Regular Attendance Is Essential For Learning
Regular attendance is critical to your child's education. Disruptions to your child's school attendance can have a significant impact on his or her academic performance. Both the California Administration Code and the Education Code state that every pupil must attend school regularly. When a child is excessively absent, a parent-teacher-student conference will be held. If the problem continues, a parent-administrator-student conference will be scheduled. Excessive absences may result in referral to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB). Your child should attend school consistently and should be absent only for illness or emergencies. Please do not schedule extended family vacations during school time.
What To Do If Your Child Is Going To Be Absent
Fill out the Report an Absence Online form above and hit submit. This is the easiest and most efficient way to report your child's absence. This information is needed for our attendance reports and state funding. The State auditors are very thorough in checking these records.
Let us know if your child has a contagious disease, confirmed by your child's physician, such as chicken pox, measles, mumps, or strep throat. We will watch for symptoms in other students and notify their parents when appropriate. Please provide the Health Office with a note from your physician indicating the diagnosis and releasing your child to return to school.
A child who was absent due to a fever must be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school. If your child has been absent due to a lice outbreak, please have him/her meet with the Health Clerk before returning to class. Please notify the school of any anticipated absence due to out-of-town trips, family emergencies or medical or dental appointments.
Please consider donating $47 per day for each student absence. This is the average amount MBUSD loses in school funding for every absence reported. Last year, we lost over $1,000,000 in funding.
Please drop off a check payable to "MBUSD," or log in to your MySchoolBucks account and pay through the Absence Donation portal in the School Store.
EXAMPLE: For a family with two children who will be absent for 2-days each, the suggested donation is $188.00 (2 students x 2 days x $47/day).