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Attendance Office

(951) 490-0400 ext. 32104

Office hours: 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Val Verde Unified School District Board Policy 5113 states, “Students missing more than 10% (unexcused) of a semester (90 days) may be subject to discipline action which may include removal from the course.” Citrus Hil-l High School believes that excessive absences in a class (unexcused) are sufficient reason for a failing grade in that class as any student with more than 9 absences in any class during a semester may fail the course due to excessive absences. A goal every student at Citrus Hill should achieve is develop a positive lifelong work ethic.



A.     Periodically, the State Department of Education in Sacramento will audit the attendance records. Therefore, verification for each absence is needed for the report to the State. A satisfactory explanation from the parent or guardian of the student is required for any absence. The administration will determine whether absences are excused or unexcused. An explanation for the absence may be a phone call from the parent or guardian to the Attendance Office on each day the student is absent or a note from the parent or guardian to the Attendance Office on the day the student returns from an absence. Students are not allowed to pick up admits between or during classes. If the student returns to school after an absence without a phone call or note from the parent/guardian, the student will be considered truant. Students will have three days, from the day of absence to clear the absence. If not cleared within the three-day time frame, a low level referral, detention, or OCI (On Campus Intervention) will be issued and teachers may not accept make-up work.

B.     Teachers are not required to give make-up work for unexcused absences or truancy. Teachers will give make-up work for excused, personal excused, school activity, suspension, and OCI assignment. State law defines each category.

C.     A student may not sign his/her own note or call unless he/she is 18 years of age and has a letter on file with the Assistant Principal from the parent/guardian verifying the student’s age; furthermore, acknowledging that he/she is aware and accepts responsibility for managing his/her own school affairs.

D.     For daily absences up to three days, homework may be obtained by contacting the teachers via the Parent Portal.

E.      Excused absences for more than three days will require doctor’s verification to clear. Letterhead stationary from the physician will suffice.

F.      When a student is reported absent by their parent/legal guardian and is seen on campus or at any school function throughout the day of the reported absence, the student will be considered truant for the periods out of class.

G.     The absence of a student for the purpose of obtaining confidential medical services may be excused by school administration without the consent of parents. (EC 46010.1) Students will be required to meet with their counselor or administrator before leaving campus. A phone call and doctor’s note will confirm and verify the student’s appointment and attendance.


Truant/Unexcused Absences

Students are truant if they are fifteen (15) or more minutes late to class without clearance from the attendance office. A student is also deemed truant when he/she is out of class without a valid pass, not in his/her assigned area, or loitering with a pass and not proceeding directly to his/her destination.  If a student is deemed to be truant, detention or OCI will be assigned. Habitual truancy may result in a school suspension and/or possible citation from law enforcement. 


Off-Campus Release

If it is necessary for a student to leave during the school day, the procedure below must be followed:


1.      Before school, present a signed note from your parent/guardian at the Admin Office window requesting an off-campus release. The note must contain a phone number to verify with parent/guardian the reason for leaving campus. If a student becomes ill or has an emergency, he/she must check with an Administrator before leaving campus. If this procedure is not followed, a low level referral, detention, or OCI will be assigned. Bringing a note after the fact will excuse the absence but not the penalty for failure to obtain an off-campus pass prior to departure!



Parents - please make sure that the information on your child’s emergency card filed in the guidance office is current.


2.      If the student forgets his/her note, the parent must sign the student out of school at the Attendance Office or call before the student leaves campus. Be sure to check with Attendance Office personnel BEFORE LEAVING CAMPUS.

3.      Students are NOT allowed to call parents from classrooms or cellphones to be picked up early.  If a student feels ill or has an emergency, he/she must report to the Health Office where the student will be evaluated and a phone call home will be made if necessary.


Extra/Co-Curricular Events

A student must be in attendance for a minimum of four (4) periods (180 minutes) during the school day in order to attend, practice or participate in a contest or activity. The only exceptions are a doctor’s appointment (on doctor’s letterhead stationary) or a school sponsored activity and proof must be submitted to the attendance office.


Tardy Policy

Citrus Hill High School will monitor and enforce tardiness by conducting “lock-outs” every period.  Students not in their assigned classrooms or activity area at the completion of the bell are considered tardy. 


The tardy program is a progressive program providing communication by email, text  and/or phone between the home and school throughout the process. The tardy program is cumulative and begins new each semester.

*Students who go through progression twice will follow Tier II progression for attendance.

Habitual violations and further tardies may result in referral to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB) and/or the Youth Accountability Team (YAT), which may include contacting the district attorney’s office, or placement in an alternative school setting.
EC 46010, 46010.1, 46010.5, 48205, 46014, BP 5111, 5112, 5113


The State attendance laws require regular school attendance and punctuality with both the school and parents having a responsibility for enforcing these laws. The State Compulsory Attendance Law, Education Code 48200 requires each person between the ages of 6 and 18 attend the public full time day school or continuation school or classes for the full time designated as the length of the school day by the governing board of the school district in which the residency of either the parent or legal guardian is located. It has been well demonstrated that regular attendance is a key factor in the success a student achieves at school. A student should not be absent from school without the parents’ knowledge and consent. However, school authorities may excuse any pupil from school for the purpose of obtaining confidential medical services without the consent of the pupil’s parent or guardian. Only absences due to his or her illness; quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer; for the purpose of having medical, dental, optometric, or chiropractic services rendered; for the purpose of attending the funeral services of a member of his or her immediate family, so long as the absence is not more than one day if the service is conducted in California and not more than three days if the service is conducted outside California or for the purpose of jury duty in the manner provided for by law, court appearance are considered excusable. The teacher of any class from which a pupil has an excused absence shall determine what assignments the pupil shall make up and in what period of time the pupil shall complete such assignments. Tests and assignments may be the same as those missed or shall be reasonably equivalent to them as set forth in the EC 48205.


No Pass List

1.      A student will be placed on the No Pass List for the following:

a.      Excessive tardies

b.      Habitually out of class without a pass

2.      Students will remain on the No Pass List for one full benchmark.

3.      Students placed on the No Pass List will require an adult escort to be out of class for any reason.


School Attendance Review Board (SARB) & School Attendance Review Team (Site based)

The purpose of the School Attendance Review Board is to divert students with attendance or school behavior problems from the Juvenile Justice System by providing guidance and coordinated community services.  The Board is made up of representatives from the Department of Social Services, County Probation Department, Riverside Sheriff Department, Office of the District Attorney, Val Verde Unified School District Administration, and a community representative.  The Board attempts to help the student and family solve problems by using community resources.  If the Board is unable to solve problems at their level, the student and parent/guardian may be issued a citation and will be required to appear in court. (EC48263)


Visitor Policy

Text Box: 10/10 Rule:  During the first ten and the last ten minutes of class time, no hall passes will be given.  Citrus Hill High School is a closed campus to all but enrolled students, staff, and approved visitors.  All visitors must sign in at the Main Office and failure to do so may lead to police intervention.  A prior arrangement, with a request made at least 24 hours prior to visitation date, must be made with school administration through the Main Office for all visitors.  Students may not bring relatives or friends to school as visitors. (PC 626.8, & .6)


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Tardy Policy

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Tardy Policy

Citrus Hill High School will monitor and enforce tardiness every period, every day.  Students not in their assigned classrooms or activity area at the completion of the bell are considered tardy. The tardy policy is designed to help students develop a lifelong skill of punctuality. The tardy program is a progressive program providing communication by mail and phone between the home and school throughout the process. The tardy program is cumulative and begins new each grading period.


For the first week of school, students will be given a grace period if they are late to class.  Following that, if they are late to any class, they will be marked tardy and begin progression of the sequential discipline policy.


Please take note – students serving lunch detention will be supervised by one of our teachers.  However, if students do not show to their assigned lunch detention, then an ensuing Wednesday Morning Detention will be assigned.


Please keep in mind that students waking up late, car problems, etc., will not excuse a student from having to serve a lunch detention.



Periods 1-6:


·        All unexcused tardiness for periods 1-6 will follow progressive tardy policy outlined below:


Periods 1-6

1st Tardy

Teacher Warning

2nd Tardy

Teacher Warning / Blackboard Message

3rd Tardy

Teacher Warning / Parent Contact

4th Tardy

Lunch Detention

5th Tardy

Lunch Detention

6th Tardy

Wednesday Detention (8:30AM-9:30AM)

7th Tardy

Wednesday Detention (8:30AM-9:30AM)

8th Tardy

Reverse Suspension / Saturday School


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