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John Marshall High School

School Policies
ATTENDANCE PROCEDURES
The primary responsibility for proper attendance rests upon the student. Regular and punctual attendance is expected of all students at Marshall High School. Not only is it necessary for educational progress and growth, but also it is a legal requirement of the California Education Code and the rules and regulations of the Los Angeles Unified School District. This requirement springs from the compulsory education concept, which attempts to guarantee a basic education for all young people.

DAILY ATTENDANCE PROCEDURES
  • Attendance and counseling offices are open at 7:00 a.m. daily to readmit students who are returning from an absence Students must pick up an absence slip before the period one tardy bell rings. One of the tracks in session readmits in the Counseling Office, the other track in session readmits in the Attendance Office.
  • Students must bring a note signed by the parent stating the reason for the absence, the date of the absence, and the parent's phone number. Valid absence notes are exchanged for a signed and stamped PRC (permit to re-enter class).
  • Students show the absence slip to each teacher to clear the previous day(s) absence.
  • .Official attendance is taken in Period 2 each day. Students who have not cleared an absence will be sent to the Attendance Office.
EARLY DISMISSAL FROM SCHOOL
  • Students must bring a note from the parent stating the reason, time of leaving and phone number of parent to the Attendance Office between 7:00 a.m. and the end of period 2. Requests to leave early that are received after period 2 will not be processed.
  • The Attendance Office verifies by phone the request to leave and processes the "Early Leave" form.
  • Students must pick up the "Early Leave" slip before leaving campus. These slips are usually ready by nutrition.
  • In case of illness, the Nurse will contact the student's parent by telephone before excusing him/her to leave campus.
  • Students who leave campus for any reason without proper authorization from the Attendance Office will be considered TRUANT and will be dealt with accordingly.
  • A student cannot be released to a person whose name is not in the computer or in the emergency card.
TARDY AND TRUANCY POLICY
All students who are tardy to class are to be sent to the tardy room. Teachers are requested to lock their doors when the bell rings and send tardy students to the Tardy Room. Periodically, tardy sweeps for a period will be announced over the P.A.

Period 1 Procedures
Students must report to the attendance office to obtain an unexcused tardy.

Per Los Angeles Municipal Code: 45.04, a student who is under the age of 18 will receive a truancy citation (punishable by a fine not exceeding $250.00 and/or community service). Students will be cited under the following circumstances: The student is tardy or out of class without permission from a staff member and/or the student is absent from 2 or more periods and does not bring a note from the parent/guardian to clear the absence within a week.

Per California Education Code 48260, a student who is under the age of 18 will receive a truancy citation under the following circumstances: a student absent from school without a valid excuse three days in one year or tardy to a class or absent without a valid excuse within one school year is truant. Students who are caught in the Marshall High School Truancy Sweep will receive the following consequences:

Tardy: A student is tardy if the student is not sitting in his/her seat by the tardy bell. Applicable to periods 2-6 only.

1st-5th Tardy
Pre-Citation Notice

6th Tardy
Pre-Citation Notice
Parent notification via letter
Student counseled regarding attendance policy
Saturday detention (removes 3..one time only!)
Parent Conference in person or phone

After serving detention, students go back to 3. On the 7th tardy..(and each additional tardy).
Los Angeles School Police

If detention is not served, on the 7th tardy..(and each additional tardy).
Los Angeles School Police

Truancy: "..tardy or absent for more than any 30-minute period during the school day without a valid excuse.." (Education Code 48260. (a) Applicable to periods 1-6.

1st Truancy
Pre-Citation Notice
Parent notification via letter
Student counseled regarding attendance policy

2nd Truancy
Pre-Citation Notice
Parent notification via letter
Student counseled regarding attendance policy
Evaluation of student academic performance

3rd Truancy
Pre-Citation Notice
Parent notification via letter
Student counseled regarding attendance policy
Parent Conference in person or phone

4th Truancy and each additional Truancy
Los Angeles School Police Citation


CONSEQUENCES FOR TRUANCY
State law and district policy prohibit truancy. The attendance office contacts parents of students who are truant to class for one or more periods. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) may cite students caught off campus. Parents may be fined up to $250 and compelled to appear in court. Students who are habitually truant shall be referred to the Pupil Services and Attendance Counselor who may contact the district attorney and arrange a hearing with the Student Attendance Review Board (SARB).