Please do not schedule family vacation times for when school is in session. Daily school attendance is important for many reasons. The instruction a student misses with his/her classroom community can never be made up. Even if the written work is completed, student learning is compromised. In addition, Mesa loses $42 for each day each child misses school, whether or not the absence is excused. We appreciate your support in getting students to school each day since it demonstrates to your child that school is important – a positive attitude for students to develop.
Reporting an Absence
To clear an absence, please do ONE of the following:
- Call our office at (805) 485-1411.
- send a note to the office with your child
Please don’t forget to include the following in your message or note:
- Child’s full name
- Date of absence
- Specific nature of the absence (illness, vacation, funeral, etc.)
- Your relationship to the student
- Please sign and date all notes
It is important to clear an absence within 72 hours. After three unexcused absences, a child can be declared truant. A total of 10 days absence per year is considered excessive. Our office will mail absence letters to remind parents if absences are excessive as part of our “Every Day Counts” program.
School begins at 8:25am. Students who arrive at school after the bell rings are considered tardy. If a parent cannot escort the student to the office, a note from the parent is required with a valid excuse.
Promptness is very important since students miss valuable directions and instruction. They are then at a real disadvantage. Furthermore, when they enter the class late, it disturbs the learning environment for other students.
Early Release from School
Students who must leave school during the regular day should have a note from the parent indicating the time the child is to be excused and the reason. The parent or designee on the emergency card must pick the student up from the office, where they will be asked to sign a register and to show identification if unknown. Parents may not pick a child up from the classroom. It is our school policy to not release children to anyone other than the parent, guardian, or other previously authorized persons designated on the emergency card or via a note written on the particular day of release.
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.
To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
(833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.