Attendance Office

Attendance Procedures


Attendance is important. Students must attend classes every day. The school loses state ADA funding when students are absent. To report an absence, the parent or guardian must call the Attendance Office at (858) 536-0336 x3020 (bilingual) or x3021. Please leave a detailed message for our attendance office. We must have a phone call from a parent or guardian EVERY day the student is absent. Please ensure your student has plenty of time to get to school in the morning, as period one tardies are highly disruptive to learning. Car trouble, oversleeping, and missing the bus are unexcused tardies. If students arrive late, they report directly to the attendance window at the main office to receive a tardy clearance slip to take to the classroom teacher. Tardy students are assigned before or after-school detention and may receive a lower citizenship grade, which can affect eligibility for campus activities, sports, and graduation events.

If you must be absent, have your parent or guardian call the Madison Attendance Office, (858) 536-0336 x3020 (bilingual) or x3021, each day you are not present at school. Remember, the responsibility of clearing your absence is up to you and your parent/guardian.

Appointments: Students are urged to make all medical and dental appointments before or after school hours. If a medical or dental appointment must be made during the school day, the parent or guardian should call the attendance office to arrange a BLUE SLIP.

Student illness while at school: Students who are ill and need to go home during the school day must first be seen by the school nurse, school health clerk, or a school administrator, who will notify the parent as needed.

Tardy Policy

  • Students who are late to school must check in at the attendance window prior to going to class.
  • Students who are tardy are responsible for attending detention.
  • Failure to clear tardies will result in assignments to Saturday School "Core Academy."
  • Failure to attend Core Academy within two opportunities will result in a referral to a vice principal for further action.
  • Excessive tardies will result in placement on LOP.

Independent Study Contract

For absences requiring a student to miss five or more school days, parents must contact the attendance office at least two weeks prior to departure to request a contract. This contract may allow the student to receive homework and attendance credit for days missed. The principal's approval is required. Only students in good standing are afforded this privilege. Family vacations should be limited to publicized school vacation periods.

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