BHMS | Parent Resources | Attendance

Attendance Information

ATTENDANCE HOTLINE: 858-485-4888, available 24 hours

Only parents or legal guardians may call to excuse absences or authorize Off Campus Passes

Attendance Clerk:  Ilona Kerr

At BHMS, we believe there is no substitute for school attendance.  While occasional absences are necessary for excused reasons, when pupils are not present in the classroom to actively engage in learning and essential experiences that deepen understanding, students do not gain the full benefit of the school educational program.

Under California Education Code 48200, each person between the ages of 6 and 18 years of age is subject to a compulsory full-time education. If your child is going to be absent from school, you need to notify the BHMS school office within 72 hours to report the absence. Our Attendance Hotline number is (858) 485- 4888, and can be called at any time, day or night. Any unreported absences will be recorded as truancies, and grades may be negatively impacted.

School begins at 8:30 a.m. M-Th. and 9:15 a.m. on Friday and ends at 3:15 p.m. daily.  You should not arrive earlier than 30 minutes before school.

If students arrive late to school, they MUST come to the Attendance Office to check into school.  A note, parent sign-in, or a telephone call indicating the reason for the tardy is necessary.  When accompanied by a parent, the parent must check you in at the Attendance Desk, even if you are arriving during lunch or Bobcat Time. If you arrive late without a parent excuse, your parent has 24 hours to clear your tardy.  When arriving late to school because of a doctor or dental appointment, a note from the doctor is required.  This will “medically” excuse you and, therefore, the absence will not count against you.

DEPARTURE FROM SCHOOL -- Off Campus pass requests are NOT be accepted via email
Only parents or legal guardians may call to request an Off Campus Passes, however, parents may authorize another responsible adult to pick up the student.  If your student needs to leave campus for ANY reason, parents should request an Off Campus Pass through the attendance office by calling the Attendance Hotline well ahead of time or sending a note.  The note must be signed by a parent and state the time and the reason you will be leaving.  All notes should be turned in to the Attendance Office before the start of school.   Students must show the Off Campus Pass to teachers, who will then release the student from class to meet parent(s) in the office at the designated time.  Parents must sign out all students, with a picture ID, at the Attendance Desk. All students must be off campus by 3:25 p.m. unless involved in an approved after school activity.  Disciplinary action may be taken against students consistently loitering on campus after 3:25 p.m. 

 Make-up Work/Quizzes/Tests
Students with excused absences will be allowed to complete all assignments and tests missed during the absence and receive full credit if the work is completed within a reasonable time (usually equivalent to the number of days of the absence). Students are responsible for completing make-up work  due to excused absences according to teacher classroom policy.  Bobcat Time may or may not be permitted for completion of make-up work or tests.   * Students are responsible for completing work or tests when due dates are established before the absence and may not be provided additional time.

Unexcused Absences
Teachers are under no obligation to provide students with missing work for unexcused absences, and grades can be negatively impacted. Unexcused absences are:
  •  Family vacations / reunions
  •  Theme Park excursions
  •  Non-school-related sports events / competitions
  •  Cruises, fishing trips, trips to the river, beach trips, etc.
  •  Acting, movie, or commercial shoots
  •  Theme camps (i.e. cheer camp, dance camp, baseball camp, etc.)
Excused Absences
A pupil absent from school under an excused reason enumerated under California Education Code 48205 will be allowed to complete all assignments and tests missed during the absence that can be reasonably provided and, upon satisfactory completion within a reasonable period of time, will be given full credit. The teacher of any class from which a pupil is absent shall determine the tests and assignments reasonably equivalent to, but not necessarily identical to, the tests and assignments that the pupil missed during the absence.

Excused absences are enumerated under California Education Code 48205, and include the following reasons:
  •  Due to his or her illness.
  •  Due to quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer.
  •  For the purpose of having medical, dental, optometric, or chiropractic services.
  •  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 outside California.
  •  For justifiable personal reasons, including, but not limited to, an appearance in court, attendance at a funeral service, observance of a holiday or ceremony of his or her religion, attendance at religious retreats, or attendance at an employment conference, when the pupil's absence has been requested in writing by the parent or guardian and approved by the principal or a designated representative.
Absences for reasons other than those listed above are considered unexcused by California Education Code 48205.  If your child will have a planned absence of less than 5 school days, please notify the school office in advance of the absence to request consideration of excused status.

Reporting Absences 
To clear an absence, parents are requested to report an  absence on the 24-hour Attendance Hotline at 485-4888 within 72 hours.  Upon returning to school, the student may report directly to class.  If a parent has not called the Attendance Hotline to report the absence, please bring a signed and dated note from a parent stating the reason for the absence.   **Parent excused absences due to illness or injury in excess of 15 school days will be considered unexcused unless a doctor’s note is provided. 

Parents of students with excessive absences will be requested to meet with school administration to review guidelines for excused absences and the importance of regular school attendance and participation of the school educational program.

Students are allowed only two unexcused tardies per quarter.  On the third unexcused tardy (i.e., a tardy without any excuse from a parent, doctor, dentist, teacher, administrator or office staff within 24 hours of occurrence) a lunch detention will be assigned.  Three additional tardies will result in a Before or After-School Detention.  Once a student reaches the 9th tardy, a meeting with the Assistant Principal will be requested.  On the 12th tardy, a meeting will be set between parents, student and Assistant Principal, plus a referral to the district Student Attendance Review Team.

In addition, parents can only excuse a tardy 3 times per quarter unless there is a notification from the following:  doctor, dentist, teacher, administrator or office staff.  A Lunch Detention will be assigned for any additional tardies if the above conditions are not met. Tardies in excess of 30 min. are considered unexcused or truant.
  3 Unexcused Tardies    Lunch Detention          
  6 Unexcused Tardies    Before or After-School Detention           
  9 Unexcused Tardies    Student Conference with Assistant Principal
   Before or After-School Detention      
  12 Unexcused Tardies      Parent/Student Conference with Asst. Principal and Counselor
   Referral to District SART (Student Attendance Review Team)


At BHMS, we believe there is no substitution for classroom instruction. However, if an absence from school for personal reasons cannot be avoided (5 or more consecutive days), please request an OCIS contract from the Attendance Office at least 10 school days in advance of the absence. Please note: Contracts will only be issued if a student will be absent for 5 or more consecutive days with 10 school days notice.



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