom tardy policy. Lock-out instructions will be announced over the intercom system. During a tardy sweep lock-out, late students will be swept up into an area where they will receive an immediate disciplinary consequence.


Period Truancy Policy

"You ditch a period, you owe a period.”

After School Work Program, Parent Conferences, ALC, Saturday School, and/or Police Citations can be consequences assigned for all-day or period truancy.


Make-up Work due to Absences

An absence from school does not excuse you from your responsibilities to complete class work.  If you are absent, you are expected to find out what you missed and make up that work.


Note: *SART letters may be delayed due to unforeseen changes in district policy or technology issues. Process begins on the 3rd official period truancy. Saturday School may be assigned after the 3rd period truancy, if necessary.