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Attendance Information

The attendance procedures are listed below. We ask that parents familiarize themselves with the procedures. Please remember that regular attendance is essential for your students’ learning is the basis for success. Students are expected to attend all classes as assigned.
If your child is absent all day due to illness, dental or doctor appointments, etc., please send a signed note with your child, dial 831-583-2060 (press 2), or email the attendance office. Please make sure you give the following information:
  • Student’s first and last name
  • ID #
  • Dates of absence
  • Reason for absence
  • Caller’s full name and phone number, in case we need to contact the guardian/parent.
  • If sending a note, please provide both your signature and printed name.


If your child is late due to dental or doctor appointments... please send your child with the medical note, call or email the attendance office. Also, be specific with the start and end time of the doctor's appointment. A student should not miss a whole day of school to attend an appointment unless the doctor requires it.


    • Send a note, call, or email the Attendance Office (you may request a permit in advance).
    • Parents/guardians must be specific of the date, the reason, and time the student needs to leave campus.
    • The student may then pick up a “Permit to Be Absent” at the Attendance Office.

         Failure to request a permit may result in the absence of becoming automatic truancy.


If students are late to class due to a meeting with a counselor or other staff, it is the student's’ responsibility to request a note from the staff member and turn it into the attendance office.  If students are late to class for any other reason, they will be marked tardy.


 When a student does not feel well, the student should:

    • Report to class and request a pass from the teacher to go to the Nurse Office.
    • If the student needs to go home due to illness, the Nurse will contact a parent/guardian or emergency contact. The student will be given a “Permit To Be Absent” by the Nurse. Due to safety reasons, students are not allowed to contact parents from the classroom or by cell phone for pick up.
    • If a student is ill and NO ONE CAN BE REACHED, they may rest in the Nurse Office for a brief period or return to class.
    • If the Nurse is not available, students may go to the Attendance Office.

Under no circumstances should a student leave campus without permission. Marina High is a closed campus. Students must have a "Permit to be Absent." If your student goes off-campus without permission, he/she will be marked “CUT”. Too many “CUT’s” will result in truant.


Truant absences may result in loss of eligibility to participate in school activities.

Parents please be aware of the attendance procedures and understand that attendance is crucial for your students’ success in high school.

Lates & Tardies

At Marina High, we want all of our students to be successful. Research tells us that lateness in high school is associated with increased dropout rates and failure (Attendance Works). Therefore, all students are expected to make up for instructional time missed due to an unexcused late or tardy:

1. If a student is late or tardy, he/she will be assigned a lunch reflection to be served on the same day.

2. If the student does not attend the lunch detention, he/she will be placed on the Loss of Privileges list until the detention is clear.


Loss of privileges include not being able to attend dances, rallies, sporting events, or play on an athletic team.


Under California Education Code 46000 and MPUSD BP # 5113/AR #5113 schools must track all absences and report them to the state.

Reporting Absences:

1. All absences must be cleared by telephone, email, or note. Only parents or legal guardians may clear absences.

2. Parents may call their school’s Attendance Office and speak directly to the attendance clerk or school secretary.

3. All absences should be cleared within 24 hours of their occurrence. An absence not cleared for five days will be considered truant.


EXCUSED ABSENCES (EC §48205): (a) Notwithstanding Section 48200, a pupil shall be excused from school when the absence is:

1. Due to his or her illness.

2. Due to quarantine under the direction of a county/city health officer.

3. For the purpose of having medical, dental, optometrical, or chiropractic services rendered.

4. For the purpose of attending the funeral services of a member of his or her immediate family, so long as the absence is not more than one day if the service is conducted in California and not more than three days if the service is conducted outside California.

5. For the purpose of jury duty in the manner provided for by law.

6. Due to the illness or medical appointment during school hours of a child of whom the pupil is the custodial parent.

7. For justifiable personal reasons, including, but not limited to, an appearance in court, attendance at a funeral service, observance of a holiday or ceremony of his or her religion, attendance at religious retreats, attendance at an employment conference, or attendance at an educational conference on the legislative or judicial process offered by a nonprofit organization when the pupil's absence is requested in writing by the parent or guardian and approved by the principal or a designated representative pursuant to uniform standards established by the governing board.

8. For the purpose of serving as a member of a precinct board for an election pursuant to Section 12302 of the Elections Code.

9. For the purpose of spending time with a member of the pupil’s immediate family, who is an active duty member of the uniformed services, as defined in Section 49701, and has been called to duty for, is on leave from, or has immediately returned from, deployment to a combat zone or combat support position. 


Any student is considered truant if absent from school without a valid excuse provided by their parent or guardian for three full days in one school year. If the student is tardy 30 minutes after any class period or absent during the school day without a verified excuse on three occasions in one school year, they are also considered truant. A student found to be truant will be given a referral by the teacher or site administrator. Students who are habitually truant are in violation of the Education Code and are subject to referral to the justice court system and/or the School Attendance Review Board (SARB) - Ed Code 48264.5

Truancies, BP #5113.1/ AR#5113.1 Attendance Contract (2/2008): Students with chronic attendance and/or tardy problems will be placed on an administrative attendance contract; further attendance noncompliance will result in a referral to SARB/District Attorney or transfer to an alternative school program.

Short Term Independent Study


This program is available when students are planning to be absent five to fifteen days. The school site will complete a contract with the parents and assign curriculum to be completed by their agreed return date.