Attendance Policy

All students, until they are 18 years old, are required by California’s Education Code to attend school.  The law charges parents/guardians with the responsibility to ensure their children attend every scheduled session of every class with punctuality.  A student’s refusal to attend school regularly can result in referral to the SARB (School Attendance Review Board), Juvenile Probation and the Juvenile Court System.

Students are expected to be in school every day and in classes on time.  This means in the classroom before the tardy bell rings and prepared to learn (homework completed, necessary books and supplies ready). 

Punctuality is an important life skill and tardiness is extremely disruptive to the educational process.  A student is considered tardy if he/she is not in the classroom when the tardy bell rings. 

Regular daily attendance is a key factor to the success a student achieves at school.  Absence from school limits a student’s educational opportunities, which can have a direct impact on his/her grades, academic achievement, self-esteem, and ultimately their success in future endeavors.

If students are well and are able to attend school, please encourage regular attendance.  Whenever possible, schedule doctor appointments and other non-school activities outside of the instructional day.

90% Attendance sounds good, but means that your student misses:

  • One half day each week
  • Nearly four weeks every school year
  • Over one school year in a school career

Students can only benefit and make the most of their educational opportunities if they attend school regularly and on time.  Students who miss school will miss out on opportunities to learn and develop the skills and attitudes necessary to become good citizens and valued employees.  There is a clear connection between student attendance and student performance in school.  Every day counts.

It is the goal of the Poway Unified School District that this website is accessible to all users. You can view our accessibility statement here.  Please contact our Web Administrator for any accessibility issues at

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 race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, immigration status, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. For more information, please contact: Title IX/Equity Compliance Officer, James Jimenez, Associate Superintendent of Personnel Support Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128, 1-858-521-2800, extension 2121, For students, you may contact Title IX Coordinator/ 504 Coordinator Jamie Dayhoff, Director of Attendance and Discipline, Poway Unified School District, 1-858-521-2840,

 View Annual Notification of Parents’/Students’ Rights English  | Spanish | Professional Standards  | Annual Notification of Employees’ Rights

Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128-3406