Attendance Information and FAQs for Parents

  • Dear Parents / Estimados padres,

    The SMMUSD has developed attendance policies and procedures in order to comply with California state law. Our goal is to make sure you are aware of any absence and its impact on learning.

    Because attendance is fundamental to your student’s success and because our district is committed to student learning, it is imperative that we notify you when your child has missed school.

    Our school cares about your child’s educational success and expects all children to arrive to school on time, every school day.

    Our teachers begin instruction daily at 8:30 a.m. thereby requiring all children to be in class ready to learn.

    Unexcused (Parent Received L1, L2, L3 Letter) (Use following paragraph as appropriate)
    In accordance with the State of California’s Education Code [EC § 48260-48273], when any pupil is absent from school for 3 days or more without a valid excuse, or tardy 3 or more times in excess of 30 minutes we must notify the parent/guardian. Late arriving students disrupt and miss out on the valuable instructional process. Whenever possible we encourage all appointments including medical, therapy, dental and orthodontia to be scheduled after school hours or on non-school days.

    Excused (Parent Received EEA1, EEA2 Letter) (Use following paragraph as appropriate)
    In order to be consistent in our communications, our computers are pre-programmed to notify parents of student illnesses or excused absences at different intervals. You will receive an attendance letter from the school upon your child’s 8th and then subsequently on the 14th excused absence. This is because excused or unexcused, your child is missing valuable learning time, and excused absences should be very limited.

    We hope this information has helped you to better understand SMMUSD’s attendance Policies and procedures. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s attendance, please contact Karen Miller at or Principal Christian Fuhrer at at (310) 450-7651.

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