Welcome to Morro Bay High School Attendance Office
Please call (805) 771-1855 for all attendance issues
Regular attendance to all classes on a daily basis is a vital factor for academic achievement. Whether a student plans to attend college or join a workforce, attendance will be a major consideration for their success. Pursuant to California Education Code, it is the duty of each parent, guardian, or person having control or custody of a minor, to compel and guarantee regular and prompt attendance to class.
Verification of an absence needs to be obtained by the Attendance Office within 24 hours. The verification must include the date, time, and reason for the absence in writing or by telephone. Verifications by phone will be made to 805-771-1855 between the hours of 7:30 and 9:00 am. A parent can also send a note or an email to the new Attendance Secretary. Absences that are not cleared within 48 hours are considered unexcused or truant and disciplinary action will be taken.
If a student is absent due to illness or doctor/dental appointments more than 10% of the school days to date, or total days of the school year, or more than three consecutive days, the student must provide a doctor's note for every additional absence throughout the remainder of the year. Failure to provide the verification will result in an unexcused absence. Automated phone calls go out twice per day for unverified absences.
In accordance with California Education Code, the following are the only excused absences:
Illness verified by parent/guardian - medical, dental, optometrist, or chiropractic appointments - funeral service for immediate family - jury duty or an appearance in court - observance of a holiday, religious ceremony, or retreat
All other reasons for an absence are considered unexcused even if verified by parent/guardian. A student is allowed three unexcused absences prior to being considered truant. Any unexcused absences after three are considered truancies and the school will initiate the Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) process.
If the teacher makes an error on a student's attendance, the student must get an Absence Summons from the Attendance Office and have it signed off by the teacher to clear the error. The matter must be cleared by the teacher - not a parent or Attendance Secretary.
Students are to be in their seats when the bell rings or they will be considered tardy. The first minute in class is an essential time for students to focus on the learning objective, and students who are late to class are disruptive to the instruction process. Three unexcused tardies are the equivalent of an unexcused absence. Excessive unexcused tardies will result in disciplinary action. An automated call goes out every period that your student has an unexcused tardy. Five unexcused tardies result in lunch detention. Ten unexcused tardies result in a one-hour detention and 15 is a one-hour plus a phone call home and loss of off-campus privileges. Twenty unexcused tardies result in Saturday School and 25 results in the Saturday School and referral to SARB.
The hours for Saturday School are 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. Saturday School will be assigned by our Assistant Principals for excessive tardies and/or CUTs. A CUT is an unexcused absence which is a willful absence from a class or classes without the knowledge of the parent and/or the approval of the school. A student who shows up more than 30 minutes late to class will also be considered ETY (truant). Automated phone calls will go to parents each time their student receives a CUT. Three incidents of CUTs result in Saturday School and a notification to parents of their truant status. Five incidents will result in Saturday School, SARB referral, possible work permit suspension, and/or possible activity ban.
Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) - The purpose of the SARB is to work collaboratively to identify problems and propose alternative solutions to alleviate circumstances that contribute to specific truancy, attendance, or behavior problems. The District SARB board is made up of individuals from the District office, law enforcement, Social Services, mental health, and the District Attorney's office. Failure to correct truancy following the SARB hearing may result in a referral to the District Attorney's office.
Leaving Campus During The School Day
Our campus is a “controlled campus” during school hours by Board of Education policy, and the school is responsible for students during the hours the school is in session. With the exception of the lunch period, students who must leave during the school day for any reason (medical appointment, illness, personal reasons, etc.) must obtain a “Permit to Leave School” (yellow slip) from the attendance office prior to leaving. Parents may call the attendance office or send a note requesting that the student be excused for an appointment. Please make the request for your student to leave class at least one hour prior to their departure.