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Attendance

Absences
Daily attendance is very important for your child's education. If your child will be absent for any reason, please call our 24-hour attendance line at 408 335-2145. Leave a message stating the name of the student, grade, date, teacher's name, reason for absence, your name and relationship to the child. For your child’s safety, Blossom Hill uses a program called "operation safe call." If your child does not arrive at school and we have not received an absence message, we will call you. Please help minimize our daily calls by notifying us immediately when your child will be absent or tardy.
 
When a child has been absent from school for any period of time, a note from home is required. If the absence is due to illness, please state the date and type of illness. If your child comes down with a contagious illness, please notify the office immediately. We are required to send exposure notices to each family in a contagious child's class. Three or more unexcused absences constitute a truancy.


Make-Up Work
Classroom teachers will provide parents with their basic procedures regarding make-up assignments at Back to School Night. Assignments missed due to a short illness (three or fewer days) will be made up upon the student’s return to school. Teachers do not provide assignments for absences due to family vacations. Please schedule family trips to correspond with scheduled school holidays. Regular attendance is critical for your student’s progress.
 
Unexcused Absences/Tardiness
Children should be in their classrooms before the 8:10 a.m. bell. Late arrival requires obtaining a tardy slip from the office and results in loss of valuable class time. Promptness is a necessary courtesy to the teacher and other students. Having students realize the importance of arriving on time helps them build good habits for life. Three or more tardies and/or unexcused absences constitute truancy. Vacations (even when the school is notified) are considered unexcused absences. The school is required by the state to send out truancy letters after each report period when five or more unexcused absences or tardies have occurred. If a pattern of habitual tardiness or unexcused absences develops, parents may be required to attend a truancy hearing.


Restructured/Minimum Days
Minimum days are set aside each year for Parent-Teacher Conferences, Back to School Night, Open House, and the last day of school. Additionally, each Wednesday is restructured with early dismissal so teachers can collaborate with their grade level team.
 
In-Service Days
For the 2016-2017 school year, the in-service day is October 3. In-service days are full days with no classes scheduled to allow teachers to participate in district-wide professional development training.