Good attendance is crucial to a student's academic success and in forming life-long habits and self-discipline. The Simi Valley Unified School District attendance policy is very specific and recognizes the joint responsibility of the school district and the parents/guardians in working together to ensure good attendance patterns for all students.
Students will have 48 hours from the last day of an absence in which to clear absence(s) for the purpose of making up work or missed tests. Students have five days to clear their absences to avoid a truancy. Teachers are not required to give make-up work to students who have not cleared an absence.
A student may clear an absence by doing one of the following:
- Student may bring a note from a parent or guardian to the Attendance Office when the student returns to school.
- Parent/guardian may call the Attendance Office during school hours at (805) 306-4875 x2725 or x2726.
- Parent/guardian may call the Attendance Office before or after school hours and leave a message on the school voicemail at (805) 306-4875 x2725 or x2726.
- Parent/guardian may fax a note to the Attendance Office at (805) 520-6817.
- Parent guardian may email the Attendance Office.
When writing a note or leaving a message excusing an absence, please include the following:
- Student's name, dates of the absence(s) and reason student was absent.
- Please sign each note and include a phone number for verification.
What is an Excused Absence?
Only the following reasons shall be considered justified, excused absences:
- Medical and Dental Appointments
- Quarantine or Immunizations
- Death in the Immediate Family
- Court Appearance (Verification Required)
- Entertainment Industry (Verification Required)
Parents have five school days from the first day of absence to clear their absences with the Attendance Office. After five days, all unclear absences will be recorded as truancies. Teachers are not required to give make-up work to students who have not cleared an absence.
Personal business with verified parent explanation will also be justified, excused under the following circumstances:
- Attendance at events sponsored by the school, or organizations/groups approved in advance by the Principal or Principal's designee.
- Appearance at School Attendance Review Board meetings (SARB).
- Observance of a religious holiday or ceremony, or religious retreat (retreat not to exceeds 4 hours per semester).
- Caring for an ill child when the student is the custodial parent.
- Other exceptional circumstances approved by the Principal or Principal's designee.
Vacations or extended trips are NOT excused absences.
All other reasons for absences are considered unexcused. Examples of this type of absence are: student overslept, had a flat tire, had to take care of personal or family business, family vacations, etc. Please be aware that an unexcused absence is not the same as a truancy. However, teachers do not have to accept make-up work from students with unexcused absences. It is at their own discretion.
Teachers may fail any student who accrues a total of seven (7) unexcused absences in any one semester. Before assigning a failing grade to a student based on excessive unexcused absences, the school shall ensure that the student and parent/guardian have received written and/or verbal notice of the unexcused absence on the 4th unexcused absence and have been informed of the fail policy for students who accumulate seven (7) or more unexcused absences.
When a student accumulates seven (7) unexcused absences and it has been determined that the student will fail the course, the parent/guardian shall be notified. After the 12th absence (excused or unexcused) in a school year, a doctor's note must be presented to the Attendance Office to clear any additional absences. Students with excessive absences will be referred to SARB (Student Attendance Review Board) and/or law enforcement.
Teachers are not required to provide make-up work or allow students to take tests missed because of absences which have been designated as "unexcused" or "truant". Please review each teacher's course outline for specific procedures for making up work missed while absent.
Homework requests are taken by the Health Office (805) 306-4875 x2728 for students who will be missing three or more days of school. Students are expected to contact a fellow student for make-up assignments if their absence will be less than three days.
A Parent/Guardian and Student can apply for a lunch pass if the student meets the following criteria:
- 9th Graders who have a free 5th or 6th period, a 2.0 GPA, 90% attendance and acceptable behavior
- 10th Graders who have a free 5th or 6th period, a 2.0 GPA, 90% attendance and acceptable behavior
- 11th Graders who have Work Experience, ROP, or a free 5th or 6th, a 2.0 GPA, 90% attendance and acceptable behavior
- 12th Graders with a 2.0 GPA, 90% attendance, acceptable behavior
- All grades must have no more than one “F” and/or no more than one “U” from previous semester
A lunch pass is only good for lunch. If a student needs to replace a lunch pass sticker for any reason a replacement fee will apply.
All parents/ guardians should be aware of possible problems that may develop as a result of students going off campus during lunch:
- Students return late and may be truant to their class immediately after lunch.
- Students drive or ride with other students and accidents have occurred during lunch.
- Students have been suspended for becoming involved with alcohol and/or drugs off campus during lunch, or other offenses.
We are not saying your student will fall victim to any of the above, but we wish to inform you of the situations that concern school officials.
If any of the above-mentioned violations occur, the lunch pass will be immediately revoked. The administration may revoke a lunch pass at any time, at their discretion. Parents may contact the assistant principal’s office to revoke their student’s lunch pass at any time.
If your student will not be returning to school after lunch (I.E. Illness, medical appointment, Etc.) A parent must notify the attendance office before the start of the next class that day in orders for the absence to be cleared.
Application forms are available in the Attendance Office and must be signed by a parent/Guardian in front of school personnel or with a public notary.