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Tardy Policy

To fully benefit from the instructional program, students must be on time every day. Students who are tardy to class interrupt the teacher’s instructional plan and the learning process for all students. With our youngest children we find that tardiness is mostly the fault of the parent, not the child.  We urge all parents to strive for promptness so that each child may start off his/her day at school on a positive note.

Late Students

Tardy students must report to the office for a tardy slip before reporting to class. We cannot excuse tardies for oversleeping, car troubles, heavy traffic, etc.

Excessive Tardies

Parents will be contacted in the case of excessive tardiness. Three (3) tardies of 30 minutes or more can result in a referral to the Attendance and Welfare Office. 

Truancy Notification

First Notification Letter

To be classified as a truant, a student has had three (3) unexcused absences or three (3) tardies of 30 minutes or more. Education Code Section 48260.5 requires that the parent/guardian will be notified by a letter informing them of what can occur if their child is not in school.

Second Notification Letter – Truancy Meeting

If improvements in attendance have not been made, (after an additional 1-day [minimum] unexcused absence or unexcused tardy in excess of 30 minutes), then a 2nd letter will be generated. The 2nd letter will have a time and date that you will need to meet with the principal to discuss why your student has been absent without valid reasons. An attendance contract will be signed at the meeting.

Third Notification Letter - School Attendance and Review Board (SARB)

If all of the above has failed and your child is still not attending school, then your child will be referred for a School Attendance Review Board (SARB).


Every Child, Every Seat, Every Day and On Time!

It is extremely important that students come to school on time each day.

School starts at 8:25 AM

The cafeteria opens at 7:50 AM to serve breakfast.

School attendance is compulsory under state law.  Regular attendance and being on time is closely related to achievement and success at school. Parents/ guardians are obligated to ensure that their child attends school and is on time.

Daily Attendance Leads to Student Success

Studies show that there is a direct correlation between good health, school attendance and student achievement. 

  • Your child must work twice as hard the next day to catch up on missed instruction and missed assignments including homework. 

  • Your child's teacher loses class time by having to repeat lessons for students who were absent. 

  • Schools do not receive funding from the State of California for students who are absent from school.  This includes all absences, even those related to illness, medical, or dental appointments. 

  • When schools lose funding, students lose special programs such as music, learning technology, summer school and smaller classes.

You Can Help Prevent Your Child From Missing School

  • Creating a contract with your child to improve their attendance rate.

  • Discussing any problems they may have at school - inform their teacher about anything serious.

  • Making sure they understand the importance of good attendance and punctuality.

  • Not letting them take time off school for minor ailments - particularly those which would not prevent you from going to work.

  • Setting a regular bedtime schedule.

  • Including regular exercise in your child's daily activities.

We want you to make an effort to send your child to school everyday!

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Tips to Keep Your Child Healthy

Here are a few tips to keep your child healthy so that they can attend school every day:

  1. Wash your hands!  Teach your child to wash their hands frequently, always after using the restroom and frequently throughout the day.

  2. Eat more healthy foods! Make sure your child eat a good breakfast everyday.  Have them eat less fried foods, drink less soda, and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.

  3. Sleep!  Children need at least 9 hours of sleep each night to be rested and ready to learn.  Cut back on video game usage and late-night T.V. shows.

  4. When sick, cough into your elbow, not your hand.  This helps to cut down on the spread of germs.

Did You Know?

  • Chronic absence in kindergarten is associated with lower academic performance in 1st grade among all children and also could predict the lowest levels of educational achievement at the end of fifth grade.

  • By 6th grade, missing 20% (or two months of school) is a critical warning sign of school drop-out.

  • By 9th grade, missing 20% of school can be a better predictor of drop-out than 8th grade test scores.

Is This Your Child's Desk?

Is This Your Child's Desk?

When Your Child Is Absent

Parents/guardians must contact our office when their child is absent. 

24-Hour Attendance Hotline: (650) 877-8841 ext. 2

Email:  dnazzal@ssfusd.org

Please provide the following information: child’s full name, spelling of child's last name, room number, date(s) of absence, reason for absence, caller’s name and relationship to the student and a phone number where you may be reached.

Excusable Absences

Students are excused only for the following reasons:  illness, medical/dental appointment, death or funeral of an immediate family member. If your child has more than ten (10) days of medical excuses, then a doctor’s note will be needed to excuse the next absence.

Clearing Excusable Absences

Parents/guardians must send a note, telephone the school or visit the school office to clear all excusable absences within 72 hours of absence. Students must bring a note the day they return to school that includes the current date, student’s name, and the exact days he/she was absent. The note must be signed by the parent/guardian listed on the emergency card.

Early Student Pickup

Students may be picked up early from school during school hours for emergency appointments only. You must bring a note from your doctor the following school day. To maximize their learning time, please send your child to school even if their appointment is later in the day or refrain from making appointments for your child(ren) during school hours. For your child’s protection, all persons picking up a student early from school must come to the office and sign the student out. Proper identification (photo ID) is required. The office staff will review the student’s emergency card information to confirm that the person is authorized to pick up the student. If the person is not listed on the emergency card, the student will not be authorized to leave school.