Attendance


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 Once a student becomes 18 years old, they become a guest at Westview and can be withdrawn from school if their academic progress, attendance, or behavior is not acceptable.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 During Virtual Learning

Taking attendance in Virtual Learning is different: New legislation (SB98) regarding distance learning will require us to take attendance differently, and it will also be tied to engagement. Teachers will mark a code in Synergy for every student, every day. It will be very important that students not only “show up” to classes via Zoom, but also participate and be engaged in the learning activities. 

Absences and Make-Up Work: Students with a verified excused absence will be able to make up work as per PUSD Board Policy and it is up to the teacher’s discretion if the teacher wants to provide make-up work for unexcused absences. As per usual practice, if a student is too ill to attend class virtually or otherwise has an excused absence, the parent should contact the Attendance office. 

Attendance Hotline at (858) 780-2020
Option 1: Student has an appointment
Option 2: All day absence

Note: If your student has a medical appointment (i.e. doctor, physical therapy, dentist, orthodontist, etc.), please provide a medical excuse from the physician. Write the time the student returned to Virtual Class on the document, scan and email the document to wvhsattendance@powayusd.com

If your student has a non-medical appointment and arrives to class late, please email wvhsattendance@powayusd.com indicating the time your student logs into Virtual Class for our records.
Tardiness
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.

Please provide medical documentation from the health care provider excusing your student from class and note on the said document the time your student logged into Virtual Learning Class. Scan and email to wvhsattendance@powayusd.com for our records.
Attendance Marked in Error
To review your student's attendance, use the online link:
  1. sis.powayusd.com
  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

Period truancy will be handled through administration and may result in discipline, including, but not limited to, detention, campus beautification or loss of privileges.

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.

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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