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Attendance is extremely important for academic success.  It is important that your child arrive at school on time every day.

The first bell rings at 7:55 a.m. and the tardy bell rings at 8:00 a.m.  Students are to be in their class lines at 7:55.  Students who arrive on campus after the tardy bell rings are considered tardy.  If students arrive after the 8:00 tardy bell, they will be required to check in at the front doors of the school.  Students arriving after 8:15 must check into the office. 

Excessive tardiness and/or absences will result in an attendance letter and/or Student Attendance Review Team (SART).  Students with continued excessive absences and tardies will be referred to the Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) at the district Child Welfare and Attendance office.

If your child is absent for more than one day and you would like to request make-up work, please call the school prior to 8:30 a.m. This will give the teacher adequate time to have it ready for you to pick up by the end of the school day.

Please note the following regulations regarding attendance:


Education code Section 48260(a) defines a “truant” as “Any pupil subject to compulsory full-time education or to compulsory continuation education who is absent from school without valid excuse three full days or tardy or absent more than any 30 minute period during the school day without a valid excuse on three occasions in one school year, or any combination thereof, is a truant and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor or superintendent of the school district.”

Education Code Section 48260.5 states that districts, upon a student’s initial classification as a truant, must notify the student’s parent or guardian by using the most cost effective method possible, which may include electronic mail or a telephone call:

*          That the student is truant

*          That the parent or guardian is obligated to compel the attendance of the student at school

*          That parents or guardians who fail to meet this obligation may be guilty of an infraction and subject to prosecution pursuant to Education Code Section 48290.

Habitual Truant

Education Code Section 48262 – “Any pupil is deemed a habitual truant who has been reported as a truant three or more times per school year, provided that no pupil shall be deemed an habitual truant unless an appropriate district officer or employee has made a conscientious effort to hold at least one conference with a parent or guardian of the pupil and the pupil himself/herself, after the filing of either of the reports required by Section 48260 or Section 48261.  For the purposes of this section, a conscientious effort means attempting to communicate with the parents of the pupil at least once using the most cost-effective method possible, which may include electronic mail or a telephone call.” (Amend. Stats. 19976, Ch. 1010)


Education Code 48264.5 - states “Any minor who is required to be reported as a truant pursuant to Section 48260 or 4826 may be required to attend makeup classes conducted on one day of a weekend pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 37223.  If attendance does not improve students may receive a written warning from law enforcement, be referred to the district Student Attendance and Review Board (SARB), required to attend a county truant prevention class, and/or be adjudged a ward of the courts for repeated truancy.  Students who fail to complete assigned actions subject their parents to one or more progressive consequences up to and including a fine of $2000 and or jail time. 

STEP-UP (Saturday Tutorial Enrichment Preparation – Upward Program)

In an effort to provide students with an opportunity to recover instructional time, the Rialto Unified School District will continue the Saturday Tutorial Enrichment Preparation-Upward Program (STEP-UP) during the 2019-2020 school-year.  The STEP-UP sessions will include instruction in language arts, mathematics, and other subject areas.  In addition, students attending a STEP-UP session will be eligible to recover an absence that may be applied towards perfect attendance status.  Absences due to suspension are not recoverable. 


The Saturday morning sessions will be conducted from 8:00-12:00 for all 1st-5th grade students, and 8:00-11:00 for TK and kindergarten students.  Lunch will be provided if requested on time.  The front office must be notified by 8:00 am on the Thursday prior to the Saturday class for a school lunch to be provided.  No lunches will be provided if requested after 8:00 on the Thursday prior to the Saturday session.  The curriculum activities will be aligned with the current state standards for your child’s grade level.  It is expected that students attending the Saturday session will arrive on time and cooperate during the session.  Please note that all regular school rules including the dress code will be enforced.  We urge you to take advantage of this opportunity and plan on having your student attend.  With your support, we can further instill the importance of learning and attendance.

Attendance Verification Agreement