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Attendance and tardy policies

Students at HPCRAHS must attend school every day and arrive on time to all classes 100% of the time. Absences must be verified. All written notes for used for verification of a tardy or absence must include the student’s full name and grade, as well as a contact phone number.

Students with 10 unverified absences in one semester or 15 in the past twelve months will be referred to the Student Attendance Review Board (SARB). Regardless of whether an absence is verified, unverified, excused, or unexcused, parents or guardians must always notify the school of the student’s absence.  All absences must be cleared in the Main Office by the Attendance clerk before 7:20 a.m.

Please note that students who are absent 10 or more times from class are in grave danger of receiving a grade of NP and will likely need to repeat the course in summer school or at another time outside of the regular school day. A parent conference to discuss class progress is required.

A change of address must be reported to the school in writing within 30 calendar days. Failure to report a change of address, false address, or inaccurate residence information may result in an inability to register or in a significant delay in your student’s progress toward graduation.


Cause of absence



Signed doctor’s note

Exclusion from school (suspension)

Signature from a school administrator

Medical/dental appointment

Signed doctor’s note

Quarantine of home

Written verification from Health Department


(Death of a member of the immediate family)

*Time allowed: one day within the state; three days outside of California

Other justifiable personal reasons

(Appearance in court, attendance at a funeral service, observance of a holiday or religious ceremony, etc.)

Verified by attendance clerk and approved by a school administrator


A student is considered tardy when he/she:

  • Is not in his/her seat in the classroom or seated in the P.E. area when the tardy bell rings.
  • Is outside the classroom without a signed school pass when the tardy bell rings.
  • Comes from off campus and does not arrive at class before the tardy bell rings.

For a tardy to be considered “excused,” there must be written documentation of a doctor/dentist appointment, immigration appointment, driver’s license appointment, or appearance in court. Students must have an appointment card or a note written on the doctor’s/dentist’s stationery stating the date and time of the appointment.

  • 1-2 tardies = one hour detention (same day) or lunch/nutrition clean-up duty
  • 3-4 tardies = call or letter sent home plus detention and/or lunch/nutrition clean-up duty
  • 5th tardy = parent conference home plus detention and/or lunch/nutrition clean-up duty
  • 6th tardy = One-day suspension from school, with a parent conference` upon the student’s return

Any pupil subject to compulsory full-time education or to compulsory continuation education who is absent from school with out a valid excuse, or who is tardy for more than 30 minutes is considered “truant.” When parent conferences and all other efforts to prevent truancy fail, a referral is made to the Student Attendance Review Board and subsequently to the District Attorney’s Office. The student and parent or guardians may be subject to prosecution for an infraction or misdemeanor.