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Attendance and Tardy Policy


Attendance and Tardy Policy

Daily attendance paves the way for academic success and is a priority at Sylmar Leadership Academy. Student absences must be accounted for according to California State law. We encourage our families to plan vacations and medical appointments in coordination with the school calendar. Please provide us with a note explaining your child’s absence. Excused absences include: illness of the child, death of an immediate family member, and a doctor/dentist visit. All unexcused absences are detrimental to our school as they equate to a loss of funding. Absences will become truancies if they are not cleared within three days after a student returns to school. The District goal is for all students to attend school 96% of the time or better, having no more than 5-7 absences per school year. Please ensure your child attends school every day, on time, and for the full length of the school day.

Students who are absent five days or more due to illness must clear the absences through the School Nurse. In addition, clearance is required of students who come to school with casts and doctor's excuses for restricted physical education. 

If your child arrives tardy to school, a parent must accompany him/her to the office to be signed in. The District sends two automated telephone messages daily to all homes of students who are tardy and/or absent. If a student must leave early for any reason, he/she will only be released from the office to a parent, guardian, or person listed on the emergency card.

Our counselor will be assisting families of students who are frequently absent and/or habitually tardy. Please contact Mrs. Lieberman at 818-367-1044 for assistance.