Research shows us that prompt and regular school attendance is an important key to student success in school. Each student in the West Valley School District is expected to demonstrate respect, concern, and caring for all staff, students, and community by being prompt and regularly attending classes.
With this in mind, we understand there are sometimes illnesses and emergencies which may cause your child to miss school. However, please pre-arrange all other absences with the school office and plan on having your child collect work from his or her teacher(s) so that they will miss as little classroom instruction as possible.
Student Attendance Laws require schools to petition the juvenile court for legal action after a student has SEVEN unexcused absences in a calendar month OR TEN unexcused absences in a school year. Jail time may be imposed on students by the Court. Also, parents can be fined up to $25 a day for their child’s unexcused absences. Please review our attendance policy for a full review of District Attendance requirements.
Tardy arrivals are disruptive to your child’s education, and the District strongly encourages students to be at school on time. Tardies are counted by fractions of the school day. Throughout the District, if a student misses more than 10 minutes of a period in secondary schools or one half of either the morning or afternoon in elementary schools, such a tardy will be counted as an absence.
An excused tardy, like an excused absence, must fall into one of the following four categories:
To verify an excused tardy, parent(s)/guardian(s) must notify the school either by phone, written note, or in person when the student arrives at school.
Parent(s)/guardian(s) are strongly encouraged to make appointments (doctor, dentist, etc.) for their child outside of school hours to avoid interruption of the school day. If a student’s tardiness becomes excessive, a parent conference with the principal or designee will be required in order to implement a plan to reduce tardiness.