DUSD and Attendance
Attendance is the number one driver of student success and district revenue.
As such, the district is making every effort to improve student attendance. DUSD is using a program called Attention2Attendance (A2A).
Attendance letters for truancy and excessive absences will be sent. These letters will alert parents about student absences and truancy, encouraging them to get their kids to school!
In order to ensure that students follow the guidelines set forth in the student handbook, it is important that both parent and student take responsibility for relaying the proper information to school with regard to the student's attendance.
Parents of students who are absent from school are to clear their students absences by either:
PLEASE NOTE: All absences must be cleared within 48 hours upon returning to school. Absences not cleared within this time will be turned into CUTS!
Only a parent or legal guardian of person listed on the student's emergency card can clear absences. Those 18-year-old students who wish to clear their own absences must provide the Attendance Office with written permission from a parent. This letter is available in the Attendance Office and must be renewed every school year. Be advised that if a large number of absences are reported, whether excused or unexcused, this privilege will be revoked.
Important Note About Excused and Unexcused Absences: Absences considered excused according to Ed Code are illness, medical appointment, jury duty or funeral services. Reasons for unexcused absences besides out of town and vacation include: college visits, non-DHS sports activities, DMV appointments, and private music exams.
Note About Extended Absences Due to Illness: When a student has had 14 absences in the school year for illness verified by a parent/guardian, any further absences for illness must be verified by a physician and a medical note provided.
If a student is required to leave school during the school day, they must check out through the Attendance Office prior to leaving. If a student fails to check out, they WILL RECEIVE A CUT.
Please be reminded that we cannot take messages to students, unless it is an emergency. Job related messages, reminders for appointments (other than medical), and arrangements for rides after school are not considered emergencies.
Homework requests will be taken if the student will be out of school for more than 3 days. A parent or guardian must initiate requests and they must be made directly to the student's teachers.
Vacations during the school year are elective absences, which are not considered justifiable personal reasons, and therefore are unexcused. However, if unavoidable, it may be possible for Independent Study to be an option, provided that 2 weeks’ notice is given prior to leaving. It is mandatory that the Assistant Principal receive 2 weeks’ notice to allow an Independent Study Packet and Master Agreement to be completed by the teachers beforehand.
Though Independent Study may be an option if your student will be absent for 5 days or more, we strongly encourage you to schedule family vacations and trips when school is not in session. Independent Study is not an option in June, during finals, or within the first 2 weeks of school.
The Attendance Office Staff