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Report an Absence

Phone: 714-730-7505 Ext. 67101
Contact Person: Christina Rigney, Attendance




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Enter Date of Absence (Must contain a date in M/D/YYYY format)
Student Namerequired
Student First Name
Student Middle (optional)
Last Name
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Ex. Mrs. Tran
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Absence from school is one of the greatest contributing factors to unsatisfactory schoolwork.  Pupils are required by law and Education Code 48260 to attend school punctually and regularly:  Any pupil subject to compulsory full-time education who is absent from school without valid excuse three days in one school year or tardy or absent for more than any 30-minute period during the school day without valid excuse on three occasions in one school year is considered truant and may be reported to the attendance supervisor or to the superintendent of the school district.  It is the legal responsibility of parents or guardians to see that their school-aged children attend school every day for the entire day, unless they have a valid excuse.  Under the law, a child may be legally excused from attending school or for being tardy only for the following reasons: 1) illness, 2) medical or dental appointment for the student only, 3) death in the family, and 4) religious observance.  All other absences are unexcused.

Regular attendance at school is important for every Ladera student for the following reasons:

  • Students need to be in class to learn and develop social relationships with peers and adults.

  • The teaching-learning process builds on lessons previously taught.

  • Lessons often involve hands-on activities which cannot be duplicated with paper and pencil assignments outside of class.

  • Students develop the habits of scholarly behavior including good attendance and punctuality for future careers when following timelines and schedules.

  • School funding is dependent on scholar attendance.

Excused Absence:  Absence for causes listed in the State Educational Code are: illness, medical, dental, and optometry appointments.  For any type of doctor’s appointment, please bring a doctor’s note. Students that have a morning or afternoon doctor appointment are required to come to school for the portion of the day that the child is not at the doctor’s office.  (Example:  Scholars that have morning appointments must come to school after the appointment, if well enough, and scholars having afternoon appointments, must come to school for the morning).

Unexcused Absence:  Absences for any reason other than those listed above (includes family vacations, athletic events, extra-curricular events such as Brownies, Scouts, Indian Princess activities).  Truancy that is intentional is a violation of state attendance laws. While advance notice to the school for these types of absences is appreciated and noted, they will, regardless of advanced notice, will trigger attendance violation letters after the third unexcused absence. The purpose of the letter is to keep parents informed of the State of California compulsory education law.

Reporting Absences: Parents must email, submit an absence form, or call the school office to report your child’s absence.  The email should include the date(s) absence and reason for the scholar’s absence. 

NOTE: Parents must report an absence within 3 days by reporting the child’s  name, grade, reason for the absence and your relationship to the child,  one of the following ways:  

  • Call the school office  (714) 730-7505

  • Fill out the online student absence report above

  • Email Mrs. Rigney @

Tardies: Prioritizing on time arrival to school is critical. 

  • Students who arrive even just 2-3 minutes late miss-out on the benefits of a calm and predictable start to their school day. Thank you for your support with ensuring on-time arrival. 

  • Scholars arriving late to school or leaving school early 30 minutes and/or more will be considered truant if there is not a medical reason (see excused absences). Students leaving school more than 30 minutes prior to dismissal time (if not a medical reason), qualifies as an unexcused tardy.

Consequences for Truancy or Absence (per district and school policy):  On the student’s first day back to school after an absence, the student must bring a signed written note from his/her parent/guardian which lists the date of absence and specific reason for the absence. In lieu of a written note, a parent/guardian may call the school office or e-mail Email Mrs. Rigney, school attendance clerk @

      After 3 unexcused absences  -->1st  Truancy letter will be sent home

      After 6 unexcused absences -->2nd  Truancy letter will be sent home

                                                                Request for parent conference

    After 9 unexcused absences -->3rd  Truancy letter will be sent home

                                                                Possible SARB referral

Scholars who have excessive absences/tardies may be referred to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB).

Please remember that consistent attendance (including being on time to school) is critically important to your child’s education.  Please refrain from scheduling vacations while school is in session.