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Short-term Independent STudy

Per Board Policy and Administrative Regulation 6158, Short-term Independent Study Agreements will only be approved for excused absences.  Students with unexcused absences, due to family vacations and other non-emergency situations are not eligible for Short-term Independent Study Agreements.

 

Absences must be verified as required by state law... We can only excuse absences due to illness, doctor appointments or bereavement of an immediate family member.  Other absences are considered "unexcused."

How can you help your child go to school regularly?

Establish routines!

· Set a regular time for homework (and be the example)

· Prepare for school the night before by picking out clothes and pack supplies.

· Provide breakfast

· Make sure they get enough sleep.

 

Be Involved

Talk to your child about his/her day.

· What did you learn today?  Tell me one new thing you learned.

· What was your favorite part of school today?  Why, what did you do?

· What did you learn during math?  Can you show me?

Have a positive attitude towards school.

· Praise his efforts and achievements

· Encourage goal setting

· Be a part of school activities

· Keep in touch with teachers

· Avoid taking them out of school

 

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE

 

One of the goals of Cesar Chavez Language Academy is to help students have a successful educational experience.  In order to do this, regular daily attendance is necessary.  It has been shown that frequent absences affect children’s skill development and may lead to behavioral problems and poor grades.  Non-attendance in school can also become a habit that is increasingly difficult to change as the child grows older. This habit may contribute to dropping out of school and other problems which can impact the child’s future.

 

Absences must be verified as required by state law. Please send a note to the teacher or call the school office to give the reasons for your child's absence.  We can only excuse absences due to illness, doctor appointments or bereavement of an immediate family member.  Other absences are considered "unexcused."

 

Excessive absences:  Normally, absences of over 10% (about 18 school days) are considered excessive.  We understand that some students may have medical conditions that require time out of school. 

 

Truancy:  On the 3rd unexcused absence, the office will send a truancy letter.  Letters will continue to be sent home for continued unexcused absences and by the 6th unexcused absence, the student may be declared as “habitual truant.”   After the third truancy the family may be referred for site-based interventions and, subsequently, intervention by the district and possible legal action.

 

Excessive tardiness:  Students who are late disrupt the classroom and their own education.  Being tardy 10% or more of the time is considered unacceptable.  Teachers should work with parents to identify the problem and how the family will rectify the situation. In addition to teacher’s working with parents to correct this problem, the office staff will maintain a tardy log in order to better track students who are often late.

We understand ABSENCES do occur.  Absences must be verified as required by state law. Please send a note to the teacher or call the school office to give the reasons for your child's absence.  We can only excuse absences due to illness, doctor appointments or bereavement of an immediate family member.  Other absences are considered unexcused". 

 

Attendance is Important

 

Attending school every day helps your child:

· Succeed and do his/her best in school

· Have a positive attitude about school

· Be better prepared for the future

 

Poor school Attendance can have negative effects

· Can cause student to fall behind (academically & socially)

· Students may receive poor grades

· Can develop a low self esteem

· Students may fail class and grade

· Can cause students to drop out of school