Please call before 9:00 AM on each day your child is going to be absent or late.
The attendance line is (949) 858-0343 (24 hours).

Attendance voice mail is reviewed every morning several times.

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Important Attendance Information

Schools are provided funding by the State of California based on student attendance. Funding is not received for any student absence, including excused absences. In the 2017-2018 school year, Trabuco Elementary lost more than $22,000 due to student absences. In the 2016-2017 school year, we lost more than $16,000. To ensure our students receive the maximum amount of resources, the district asks that vacations and other non-essential activities be scheduled after school hours and during school breaks. Please pay particular attention to the following:

  • Tardies - Any student arriving between 8:01 am and 8:30 am is tardy. Parents will receive Tardy Letters when a student has accumulated 5, 10, 15, and 20 tardies. All students must check into the office and receive a tardy pass when arriving after 8:00 am.
  • Truant Tardies - Any student arriving more than 30 minutes late to school without a valid excuse is considered “tardy truant”.
  • Early Dismissals - Any student leaving school more than 30 minutes early for reasons other than medical appointments will be marked unexcused. Dismissals from the health office will be excused.
  • Unexcused Absences - Excused absences include personal injury or illness, and required medical services/appointments. There are some exceptions to this, but most other absences are unexcused.
  • Truancy Letters - Parents receive Unexcused/Truant Letters when a student reaches 3, 6, and 10 unexcused absences or truants: a combination of unexcused absences, unexcused early dismissals and truant tardies.
  • Absence Letters - Parents will receive an Absence Letter when a child reaches 8 and 14 or more excused absences. After 14 excused absences, a doctor’s note is required to excuse additional absences.

If your child is late, absent, or leaves early due to a doctor’s appointment, please request a note from your doctor. Tardies and absences cleared by a doctor’s note do not count toward Unexcused/Truant Letters or 14-Day Absence Letters.

Please call the 24 hour attendance line when your student is absent for any reason. The Attendance Line is (949-858-0343).

For students who will be out of school for 5 or more consecutive days, an Independent Study Contract may be available. Please contact the office or your student’s teacher for further information regarding these contracts.