Attendance

  • Regular school attendance and promptness are crucial if students are to be successful academically. Therefore, the staff of John Adams Middle School monitors student absences and tardies and works with students and families to ensure that every student attends school regularly, is prepared and arrives on time.

    ABSENCES AND TARDIES:

    Use the online absence reporting system here or call 310-452-2326 ext. 72201 by 3pm to excuse an absence.

    All absences and tardies must be excused by parents or guardians. We prefer that you report absences to the attendance office through the online absence reporting system or by telephoning before 3:00pm on the day your child is absent. Otherwise, you must send a note with you child upon his or her return to school. Tardy students must come to the attendance office with a note. 

    Absences must be cleared within 72 hours from the date of absence in order to have your child’s attendance record up to date. Absences that are not cleared within 72 hours will be recorded as truant.

    When leaving a phone message or writing an excuse note, please indicate your child’s full name, grade, your relationship to the child, the date of the absence and the reason for the absence. REMEMBER… If the absence is not reported online or a phone message is not received by 3:00pm on the day of the absence, the student must bring a note signed by a parent or guardian to the attendance office before the start of school on the day of return.

    According to the State of California, ONLY the following are considered excused absences:

    • Illness (absences exceeding three days require a doctor’s note)
    • Medical/Dental appointments (although we highly encourage you to make these appointments outside of school hours)
    • Required county/state court appointments
    • Funeral

    TRUANCY

    When a student is absent from school without the parent’s knowledge or permission, the absence is considered a truancy and is unexcused by the school. Students who exhibit a continual problem with attendance will be referred to the Student Attendance Review Board (SARB). 

    Truancies may result in In-House Suspension. Leaving school without permission is treated as a truancy.

    CLOSED CAMPUS

    Students may not leave campus at any time during the school day unless excused by the Attendance Office. Excuses to leave early must be presented to the Attendance Office in writing and must be from a parent or legal guardian. Visitors must sign in at the Attendance Office before entering campus.

    PERMIT TO LEAVE CAMPUS

    Parents are to write notes in advance of the student’s early departure from school. The note should contain the following information:

    • Date and time the student will be leaving school early
    • The reason for leaving early
    • A phone number where the parent can be reached for verification

    Students are to bring the note to the Attendance Office before the start of school on the day of the early departure. The Attendance Office staff will then provide the student with a permit to leave campus. This permit will allow the student to leave class at the agreed upon time and wait in the Attendance Office for his/her parent or guardian to arrive.

    TARDIES

    It is important that students be in class and ready to learn on time. All tardies more than 10 minutes late to school require a note from the parent to enter school. Three or more tardies will lead to a referral, detention and demerits. 

    INDEPENDENT STUDY

    If a student is planning to be absent for five or more consecutive days, parents must notify the attendance office two weeks in advance to request Independent Study. Schoolwork will be collected from the teachers and given to the student prior to the absence. Upon the student’s return to school, all work must be turned in to the teacher. The percentage of work completed will determine course credits and attendance proportionately. To set up Independent Study, please contact Ms. McGrath in the Attendance Office or email her at kmcgrath@smmusd.org. 

    QUESTIONS?

    If you have any questions about attendance, absences, tardies and/or early departures, please contact Jenelle Beekman at 310-452-2326 x72-209.