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Absence and Tardy Policy
Student punctuality and attendance is vital to avoid classroom disruption and to promote a solid learning environment. For these reasons, HHS has developed a policy for dealing with student tardiness and cuts.
Tardy Policy – Students are considered tardy when they arrive to class after the second bell (the tardy bell) and within the first 15 minutes of class. After 15 minutes, it is considered an unverified absence. Parents may not excuse a tardy. Incidents of tardiness will be handled on a class-by-class basis. The first three tardies will be dealt with by the teacher. After the 4th tardy, the student will be referred to the Dean who will assign one hour of detention. Each tardy thereafter will result in additional detention. If a student does not report for detention, the assigned detention will double in length. Additional tardiness or failure to report for assigned detention may result in forfeit of extra-curricular activities, suspension, and/or removal from the class.
Unexcused Absence (Cut) Policy – Students with one or more unexcused absences (cuts) cannot participate in extracurricular activities (sports, drama, music programs, clubs, dances, etc.) on the day of the absence. Cuts will be handled by the Deans. Cutting classes will result in parent/guardian contact, a conference with the Dean, and detention. Continued truancy may result in forfeit of extra-curricular activities, suspension, referral to the Truancy Abatement Program and/or removal from the class.
Truancy Abatement Program — According to California Education Code (48260.5[a]), any student who has 3 or more unexcused absences over 3 days or has more than 10% excused absences is considered truant. Truant students may have school privileges (such as dances) revoked. Habitual truants are referred to the Santa Clara County Office of the District Attorney for truancy mediation, may lead to fines of up to $400, required community service and forfeit of driver’s license.
On the day of the dance, students with an unverified absence (cut) in one or more of their classes will not be permitted to attend the dance.
If for any reason a student is going to be absent for more than a week, the parent / guardian must contact the grade level deans. Extended absences for family trips are strongly discouraged. In addition to parents contacting the grade level administrator, the student should make arrangements for missed assignments with each teacher either by email or phone.
In the case of serious illness, the grade level Dean will work with the district nurse to make appropriate arrangements.