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Current academic research shows that regular attendance is closely associated with good scholarship and citizenship. Nothing can replace the learning and experiences that take place inside the classroom; therefore, it is important that students attend class every day.


In those instances, when students must be absent, parents are required to call the attendance clerk at (310) 732-0900 ext: 34500 to report a student absent or email Terri Buono at [email protected]


If a parent has not verified the student’s absence by phone or email, the student must bring a note that is signed and dated by the parent.


Failure to verify an absence within 72 hours will result in an unexcused absence.


EXCUSED ABSENCES - are defined as absences verified by a parent resulting from:

  •     Illness or injury
  •     Medical or dental appointments (however, these should be scheduled before or after school hours whenever possible)
  •     Quarantine
  •     Bereavement/Funeral Service
  •     Religious Holidays/Retreats
  •     Cultural Event
  •     Legal Appointments
  •     Visit Active Duty Family Member
  •     Court Visit


Students with an excused absence are entitled (and expected) to make up all work without penalty. This policy does not apply to due dates on long-term assignments or scheduled tests. Students have the same number of days to complete the work as they were absent. However, teacher discretion may allow for exceptions.



  •     Family Vacations/Trips    
  •     Truancy
  •     Class cut
  •     Car problems
  •     Over-sleeping
  •     Off campus lunch
  •     Traffic

Students with unexcused absences are not afforded make-up privileges except when special arrangements have been made with the teacher(s).


PVPUSD operates a program of Independent Study for students who are unable to attend in-person regularly assigned classes. Short-term programs begin at three (3) consecutive days and are limited to 14 cumulative days in a calendar year of non in-person class attendance. Short-term programs must meet Board Policy and be approved and signed by school site administration. Documents must be signed within 10 school days of the first day of the contract. Long-term programs begin after 14 days of Short-term program utilized or if program needs exceed 14 days. Long-term contracts must meet Board Policy and be pre-approved by Educational Services. Student must be able to meet with the district monitoring teacher throughout the duration of the contract. Documents must be signed PRIOR to the first day of the contract. Independent Program Requests can be made through the Miraleste Attendance Office by calling 310-732-0900 ext. 34211.


Students must be on time for each class. A student is tardy if not in the assigned seat when the tardy bell begins to ring at 8:15 am. (A student is truant if ten minutes late to any period without a valid excuse.) Repeated tardiness will affect a student's citizenship grade. The third and all subsequent tardies may result in lowering the citizenship grade in class and being assigned campus beautification. If a student arrives late to school, he/she must sign in at the Attendance Office before going to class.