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Ms. Swart, Attendance Secretary 


Student Attendance is Critical

Statistics show that students who attend school regularly are significantly more likely to pass their classes than those who are absent.  Similarly, students who arrive to class on time are significantly more likely to succeed than those who are tardy.  The bottom line: students need to be in class and on time to have their best chance at success.

Excused Absences
  • Illness
  • Death in the immediate family
  • Medical/dental appointments for student
  • Advance written request is required from parent or guardian for:
  • Court appearance

Legally Excused Absences (Ed Code 48205)

Timely Notification

Thank you to the families who call or email Ms. Swart to notify them of a student's absence and illness.  Please understand that our daily average attendance is about 95%-96%, which means on a given day, we might have as many as 100 students who miss school.  This means at least 100 students a day who need to have their attendance posted in our student information system. This also means we are losing 4%-5% of our overall funding due to absences.  

A school like Santa Teresa High School should have a daily average attendance closer to 97%-98%, which means we are definitely losing about 2% of our annual budget.  Please help ensure your student attends school regularly.

Short-term Independent Studies

If your student is going to miss 5-15 consecutive school days, you are encouraged to notify the Attendance Office as soon as possible to apply for Short-Term Independent Studies.

If your student qualifies, your student will be assigned a Short-Term Independent Studies teacher, work to do during the time the student is out of school, and the opportunity to have the absences excused if the work is completed.

For more information, please contact Ms. Becky Swart at 408-347-6221.

Compulsory Attendance

California compulsory education law requires everyone age 6-18 to attend school until graduation from high school or passing the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE).

Here is the link to the District Attendance Policy.

Here is the link to view the District Information and Policies regarding Truancy and SARB.