Whom do I contact if my child is ill? Call the Attendance Office (24/7) at 619-510-4300, option 4 (ext. 3020) . All absences must be verified by a parent or guardian within 72 hours, or the absence(s) will become unexcused.

When reporting the absence, please clearly and slowly state:

  1. Your child's name (please spell the last name)
  2. Your relationship to the child
  3. The reason for the absence
  4. The date of the absence

Please note that due to the high volume of calls we receive, we cannot call you back to confirm we have received your message.

How do I take my child out of school before the school day ends? We always appreciate you scheduling doctor and dentist visits after school hours and on our minimum days. When that is not possible, please send your child to the Attendance Office with a note, before school starts in the morning.

Please include in the note:

  1. Reason for the early release
  2. Time of release
  3. Your signature and relationship to the child
  4. A daytime phone number

If you do not send your child to the attendance office with a note in the morning, please be aware that you may have a wait time of up to 20 minutes.

SDUSD Attendance Matters

Absence Definitions:
Personal Absences: A student shall be excused from school for justifiable personal reasons including, but not limited to: court appearances, attendance at special religious ceremonies, attendance at religious retreats [not to exceed 4 hours per semester], school-initiated absences, and other family emergencies, provided student's absence is requested in writing by the parent and approved by the principal or designee.

Week-long Absences: If you have plans to have your child out of school for 5 school days or more, you can notify the school in writing or by phone, two weeks in advance and obtain a contract. Students and parents must come in to the Attendance Office to sign the contract, obtain work in advance from every teacher. As long as all work is completed and turned in within 2 days after student's return, the contract will be cleared.

Other absences: Other absences, not outlined above, although excused by parent, may not be excused by the district and will be recorded as unexcused absences.

Truancy: Absences not approved by the parent or acceptable to the school, or misrepresentation of facts, or refusal to cooperate to keep student in school as required by law.

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