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Attendance Policy and Procedures
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It is the responsibility of parents/guardians to call the Attendance Office each day a student is or will be absent from school.  All period absences not verified by parents are listed as “cut.” Mt. Pleasant High School uses an auto-dialing phone system to inform parents of any absences.  The auto-dial system calls twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening, if there are one or more period absences in any day.  Student absences are recorded on grade reports that are sent out every six weeks.

When you call to report an absence you will not be able to speak to a live person, rather we ask that you
leave a message with your name, the student’s name, ID, date of birth, and reason for absence at
408-937-2821 or 408-937-2822.

If you have specific questions, please call the appropriate person at the designated extension.

Attendance records cannot be adjusted after 20 or more school days. If a parent has not communicated with our office within 20 days of an absence, the record will remain as posted.

The East Side Union High School District has adopted a policy that allows teachers to assign a failing grade to students who are absent more than 12 classes in any semester.  In addition, students with more than 5 classes cut in any semester are automatically reported to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office for action through the Student Attendance Recovery Board (SARB).  Students and parents can be cited and prosecuted for a student’s excessive absences from school.

The only valid reasons for excused absences are:
  • Illness or medical appointment
  • Court mandated appointments
  • Funeral of an immediate family member
No other absence can be excused.

Seniors who fail to attend as required will not be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony, regardless of credits or grade point average. 

Short-Term Independent Studies (STIS)
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Students that are going to miss 5-14 consecutive days of school, you are encouraged to notify the attendance office as soon as possible, but no less than 3 days before the first day of absence to apply for STIS.  Students will get work to complete during the absence that will allow them to earn attendance and grades once it is turned in to the STIS teacher. Qualifying Reasons for STIS are Family emergencies, vacation/travel, funeral, religious purposes, safety issues (not for disciplinary reasons or suspensions), Pregnancy/parental responsibilities, quarantine, and science camp (5 days).  For more information contact Ms. Yhip at (408)937-2821. 

Se recomienda a los estudiantes que van a estar ausentes entre 5 y 14 días que avisen a la oficina lo más pronto posible para calificar para estudios a corto plazo. Los estudiantes reciben trabajo que pueden completar durante su ausencia para recibir asistencia y grados una vez que entregan el trabajo a la maestra de STIS.  Las razones para pedir STIS son: Emergencia familiar, vacaciones/viaje, funeral, propósitos religiosos, seguridad (que no sea por razones disciplinarias o suspensión), embarazo/responsabilidades familiares, cuarentena y campamento de ciencias (5 días).  Para más información contacte a la señora Yhip al (408)937-2821.