•  Facts about school attendance:       

    • School attendance is a legal requirement.
    • Three days of greater than 30 minute tardies to school (after 8:25 am) equals one unexcused absence.
    • Please bring a doctor’s note in ANY time you take your child to the doctor. We can excuse absences or tardies with a doctor's note.
    • Vacations and/or days out of town are NOT considered excused absences by the State of California - even if you call to tell us about it. * Please do your best to plan vacations over school breaks. 
    • Absences and tardiness can add up before you know it. Excessive absences and tardies can lead to your child being put on an attendance contract with the school district.
    • Students who are habitual truants are likely to suffer academically. Poor attendance can equal poor performance at school.
    • Excused absences and early pick-ups can also affect school performance and count against your child’s attendance record. 
    • If you are facing tough challenges related to accessing health care, unstable housing, poor transportation or lack of food, please reach out to us and we will do our best to help with resources.
    • Communication is key! Please call La Mesa Dale ANY time your student is going to miss a school day, regardless of the reason. We suggest programming the school number (619-668-5740) in your phone so you have it wherever you are.

    * If you take your child out of school for 5 or more days in a row, your student can be put on a study contract and your child will be given work to complete while you are gone. If all work is turned in and completed on time, those days will be excused. You must notify your child’s teacher two school days prior to leaving so they have enough time to get work together for the contract.

    Click here to read California school attendance laws: Attendance Laws for California 

    Haga clic aquí para leer las leyes de asistencia escolar de California: Leyes de asistencia de California   

    Attendance Tips to Promote Student Learning:

    • Please make sure your student has a set bedtime and establish a morning routine so they are rested and alert when they get to school.
    • Limit the amount of time your child spends on electronics devices and make sure electronics are turned off an hour before bedtime.
    • Make sure clothes and  backpacks are prepared for the next day the night before school.
    • Check with our Health Technician or office staff if you are not sure about when to keep your child at home due to illness.
    • Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.
    • Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your student feel anxious about going to school.
    • Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your student to school.
    Attending school has a HUGE impact on student success. This year we want to make sure every student misses no more than 9 days of school, or 1 day a month. We need your help.