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Attendance is Important

Did you know that missing just 10% of the school year in the early grades can leave many students struggling throughout elementary school? Or that by 6th grade, missing that much school is strongly linked to course failure and even eventually dropping out of high school?  That’s just 18 days — or two to three days per month. Every school day counts and every class matters.  You can make a difference Lobos!


Rancho Dominguez Preparatory School's Attendance Policy

Students at Rancho Dominguez Preparatory School must attend school every day and arrive on time to all classes 100% of the time.  Absences must be verified. (Parents if your child is seriously ill take them to the doctor and bring the note to the main office.  If the illness is not severe and/or you do not plan to take them to the doctor or you do not have a medical provider for your child, you can bring them to see the school nurse or school official).

Students with five or more unverified and/or unexcused absences will be referred to the Student Attendance Review Board.  Regardless of whether an absence is verified, unverified, excused, or unexcused, parents or guardians must always notify the school of a student's absence.

Verified Legal Absence:

1. Illnesses with a doctor's note or authorization by school nurse or authorized school official.

2. Exclusion from school supported by written documentation by nurse or other authorized school official.

3. Medical appointments: verified by a written note from a doctor.

4. Quarantine of the home: verified by the health department.

5. Funeral due to the death of a member of the student's immediate family (1 day within the state, 3 days outside of the state).

6. Absences for justifiable personal reasons, with prior written request and written approval from the principal or authorized school official, such as an appearance in court, attendance at a funeral service, observance of a holiday or cermony of his or her religion, attendance at a religious retreat, or attendance at an employment conference.  Written proof of attendance regarding justifiable personal reasons is needed for verification.

7. Any other absence with prior written approval from the principal will be verified.

Parent Responsibilities Regarding Attendance

Parents or guardians are responsible for sending their children to school.  As per Educational Code 48200, all students between the ages of 6 and 18 are subject to compulsory fulltime education and must attend school every day.

1. Schedule all appointments for your child after school, on weekend days or during school holidays or vacation.

2. If your son/daughter has an appointment during the school day and must leave early, please send a note to the office by 8:00am.  If he/she has an appointment during the school day and must arrive late, please provide a note to the office upon his/her arrival.

3. Ensure that your son/daughter does not miss more than 1 day every 25 days of instruction and has 7 or fewer absences during the entire school year.

4. For every absence, provide the office with a verification note upon their return.

5. Review attendance policies with your son/daughter.

6. Inform the office of any address and/or telephone changes as soon as they take place.