The State of California provides, by law, for compulsory school attendance by all children between the ages of six and sixteen, unless subject to a state exemption. Parents are responsible for compliance, and the school is obligated to keep accurate records of daily attendance for each student.
Therefore, if your child is absent from school, call the office at 650-312-7737 to let us know the reason for the absence and the expected date of return. If you do not make such a call, office personnel will call your home or work to verify absences. Students with excessive absences may be required to provide a doctor’s note to verify illness.
If your child is tardy or late for more than 5 minutes, please notify the office so that a lunch can be ordered if needed, and our records can be corrected. A child that is not in his/her classroom by 8:25 a.m. is considered tardy. Chronic tardies will result in appointments between the parents and the principal to review the problem.
Absences for reasons other than illness are strongly discouraged. If you sign your child out early (more that 30 minutes) without a valid excuse, he/she will be considered as partial day unexcused absent and, therefore, considered tardy. A pupil who is absent from school without valid excuse three full days in one school year or tardy or absent for more than any 30-minute period during the school day without a valid excuse on three occasions during one school year, or any combination thereof, is considered a TRUANT. Parents, remember that due to the nature of our program, attendance is vitally important. Students must be in class to hear and respond in Spanish. Excessive tardiness or absences may affect your child’s progress at Fiesta Gardens International School.
If your child needs to be dismissed early, call or send the office a note. When you come to pick up your child, you must sign them out FROM THE OFFICE. We will then call the classroom and ask the student to come to the office. If your child returns before the end of the school day, you and your child must check back in through the office.
We have experienced difficulty with the large windows on the walkway down the middle of our school. Students who see their parents quit working with the teacher. We can not afford to waste valuable instructional minutes. Please wait by the playground so that the children are not disrupted. We would greatly appreciate your help with this.
Personal messages to be delivered to children during the school day must be kept to a minimum. We will accommodate such requests ONLY IN VERY UNUSUAL CIRCUMSTANCES. Each request becomes a classroom disruption and an interruption to the instructional program.