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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 Once a student becomes 18 years old, they become a guest at Westview and can be withdrawn from school if their academic progress, attendance, or behavior is not acceptable.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 Procedures for Verifying Absences and Requesting 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 for all attendance issues, such as Off-Campus Passes and Verifying Absences. Tardies will only be excused by a medical note from the Health Care Provider. The Westview Attendance Hotline is (858) 780-2020.

Absences will be marked as unverified truancies if not excused within 72 hours.
Off-Campus Passes
Off-campus passes must be phoned in.
If your student is going to be absent from school, or you need to clear an absence, please contact the Attendance 24-Hour Hotline at (858) 780-2020 (option 2), or email from the email address you have on file with the Poway Unified School District.

All students arriving less than 10 minutes into their first class may go straight to class. All students arriving after 10 minutes, must report to the Attendance Window prior to going to class.
Illness During School
Students who wish to leave campus because of illness must report to the Health Office to obtain their off-campus pass. The Health Technician will contact the parent/guardian and make the appropriate attendance entries. Please DO NOT call attendance for an Off-Campus Pass if your student is ill.
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.

If a student will arrive more than 30 minutes late, please notify attendance.
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.
Attendance Marked in Error
To review your student's attendance, use the online link:
  2. Input your user name and password
  3. Select student if you have more than one in PUSD
  4. Click on Attendance icon at left
If your student is marked absent in error, your student must contact the teacher who made the error. The teacher can email Attendance or write a note for the student to bring to the Attendance Office to have the error corrected.

Truants/Class Cuts

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 administration and may result in discipline, including, but not limited to, detention, campus beautification or loss of privileges.

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 after 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 24-hour Hotline: (858) 780-2020 (option 1) up to 7 days 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). Except in an emergency, we do not interrupt the classroom to deliver 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. Be aware that you will have 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.

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