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Attendance

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See detailed instructions below

Please click on this link or read the instructions below for the steps to follow to excuse your student.

Por favor, haga clic en este enlace para obtener instrucciones sobre la manera de excusar la ausencia de su estudiante.

請點按一下此連結, 瞭解如何為你的學生向學校請假

 

Full Day Absence

Follow these instructions:

  • Call the Homestead Attendance Line at 1-408-522-2515 one day prior to their absence or as soon as possible
  • Leave the following information:

-Spell your student's last name and first name

-Student ID # if available (this number is 7 digits long and  starts with the number 5)

-Grade

-Date(s) of absence

-Reason for the absence (illness, medical appointment, DMV appt, college visit, etc.)

-Your name, phone # and your relationship to the student

Partial Day Absence

If your student has to leave (Off Campus Pass) or is coming in late from a medical, dental, DMV appt., was ill, etc., follow these instructions:

  • Call the Homestead Attendance Line at 1-408-522-2515 one day prior to their absence or as soon as possible
  • Leave the following information:

-Spell your student's last name and first name

-Student ID#, if available (this number is 7 digits long and starts with the number 5)

-Grade

-Date(s) of absence

-Period(s) to be excused

-Time the student will need to leave or will be arriving back

-Reason for the absence (illness, medical appointment, DMV appt, etc.)

-Your name, phone # and your relationship to the student

Off Campus Pass Information:

If your student will be leaving early, it is their responsibility to pick up their Off Campus Pass before school, at brunch or lunch in order to leave.  Students cannot leave campus without their pass.  Once they pick up their pass, they can show their teacher and meet you outside for pick up.  Homestead  is a closed campus during brunch and tutorial. 

Students leaving at lunch only do not need a pass. 

If your student will be arriving late, they must check in the Attendance Office to receive a pass to class

to verify they are back on campus.

Forgot to call???

If you forgot, scheduled a last minute medical or dental appointment, or you are coming to pick up a sick child, please understand that it takes about 15 minutes to call your student out of class (possibly longer if they are in PE class).  If you come to pick up your student during tutorial (9:25-9:55), please remember students are not required to be in a specific classroom; therefore we will not be able to send a pass.

Un-Excused Absences

Absences must be cleared within 2 school days by a parent or guardian only.  Anything after 2 days will be marked as an un-excused absence.

Parent notes are not accepted.  Doctors/medical notes ARE accepted with a date/time stamp from the physician for a partial day’s absence.  If your student is ill for more than 3 days, a doctor’s note will need to be provided to the Attendance Office.

Students may not call themselves in for their absences even if they are 18 years of age.  This will result in a referral to the Dean’s Office.

Tardy?

If your student is more than 15 minutes late from the start of class, they will need to come to the Attendance Office to obtain an “admit to class” pass before heading to their classroom.

Emergency Contact Information

The household number that you list on the emergency form at the beginning of the year is the number that the auto dialer will call to let you know if your student has been marked absent for one or more classes.  Please be sure that the phone number you list has a voice messaging system.  To make changes to your student’s emergency contacts, please stop by the Main Office.

Marked Absent by Mistake???

If your student was marked absent by mistake, it is your student’s responsibility to talk with the teacher that marked him/her absent; the teacher will notify the Attendance Office for corrections.  The teacher is the only staff member that can verify your student’s presence.

Illness or Injury at School???

Homestead does not have a nurse/health office on campus.  If your student comes to the Attendance Office because they are not feeling well and we can’t reach you or someone on your student’s emergency information, your student will have to wait in the office until we hear from a parent or guardian. 

 
 
 

 

 

Attendance Policies

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.

 

School Dances

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.

 

Extended Absences

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.