- Policies & Procedures
If your child is absent from school, notification to our office is required. You can notify our office here or make a phone call to the office via the absence line (858.481.7844, ext. 1). Leave your child’s name, teacher’s name, your relationship to the child, and reason for the absence. This is one of the ways we can insure that your child is safe and that attendance does not become a problem. For more information on verifying your child's absence, please click here.
Because of the way we teach in today’s classroom, it is difficult to replicate the teaching and learning that your child misses when they are absent from school. In an effort for your child to make consistent progress it is essential your child come to school and be on time to achieve his/her learning goals.
Students should arrive at school between 7:45-8:00 a.m. Please plan to arrive on campus at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the school day. This sets your child up for success to directly walk to their classroom and be ready to start their day promptly at 8:00 a.m. If your child arrives after 8:00 a.m., they are required to check in at the office and will be marked tardy. After checking in at the office, your child will be expected to enter the classroom quickly and quietly to join the learning that is already taking place. Your child may be expected to make up any missed learning.
If your child is absent from school, a phone call is required to the school office via the absence line at 858.481.7844, ext. 1 or report the absence through our website under Quick Links and click on Report an Absence. Leave your child’s name, teacher’s name, your relationship to the child, and reason for the absence. This is one of the ways we can ensure that your child is safe. Please Note: Calling in an absence does not make it an excused absence.
If a student needs to leave the school campus for an appointment, please have the adult come into the office, bring your ID, and sign them out. Remember to wear your mask. We encourage parents to utilize the afternoon (after 1:30 pm) to make doctor and/or dental appointments. We can only release students to adults listed on the Student Emergency Card who have a valid ID with them.
Daily Home Health Screening of Child(ren)
Each parent/guardian agrees to screen his/her child(ren) for COVID-19, before bringing them to school each day. Specifically, each parent/guardian agrees to do all of the following:
- Parent/Guardian shall screen child(ren) for any of the following symptoms associated with COVID-19: dry cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, or a new rash. Parent/Guardian agrees that if child(ren) presents with any of these symptoms, Parent/Guardian will not send child(ren) to school.
- Parent/Guardian agrees that if child(ren) has a fever of more than 100 degrees, Parent/Guardian will not send child(ren) to school. Parent/Guardian further understands and agrees that his/her child(ren) will not be sent to school if child(ren) has been administered medication for the purpose of reducing a fever within the last 24 hours.
- In the event child(ren) has been exposed to anyone who has tested positive or is presumed positive for COVID-19 in the last two weeks, Parent/Guardian will not send child(ren) to school. Parent/Guardian shall notify the District that the student has been kept home for this reason. Parent/Guardian understands that his/her child(ren) will not be able to return to school until permitted by the District in compliance with direction from the San Diego Health & Human Services Agency and the San Diego Public Health Order.
Health Screenings at School. Parent/Guardian understands and agrees that all students will be monitored throughout the day for signs or symptoms of COVID-19. Any student exhibiting symptoms of illness throughout the day, will be sent home.
The Del Mar Union School District recognizes regular school attendance plays a key role in student achievement. California Education Code 48200 calls for each child between the ages of 6 and 18 to be subject to compulsory full-time education. Although exemptions to compulsory attendance may be granted in rare circumstances, as allowed by law, it is the responsibility of the District to ensure that students attend school regularly.
In this effort, the District affirms compliance with compulsory attendance laws by providing this information on accountability practices for student attendance. All schools within the Del Mar Union School District will participate in consistent monitoring of student attendance. The student information system has been programmed to generate attendance letters for individual students at prescribed intervals.
After three (3) unexcused days of absence, unresolved absences, or unexcused tardies of more than 30 minutes, a letter will be sent to the home to make families aware of the attendance problem. After four (4) unexcused days of absences, unresolved absences, or unexcused tardies of more than 30 minutes, a second letter will be sent to the home asking parents to attend a School Attendance Review Team (SART) meeting at the school. After five (5) unexcused absences, unresolved absences, or unexcused tardies of more than 30 minutes, a third letter will be sent home informing parents that the student will be referred to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB). A student may have several consecutive unexcused days that constitute one absence. For this reason, all students will be afforded the three-letter process, regardless of the actual number of unexcused days of absences. This will ensure each student maximum opportunity to correct problematic patterns of attendance.
It is important to note that, according to Board Policy 5113, absences due to travel and/or vacation are unexcused unless a short-term independent study contract is in place. Absences due to travel and/or vacation have potential to negatively impact your student’s attendance record, and could result in a referral to the School Attendance Review Team (SART) or the School Attendance Review Board (SARB). While vacations are always unexcused, justifiable personal reasons that necessitate travel should be discussed with the school Principal in order that an appropriate determination can be made.
Short term independent study is available to students who will be out of school for travel for between five and twenty school days. Parents/guardians of students who are interested in independent study should contact the Principal at least five days before the first absence due to travel. All student work related to an independent study contract should be turned in on the day the student returns to school.
It is the Del Mar Union School Board policy that missed schoolwork and homework will not be provided before an unexcused absence. Upon returning from vacation, the student has a predetermined amount of time to complete the missed work. For example, if a student is absent for 10 days, the student has 10 days to complete and return that work.