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Attendance Letters


The Santa Barbara Unified School District 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 your child’s learning.


Because attendance is fundamental to your student’s success and because our district is committed to student learning, it is important 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.
Under California Education Code, once a student has missed 3 or more unexcused absences, has missed 30 minutes or more on 3 separate days, a truancy letter will be mailed to the family. This is to communicate our concern regarding missed learning time that does not fall under an excused absence. Additional Truancy letters will be mailed and interventions will be implemented if absences continue.
In order to be consistent in our communications, our computers are pre-programmed to notify parents of excused and unexcused absences at different intervals. You will receive an attendance letter from the school upon your child’s 5th and then subsequently on the 10th.This is because excused or unexcused, your child is missing valuable learning time, and excused absences should be very limited.


Thank you for contacting us, we appreciate the opportunity to talk with you. Please call us if you have any other questions or would like to schedule a meeting with the principal.