Temecula Preparatory School runs a traditional school calendar. Students attend daily during the week (Monday through Friday) and the school year runs from approximately mid-August through the end of May/Early June.
What do I do if my child is absent from school?
Please call the School Office at (951) 926-6776 and select Option 3. You must leave your child’s name, reason for absence, date of the absence and your name to ensure that it was a parent/guardian that is verifying the absence.
You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org to report an absence. Please include your child’s full name, grade, teacher, date of absence and reason for absence.
What does it mean to “verify” my child’s absence?
When a student is absent, parents are required to call the School Office in order to validate the reason for their child’s absence. This process is called Absence Verification.
What happens after I have called in my child’s absence?
Your child’s attendance record will be marked with an “excused” or “unexcused” absence according to Ed. Code and school policy.
What happens if I forget to call in my child’s absence on the day of their absence?
You may call to verify your child’s absence up to 5 days after your child has been absent. Absences that are not verified within the time allowed will be considered unexcused absences. After our attendance month accounting cycle closes, unexcused absences due to no verification cannot be overwritten or changed.
What is considered an excused absence?
By law [EC Section 48205], excused absences are: illness, medical/dental appointments (doctor’s note required for verification), death in the family, specific religious reasons, required appearance in court, and exclusion from school for contagious disease.
What if my child’s absences do not fall under any of the excused absence categories?
State law [EC Section 48260-48273] is very specific about these types of absences. A student who is absent from school without a valid excuse will be marked “unexcused” for the day. These types of absences are also called “truancies.”
I thought “truancy” indicated that a child skipped/ditched school. Why would my child be considered “truant” if I have called to verify the absence?
In accordance with the Education Code of the State of California [EC Section 4826-48273], any pupil who is absent from school for 3 days or more without a valid excuse, or tardy in excess of 30 minutes or more is “truant.” For example, if a student has unexcused absences in 1st period on 3 separate days or student has unexcused absences one period for 2 days and an unexcused absence, this is considered a “truancy.”
Tardies are only excused with a parent/guardian note for illness, doctor/dental note for appointments, note for religious services/activities.
Per California Ed Code Section 48260 school districts are required to classify as “truant” any pupil who is absent from school without a valid excuse for three full days in one school year or tardy or absent for more than a 30-minute period during the school day without a valid excuse on three occasion, or any such combination. They also must report to the attendance supervisor or to the district superintendent any pupil who is classified as “truant.”
What about coming in late (tardy) or leaving early for an appointment?
According to state law [EC Section 48260-48273] a student that has an unexcused absence from school in excess of 30 minutes during a school day is also considered “truant.” Compulsory Education Law therefore, requires a student attend a full day every day.
Per TPS policy, beginning the second week of the school year, all Upper School students (grades 7 – 12) may be required to participate in campus beautification during their first period class if they are tardy.
Why is attendance such a big issue?
Regular attendance is vital to a student’s success in school. The student who is frequently absent misses social interaction and direct instruction from his/her teachers even though written work can be made up. Any day or hour absent is a missed learning opportunity.
Attendance is a key predictor of dropout students who create economic loss and jeopardize the future workforce since only 31% of dropouts keep a job for more than one year. In addition, the school loses funding for each absence, regardless of the reason; including illness or excused absences.
Does the school receive funding when student absence are excused?
Schools do NOT receive funding even if the absence is excused. This law went into effect in 1998.
Independent Study Program (ISP)
If you know that your child will be absent from school for a planned absence for 3 or more school days (up to two weeks), for a
planned absence, you may contact the school office for an Independent Study Program contract or use the link below:
ISP Contract - Please fill in the top portion of page 1 and sign. Return this contract to the School Office so the contract can be completed.
● The major purpose of agreeing to an ISP is to enable students to keep current with his/her grade studies for the period
covered by the ISP during the absence and to enable the students to successfully reach the objectives (assignments and
coursework) identified in the ISP.
A written agreement (ISP Contract) must be submitted prior to the planned absence and must be signed by the student, parent, teacher(s), School Dean or designee. It does take time for teachers to add coursework and assignments, so as much notice as possible is necessary and appreciated. All coursework or assignments included on the ISP must be complete and submitted on the first day of the student’s return to school.
For additional information on the ISP, please contact the school office at 951-926-6776 ex. 0