Administrative Departments


Sarah Pierce, Substitute Attendance Technician

Attendance Hotline: 858-668-2730, available 24 hours.

Attendance in school is vital for a successful education. When students miss school, they miss the following: direct teacher instruction, clarifying homework questions or due dates, working with peers on projects and assignments, developing ideas, receiving help and feedback from others, creating, analyzing, and using high order thinking skills etc.
  • To report an absence, a parent / guardian must call before 8:20 a.m. the morning of the absence. Students have 24 hours to clear their absences.
  • If an absence is not cleared, students are required to bring a note to the attendance office before 8:20 a.m. the morning they return to school.
  • If an absence is not verified by a parent / guardian phone call stating the reason for the absence, within the 24 hour period, the absence will be automatically recognized as a truancy. Students will be required to serve the consequences.


On Regular school days, school begins at 8:27 a.m. and ends at 3:10 p.m. On Minimum days school begins at 8:27 a.m. and ends at 12:40 p.m. On late start Thursday school begins at 9:15 a.m. and ends at 3:10 p.m. Supervision will be available one half hour before and after school starts. Students should be off campus by 3:25 p.m. unless in an approved after school activity.


Early release: Student safety is another major concern for us. Students must be signed out in the office before departing early and students are not allowed to wait in front of the school to be picked up during school hours. If your student needs to leave early from school please send a note with your student to be turned in at the Attendance Office that morning, specifying the time you will pick them up. Your student should bring the note to the office before school so we can have your student in the office waiting for you. If you find out after school starts that you will need to pick your student up that day, please call us at 858-668-2730 as soon as possible. This will prevent delays for you (such as trying to get your student while they are running cross-country) and will help us to minimize interruptions to the classrooms. Please meet your child in the front office to be signed out at the time of departure. Be prepared to show your identification when checking out your child.


Absent? Tell us why... Absences: If your student is absent, please call the attendance hotline (858-668-2730) before 8:25 a.m. each day the student is absent. An adult must make this call. If you forget to call, please call as soon as you remember (the hotline is on 24 hours a day), or have the student bring a note to the attendance office prior to returning to class. If an absence is not verified the attendance clerk will list the absence as truant.

When verifying your child’s attendance please list your child’s first and last name, spelling their last name. If they are sick please list their symptoms. If they have a fever please state the degree of their fever. When your child has seen a doctor, a note from the doctor‘s office should be given to the attendance clerk the first day your child is back in school from their absence.


 If a student is not in their seat by 8:27 a.m. or 9:15 a.m. (Thursday late start), he or she is tardy. Please accompany your child 
Remember this
when entering the school tardy. They will need to check- in at the attendance desk. Please do not drop off your child without signing them in. If they do not have a parent to verify their tardy, their tardy will be un-excused. If you are unable to sign them in please give them a signed note to give to the attendance clerk. If a student has an un-excused tardy that is more than 30 
minutes late he or she will be considered truant for their first class.


Attendance is also vital for school funding, and any absences reduce the funding the school gets from the state (unless the student is on an Off-Campus Independent Study Contract [OCIS]). 


OCIS Contracts are currently on hold. Please contact our counselor for any concerns and/or long absences.
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 ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. For more information, please contact the Title IX/Equity Compliance Officer, Associate Superintendent of Personnel Support Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128-3406, 858-521-2800, extension 2761.

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