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

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 are subject to a compulsory full-time education. All absences must be reported by calling the 24-hour Attendance Hotline at 858-485-4888 within 72 hours of the absence.  Any unreported absences will be recorded as truancies, and grades may be negatively impacted.

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.


ALLOWED ABSENCES – State law defines allowed absences as follows: (Ed. Code 48205)

  1. Notwithstanding Section 48200, a student shall be excused from school when the absence is:
    1. Due to his or her illness.
    2. Due to quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer.
    3. For the purpose of having medical, dental, optometric, or chiropractic services rendered.
    4. 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.
    5. For the purpose of jury duty in the manner provided for by law
    6. For the purpose of spending time with an immediate family member, who is an active duty member of the uniformed services, as defined, and has been called to duty for, is on leave from, or has immediately returned from deployment to a combat zone or combat support position.
    7. Due to the illness or medical appointment during school hours of a student of whom the student is the custodial parent.
    8. 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 student’s absence has been requested in writing by the parent or guardian and approved by the principal or a designated representative pursuant to uniform standards established by the governing board.
    9. For the purpose of serving as a member of a precinct board for an election pursuant to Section 12302 of the Elections Code.
  2. A student absent from school under this section shall 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, shall be given full credit therefore. The teacher of any class from which a student is absent shall determine the tests and assignments shall be reasonably equivalent to, but not necessarily identical to, the tests and assignments that the student missed during the absence.
  3. For purposes of this section, attendance at religious retreats shall not exceed four hours per semester.
  4. Absences pursuant to this section are deemed to be absences in computing average daily attendance and shall not generate state apportionment payments.
  5. “Immediate family,” as used in this section, has the same meaning as that set forth in Section 45194, except that references therein to “employee” shall be deemed to be references to “student.” Amended by SB 1208, Ch. 312, Statutes of 1999.
Whenever there is good reason to believe the student is suffering from a recognized contagious or infectious disease, the student will be excluded from school attendance.  Absences for reasons other than those listed above are considered unexcused by California Education Code 48205. 

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.)
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, he/she MUST check in at the Attendance Windows. In order to excuse the tardy, parents may send a note, walk their child into the office, or call the attendance hotline.  If a child is tardy to school for a medical appointment, a note from the doctor is requested. 

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. Tardiness in excess of 30 min. is 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 BHMS SART (Student Attendance Review Team)
 DEPARTURE FROM SCHOOL -- Off Campus pass requests are NOT accepted via email
If your student needs to be checked out early, please call and request an Off Campus Pass by calling the Attendance Hotline at least two hours in advance or by sending a note, signed by a parent, stating the time and the reason the student will be leaving.   Parents must come to the attendance office to check out students; a picture ID is required for student check-out.
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.  
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.


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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