Attendance

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Attendance


Compulsory attendance laws require that parents send their children to school. The law further states that a student must attend every scheduled session of every class, even if failure is imminent. The law applies to all students until they reach 18 years old. Once a student becomes 18 years old, they become a guest at Westview and can be withdrawn from school if their academic progress, attendance, or behavior is not acceptable.

Attendance Hotline: (858) 780-2020

NEW ATTENDANCE PROCEDURES FOR CLEARING ABSENCES AND OFF CAMPUS PASSES

Attendance will be handled by our Attendance Office. You do not need to call your child's homeroom as in years past. You will call the Attendance Hotline or email for all attendance: Off Campus Passes, Clearing Absences and Tardies. The Westview Attendance Hotline is (858) 780-2020.

Absences will be marked as truancies if not excused within 72 hours.

ATTENTION: Off-campus passes must be phoned in because the email may not be read at the end of the day. If emailing to excuse an absent or tardy, you must use the email address you have on file with the Poway Unified School District.

When leaving a message on the Hotline, the following information is required. Please speak clearly:
  • Student's name (spell last name), grade and ID number
  • Your Name
  • Relationship to the student
  • Time student is to be released
  • When student will return
  • Reason
ABSENT OR TARDY
If your student is going to be absent from school, or you need to clear an absence, please call the Attendance Hotline (858) 780-2020 or email wvhsattendance@powayusd.com from the email address you have on file with the Poway Unified School District.

Students arriving less than 10 minutes into their first class may go straight to class. Students arriving any time after that must report to the Attendance Window prior to going to class, whether they are excused or not. Parents who wish to excuse a tardy/late arrival should call the Hotline (option #2) and indicate the approximate time of arrival and the reason for tardiness.
ILLNESS DURING SCHOOL
Students who wish to leave campus because they are sick must report to the Health Office to obtain their off-campus pass. The Health Technician will contact the parent and make the appropriate attendance entries.

MEDICAL EXCUSES
In order to medically excuse your student's absence or tardy, the State of California requires verification from your health care provider. Medically excused absences are coded differently than regular excuses. Please ask the receptionist for a note for school before leaving the medical or dental office. Bring the note to the Attendance Office so we can update your attendance.

Truants/Class Cuts

Students who miss an entire day of school without legitimate excuse are considered truant from school and are subject to disciplinary action. If a teacher fails to show up on time, students are to remain by the door until the teacher or administrator arrives. Students who fail to do so will be considered truant from class. Period truancy will be handled through discipline at the school level, including, but not limited to, detention, campus beautification or loss of privileges.

Arriving Late to School

Students arriving late to school any period must go to the Attendance Office for a tardy slip. Students who are more than 30 minutes late are considered absent. Even if you have been excused from classes, you need to stop at the Attendance Window.

Tardy Policy

Students are expected to be in class on time. If the student arrives late for the fourth time (excused or unexcused), the teacher may refer the student to the Administrator, and the student will be required to fulfill lunch detention and/or campus beautification.

Teacher Hall Pass

Student must have a written office pass signed by a school official to be out of class.

Off-Campus Pass/Early Departure Instructions

Students who need to leave campus afer school starts for the day must be excused by a parent or guardian several hours prior to the time the student needs to be released. Contact the Attendance Hotline: (858) 780-2020 the day before the pass is needed or by 7:30 am by phone only. All calls received after 7:30 am will be processes as soon as possible however on busy days this may take up to two hours. It is the students responsibility to pick up the off-campus pass at the attendance window (before school, during break, or lunch), we do not interrupt the classroom by delivering passes. Leaving campus without a pass will result in truancy.

Parents who do not call, or call at the last minute, can come to the Attendance Window, but please be prepared to wait while we locate your student.

We understand that there are occasions where you don't know in advance that a pass is needed. Please call as soon as you know. Typically, the student should have the pass in advance and should be waiting for you, preventing you from having to park and come into the school.


When leaving a message on the Hotline, the following information is required. Please speak clearly:

  • Student's name (spell last name), grade and ID number
  • Your Name
  • Relationship to the student
  • Time student is to be released
  • When student will return
  • Reason

Students may access the Attendance Office before school, during student break, lunch and after school via the Attendance Window.

SARB (Student Attendance Review Board)

Parents or guardians must comply with California Education Code requiring students under 18 years of age to attend school daily. Parents or guardians who fail to meet this obligation may be guilty of an infraction and subject to legal action pursuant to Article 6 of Chapter II of Part 27 of The Education Code.

Twelve excused absences are considered excessive and a Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) letter will be sent to the district office, unless the student brings in a doctor's note for the absence. Subsequent absences will result in issuance of additional letters.  

Students who are truant from school on three (3) different days will have a first truancy letter sent home and a copy sent to the Student Attendance and Discipline Office. Subsequent truant days will result in the issuance of a second and third letter. After three letters of truancy or three letters excessive excused absences have been sent, a SARB court hearing will be scheduled for parents and student to attend.

The Poway Unified School District (PUSD) is an equal opportunity employer/program and is committed to an active Nondiscrimination Program. PUSD prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. For more information, please contact the Title IX/Equity Compliance Officer, Associate Superintendent of Personnel Support Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128-3406, 858-521-2800, extension 2761.

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