Attendance Policy

Pio Pico Middle School expects our students to attend school regularly and on time. Your educational progress depends on attending school. It is impossible to receive an education if you are not present at school.


California's Compulsory Education Code Section 48200 states that it is the responsibility of the parents to see that their children attend school regularly. This law also states that the parent has the responsibility to send their children to school every day on time.


Procedure for absences:




A student shall be excused from school when the absence is:


Due to his or her illness.


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


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


For the purpose of attending the funeral services of a family member of his or her immediate family, so long as the absence is not more than one day if the service is conducted in CA, and not more than 3 days if it is outside of CA.


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


When the absence has been pre-approved by the principal for reasons such as: court, religious holiday, religious retreats, funeral attendance.


1. Day of absence parent may contact the school directly 0 323-733-8801. This allows the attendance office to gather any work your child may miss to send home.


2. Day after absence if the parent did not call the day of, the student must bring a note to the attendance office BEFORE SCHOOL.


If a student is scheduled for surgery:

A parent/guardian must come in and speak with the school nurse. The school nurse can begin the process of arranging a home/hospital teacher to come to the student's home. This teacher will conduct classroom instruction while the student is recuperating. This instruction will help the student to not be behind once he/she is allowed to return to school.


Picking students up early:

All appointments should be made for after school hours; however, students should only be picked up early from school if they have an appointment (i.e. doctor, dentist, court). It is very important to stay in school for the entire day, unless there is an excused appointment.


Unexcused Absences:

Any absence for reasons other than those listed as EXCUSED ABSENCES are deemed unexcused. The District is required by law to seek an explanation (a written note or verbal justification) regarding all absences. Upon the third unexcused or un-cleared absence for more than any 30-minute period from school in any school year, the student may be classified as truant. This could be 4111) n)_ grounds for referral to the SARB and on to the City or District Attorney's Office for possible prosecution.