Attendance Policy

Students are required by law to attend school 360 minutes each day. School District policy and State law requires daily school attendance for young people between the age of 6 and 18 (Education Code 48200). Students are expected to attend school regularly. In order for students to participate in extra curricular activities students must be in attendance the day of the event.

Absence Notification

Students who are absent should notify the school by either:

Written Note: Write a note with the following information and turn it in to your House Office:

  • The date note was written.
  • The date and periods of absence. 
  • The reason for the absence.
  • Parent/Guardian signature.

E-mail: Provide date of absence and reason for absence.

Phone Call: ATTENDANCE LINE 471-2520

  • House 1 Students: Ext: 60141
  • House 2 Students: Ext: 60142
  • House 3 Students: Ext: 60143

 Absences not cleared within two school days (48 hours) following the student’s return to school are considered CUTS. Consequences may include detention, Saturday school and/or In-House suspension. After previous interventions, excessive cutting is considered defiance, and students may be suspended. According to state law, excused absences from school are defined as:

  • Illness and quarantine
  • Medical, dental, or optometric appointments.
  • Attendance at funeral services for a member of the immediate family. (A maximum of one day for in-state and three days for out-of-state services are allowed.)
  • Religious commitment.
  • Jury duty/court appearance.

All other absences are UNEXCUSED (needed at home, vacation, missed the bus, vacation, went to D.M.V., etc.).

NOTE: All medical and dental appointments should be made after 3:30 p.m. All medical and dental appointments during the school day require that the name, address and telephone number of the doctor/dentist be furnished to the school. The school may not excuse the student if this requirement is not met. The standard procedure is that students will only be excused 1/2 hour before the appointment until 1/2 hour after the appointment.

For more information, please see the NHUSD Parent & Student Handbook