Westlake High School Attendance

General Information

All students at Westlake High School are expected to be in their assigned classroom with all necessary materials before the tardy bell rings. It is important that students attend class regularly and on time, except in cases of illness or emergency. Student attendance has a direct correlation with academic performance. Excessive absence from class and failure to complete makeup work may result in a grade of “Fail” for that class.

According to state law, students are expected to attend school regularly until age 18 unless they:

  1. Graduate from High School
  2. Pass the California High School Proficiency Exam.
  3. Obtain (at age 16-17) written parental permission to withdraw due to full-time employment with continuing education in Adult School.

 

School-to-Home Communication

Parents will be notified via an automated calling system if the student was either absent or late to class. Student attendance information is also available on Q Parent Connect (link=q.conejousd.org). If you need access to Q Parent Connect, please contact the counseling department. Any time a student receives a Saturday Work Study due to absences/tardies, the parent will be contacted and a copy of the Saturday Work Study assignment will be mailed home.

Absences

Any absences or tardies must be clear within 3 days. Please call the Attendance Line (805) 373-1790 to report an absence/tardy. You can call anytime, including weekends. When you call and leave a message, please remember to state clearly the following information:

  1. Student’s Name
  2. Grade
  3. Reason for the absence/tardy
  4. Date(s) the student will be absent

Excused Absence According to California law, an absence is excused when is due to:

  1. Illness
  2. Doctor or dentist appointment
  3. Unforeseen emergency, such as a death in the family, religious holiday, court subpoena, or jury duty.

Unexcused Absence
An absence is unexcused when it does not meet one of the three classifications for an excused absence. A student will not receive makeup work or credit for work when an absence is classified as unexcused.

Partial Day Absences

Arriving Late:
When a student arrives late to school, a parent or guardian must call the Attendance Office (805) 373-1790 before the student arrives at school. Upon arrival, the student must stop by the office to obtain a readmit slip.

Early Dismissal:
If a student must leave campus at any time during the school day, a parent/guardian must call the Attendance Office (805) 373-1790 prior to the time of release. Notes from parents will not be accepted. The student must stop by the office to obtain an early dismissal slip. Students returning on the same day must report to the Attendance Office to be readmitted to school.

Absences Following Lunch:
Should a student not return after lunch due to illness, the parent or guardian must notify the Attendance Office the same afternoon. Failure to notify the office will result in truancy and may be cause for loss of the Off-Campus Lunch Pass privilege.

Prior Permission:
If a parent or guardian finds it necessary for a student to be absent from school for family reasons which do not comply with California law (vacation, business trip, out of town, etc.), credit may be given if prior notification of the absence by parent/guardian is confirmed with the Attendance Office. The Assistant Principal of Attendance will review the student’s attendance, academic records as well as the reason for the absence before approving the prior notification request. The student may be given an opportunity to make up work within a prescribed time limit.

Participation in Co-Curricular Activities
In order to participate in any athletic or school activity, a student must have attended school four (4) periods that day. This rule applies to dances, Prom, participation in drama and/or music productions, and athletics. Students must also maintain a 2.0 GPA and adhere to the co-curricular contract.

Off-Campus Lunch Passes

A lunch pass is a student privilege, not a student right. Only students with valid off-campus lunch passes may leave campus at lunch. Off-campus lunch passes are issued to 11th and 12th grade students meeting specific qualifications. The following criteria will be utilized to determine eligibility: 2.0 GPA and above, no more than ten (10) class period absences in the previous semester (excused or unexcused – school activities not included), and a review of prior discipline records. The parent must sign a consent form at school. Consent forms are available in the Attendance Office. Students with an off campus lunch pass must be aware of the following information:

  • Students who choose to leave campus for lunch accept full responsibility for failure to return on time due to transportation, personal accident, or traffic citation. The student will be issued an unexcused tardy, if late, or a truant if they are more than fifteen (15) minutes late.
  • Students with off-campus lunch passes who are tardy to Period 6 may lose their off-campus lunch pass. The off-campus lunch pass will be revoked due to excessive tardies, truancies, off-campus violations, or behavior/discipline problems.
  • Students who leave campus without a pass will lose their off-campus privilege for the following year.
  • Students who have been suspended lose their off-campus lunch privilege for the remainder of the semester.
  • Any student who was on a tardy/truancy contract from the previous semester will be denied an off-campus lunch pass for the semester. Students who are not making an effort or receive a referral during standardized testing will be denied off-campus lunch pass privilege for one semester.

Tardy Policy

Students are expected to be in their assigned classroom with all the necessary materials before the tardy bell rings. Students arriving more than thirty (30) minutes late will be marked truant. Consequences for unexcused tardies are as follows:

  • Five (5) tardies or more in any one class:
    • Student Conference with the Assistant Principal of Attendance
    • Parents notified by letter and phone call
    • Attendance Contract
    • Saturday Work Study (SWS) assigned
  • Eight (8) tardies or more in any one class:
    • Student Conference with the Assistant Principal of Attendance
    • Parents notified by letter and phone call
    • Attendance Contract Reviewed
    • Saturday Work Study (SWS) assigned
  • Ten (10) tardies or more in any one class per semester:
    • Student Conference with the Assistant Principal of Attendance
    • Parents notified by letter and phone call
    • Saturday Work Study (SWS) assigned
    • Student may be dropped from the class with a grade of “Fail” and placed in Study Hall
    • Assistant Principal of Attendance will confirm drop/fail.

Truancy Policy

A student is truant who has been absent from class without permission or has left campus without an early dismissal slip obtained from the office. Unauthorized departure may result in a Saturday Work Study (SWS) assignment. Students who are truant shall not receive makeup work or credit for work that is due during the time of truancy. Consequences for unexcused truancies are as follows:

  • Third (3) truancy in one class:
    • Student Conference with the Assistant Principal of Attendance
    • Parents notified by letter and phone call
    • Attendance Contract
    • Saturday Work Study (SWS) assigned
  • Six truancies in any one class per semester:
    • Student Conference with the Assistant Principal of Attendance
    • Parents notified by letter and phone call
    • Saturday Work Study (SWS) assigned
    • Student may be dropped from the class with a grade of “Fail” and placed in Study Hall
    • Assistant Principal of Attendance will confirm drop/fail.

EIGHTEEN-YEAR-OLD RULES
Once a student signs the Eighteen-year-old Contract the student may call themselves out with the same rules that apply to any parent/guardian, for a maximum of THREE TIMES PER MONTH. Per the Eighteen-year-old contract a parent/guardian may not excuse absences from school after the contract is signed.