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How to Handle Absences

  • Good attendance benefits your child's education. Research is clear - students who attend school regularly do better academically and are more likely to establish work habits that help them succeed in life and work. Studies show that children who miss just one day of school fall two days behind in their school work. Students who are absent an average of 15 days a year miss a year's worth of school before their senior year, and students who miss 8 days or more each year are at risk of not graduating with their class. You play a vital role by helping your child attend school every day possible.
  • Teachers have a limited time to teach and research states that attendance directly correlates to academic achievement.  Our goal at Chico Junior is for everyone to try their very best to be here everyday and on time.  Our teachers get classes started first thing and need everyone prepared and ready to start.
Partial Day Attendance/Funding:
  • When your child has a doctor's appointment in the middle of the school day, bring him/her to school before or after the appointment. Your school receives full funding even if a student attends for part of the day.
  • Q: If my child has an excused absence, does the school still get funding? 
              A: No.  The school only receives funding when your child is present.
  • Remember: Partial day attendance does NOT count as an All Day Absence.
Clearing Absences:
  • Q. What do I do if my child is absent? 
  A: Upon return to school, make sure that your child has written documentation regarding his/her absence that is signed by a parent or guardian or call the school to clear the absence.
  • Absence Reminder: It is very important that a parent or guardian notifies the office whenever a child is absent.  When there is no verification within 3 school days, the absence is considered unexcused.  If a student accrues 3 or more unexcused absences, the student is considered to be truant (Ed Code 48260).  Please phone the office at 530-891-3066 ext 40115 any time to report your child's absence.  When leaving a message, please state your child's name, your name, date of absence and reason.  Thank you for your help in clearing all student absences! You can also email our Attendance Clerk, Ashley La Croixand leave the same above information. 
 Off Campus Permits:
          If you need to pick your child up during school hours, your student will need an off campus permit from the attendance office prior to leaving campus.  To receive this:
  • Send your child with a note that they can take to the attendance office.  Please state your student's first & last name, the reason, the time, & your name.
  • Call the attendance office at 530-891-3066 ext 40115 or email Attendance Clerk, Ashley La Croix, with the same information. 
  • Stop by the attendance office. Please allow as much time as possible prior to the appointment.  Your child could be in a class, such as P.E., which might delay contacting your student and their being ready to leave school.
Independent Study
  • Q: What do I do if my child is going to miss 5 or more consecutive days of school?  
               A:  Contact your school office as soon as possible to discuss the options available to keep your child on track academically. 

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