The Attendance Office is regulated and audited by the State of California-All Absences (Including early dismissal & late arrivals) MUST go through the Attendance Office.
LHS is a Closed Campus - In order to keep students in a supervised, safe, and orderly environment, students shall not leave the school grounds at any time during the school day without written permission of their parents and school authorities. Students who leave school without authorization shall be classified truant and subject to disciplinary actions.
What do I do if my child is absent all day?
Option 1: Call the Attendance Office
Option 2: Send a note with your child the day they return and have them drop it off at the Attendance Office.
Option 3: Send an Email to the Attendance Office. If you have a Doctor’s Note, please attach it to the email.
(Early Dismissal on Rally Days and Friday’s before a 3 Day Weekend/Holiday Break will take longer to process requests.)
Must be cleared within 5 days or else it will be left as truant.
An automated dialer will call, email, text you when your student is marked absent one or more periods during any school day.
What do I do if my child is sick at school?
If you receive a phone call/text message from your child stating they are sick, please have your child report to the school nurse immediately. The nurse will check them out to go home if necessary.
Please note if the Attendance Office or Nurse call you that your student is ill they will call the Primary Contacts first and then go down the list of contacts if the Primary Contacts can’t be reached.
When calling the Attendance Office
Please have ready or leave the following information
Child’s First and Last Name
Spelling of the Last Name
Date of Absence or Time of Release
Reason for Early Release, Absences, or Tardy
Excused Absences Consist of the Following:
Illness (after 3 days of absences, a medical note is required)
Quarantine directed by the county or city officer
Medical, dental and optometric appointments (please bring in a medical note to verify)
Attending funeral services of a member of the student’s immediate family, so long as such absence is not more than one day if the services is local and not more than 3 days if the services is out of state.
For the purpose of jury duty in the manner provided for by law
Due to the illness or medical appointment during school hours of a child of whom the student is the custodian.
Attendance at a student’s religious retreat not to exceed 4 hours per semester
Funeral service for someone other than an immediate family member
Observance of a holiday or ceremony of his or her religion
Attendance at an employment conference
Attendance at an educational conference on legislative or judicial process offered by a nonprofit organization when the pupil’s absence has been requested in writing by the parent and approved by the principal or a designated representative pursuant to uniform standards established by the governing board.
For serving as a member of a precinct board for an election pursuant to Section 12302 of the Election’s Code.
For the purpose of spending time with a member of the pupil’s immediate family, who is an active duty member of the uniformed services
Attending the pupil’s naturalization ceremony to become a United States Citizen
*Students with excused absences under these circumstances will be allowed to complete all assignments and test missed.
Leave of grounds
What do I do if my child is leaving early?
Students are required to check out through the Attendance Office. To receive a Leave of Grounds a parent/guardian must do one of the following:
Option 1: Send an Email at least 1 hour prior to the time of release. Email must match the email address listed on the Primary Contact. (Reminder: The Attendance Office is continuously active with phone calls, students, and parents in the office. Emails are checked as often as time allows.”
Option 2: Send a Note with your child in the morning and have them take it to the Attendance Office to pick up an Early Dismissal Slip before Class, during Break or Lunch.
Option 3: Call the Attendance Office at least one hour prior to the time they need to leave class.
Option 4: Come in to the Attendance Office to sign your child out. It could take up to ½ hour for us to dismiss students from a Class. (I.E. Break/Lunch, P.E. Class and Class Testing)
*Please do not have your student wait for you in the office for an entire period. If a student is waiting in the office for more than 10 minutes, they might be sent back to class.
If your student will be out for at least 3 days due to a medical illness or a personal excused reason please contact Mrs. Susan Moua in the Counseling Office and allow at least 1 day for teachers to gather work. You can also check the Aeries Portal for missing assignments.
What do I do if my child is arriving late?
Option 1: Send a note with your child. When they arrive, have them check in at the Attendance Office prior to attending class. If they go directly to class they might be asked to go back to the Attendance Office to get a slip.
Option 2: Call the Attendance Office
Option 3: Walk into the Attendance Office with your child and check them in.
Please communicate if your student is checking out of school to attend elsewhere. Once a student has checked out with his/her counselor, he/she should go to the Attendance Office with their books to receive a Check-out Form.
Students with temporary disabilities
If a student is going to be out of school for a medical reason for an extended length of time, please contact their counselor for information on the Home & Hospital Program
18 year old contract
When a student turns 18 they are of legal age to clear their own absences.
A signed contract is required
Eligibility to obtain an 18-Year-Old Contract will be based upon 90% (or higher) attendance rate and a 2.0 (or higher) GPA.
Upon completion, parents will need the student’s consent to read his/her school records.
If students do not maintain a 90% attendance rate and a 2.0 GPA once the contract is signed, administration has the right to revoke it.
It is the student’s responsibility to maintain a 90% attendance rate.
SARB-Student Attendance Review Board
When a student has excessive absences that have not been verified by a parent or guardian a letter is sent home. Meaning a student has missed more than 10% of school attendance.
The process is 3 letters - the 1st is informational; the 2nd requires a meeting with an Assistant Principal; the 3rd involves a hearing at the county courthouse.
In order to participate in the graduation ceremony, students must have 90% attendance rate.
Medical notes and school activities are not counted against the student.
Please be aware that the attendance percentage shown in the student portal is NOT the percentage we use for senior attendance, as this is based on days missed.
If you or your student would like to check on his/her senior attendance, contact Ms. Leal or Ms. Madsen in the attendance office.