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    FALLON MIDDLE SCHOOL
    STUDENT ABSENCES
     
    REPORTING ABSENCES
    Whenever your student is absent, please call our attendance line at 925-875-9376, prompt 3, and leave a brief message stating your student's name and grade, your name and relationship to the child, and the reason for the absence. Please spell the last name of your student. If you know your child is going to be absent for a specific length of time, please state the duration of the absence. If you do not know the duration of the absence you must call in every day that your student is absent from school. Though not all reasons given for being absent are considered "excused absences", not giving a reason is an unexcused absence.

    ABSENCES
    Absences from school shall be excused only for health reasons and justifiable personal reasons as permitted by law, Board Policy, and Administration Regulations (Education Code 46010, 48205, 48216). Justifiable reasons must be in written form, signed by the parent or guardian, and approved by the principal. Please note that when a student has had 14 absences in the school year for illness, any further absences for illness must be verified by a physician.
     
    LATE TO SCHOOL
    Students who arrive after the bell rings must obtain a pass from the office to enter the classroom. If the student is more than 15 minutes late, the student must be signed in by a parent or provide a note for the student to give to the office.

    TARDIES
    In order to align our attendance/tardy policy with both the State Education Code and the Dublin Unified School District, parents will not be able to clear tardies for personal reasons such as business phone calls, late car pools, over-sleeping, finishing homework, problem solving, traffic, rain, flat tires, vacations, etc.

    According to the State, excused absence/tardy reasons are limited to illness, medical/dental appointments, religious holidays, and funerals.

    Tardies are computed per quarter:
    • Tardy 1-2: Handled by classroom teacher. Parents should be notified by teacher.
    • Tardy 3-5: Student will be assigned a Friday detention to be served after school each Friday.
    • Tardy 6:    Student will be assigned a Saturday School.
    • Tardy 7:    Student will be assigned a Saturday School.
    • Tardy 8 & beyond: Student will lose privilege of school activities up to 30 days.

    ELECTIVE ABSENCES
    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 10 school days notice is given prior to leaving. It is mandatory that the school attendance secretary and administration receive 10 school days 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.