Prompt and regular attendance is important. A student can never make up a day missed, even if assignments are completed. If a student is ill, parents need to contact the school office by 9 a.m. Makeup homework is not provided on the day of an absence unless specifically requested by a parent at the time of the morning phone call. When a student has been absent or tardy, a WRITTEN EXCUSE stating the reason and date of absence and signed by the parent is required even though the school was notified by phone. If a student is absent for more than 14 days in a trimester, report card grades may be withheld. The only excused absence is personal illness or death within the immediate family.
Families will be contacted by letter after a student is tardy 3 times in one trimester. Students need to be on time for school on a daily basis.
“A student who is absent from school more than three (3) days in one school year without an excuse or who is tardy in excess of thirty (30) minutes on each of four (4) days or more in one (1) school year, without a valid excuse, is a truant.”
(Administrative Handbook, Archdiocese of Los Angeles)
Our Lady of the Assumption School cooperates with Ventura Unified School District in matters of absenteeism / tardies / truancy. The following are listed as excused absences with a note from the parent / doctor or other guardian:
- student illness
- medical appointments
- court appearance
- quarantine by the health office
- the funeral of an immediate family member
The following are unexcused absences:
- transportation problems
- medical problems of parent
- funeral of non-immediate family member
- unverified absences
- personal necessity
Families with excessive unexcused tardies/absences may be referred to the Ventura Unified StudentAttendance Review Board.
If at all possible, please make doctor and dental appointments outside of regular school hours. When a student must miss school for medical/dental appointments, WRITTEN CERTIFICATION from the doctor’s/dentist’s office is required following the appointment. Written parental permission is required before a student is excused. The student is met at the office by the parent who signs a release before taking him/her. Parents may NOT go directly to classrooms to get children or to give children lunches or messages. Upon their return to school after a period of absence, students will be presented with missed work needing completion. In the case of a contagious disease, a permit from a doctor or Public Health Dept. is required before return to school.
BOOKS: Textbooks are numbered and assigned to students who are expected to be responsible for their proper care. All books must be covered with a durable cover at all times and carried to and from school in a book bag to minimize wear and tear. Lost or damaged books must be reported and paid for immediately. Hard-bound textbooks cost between $30.00 – $120.00.
Library books may be borrowed from the school library for a period of one week. A fine of 25¢ a day per book is charged for overdue library books. Lost or damaged books must be replaced by involved party.