We encourage ALL of our students to attend school each day and bring a positive attitude to school. When your child is absent from school, please call the attendance line and report the reason for the absence.
Attendance Hotline: Parents - We have added a new "Attendance Hotline" at (760)726-5766 extension 61555. Please call the school and use this line to report student's absences, or email: anitachapman@vistausd.org

VUSD District Policy: Absence from school shall be allowed only for: personal illness or injury, quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer, medical, dental, optometric or chiropractic services rendered, attendance at the funeral services for a member of the immediate family, jury duty in the manner provided by law, pupil who is custodial parent of a child who is ill or has a medical appointment during school, exclusion for failure to present evidence of immunization, exclusion from school because student is either the carrier of a contagious disease or not immunized for a contagious disease.


Parents shall notify the school within 72 hours of the last day of the pupil's absence. (72 hours equals three (3) days).

  1. Absences remaining unverified for three or more days after the student's return to school will be considered truant or unexcused.
  2. Less than three unverified absences are considered UNEXCUSED.
  3. Three or more unverified absences are considered TRUANT.

On the first day of a pupil's absence and on each subsequent day of absence, parents or guardians must present a satisfactory explanation, verifying the reason for absence. The verification may be made in conversation or in a signed note.

1. Required documentation should include all of the following elements: full name of
student, date(s) of absence, specific reason of absence, name and/or identify (i.e. mother or father) of person, providing the information, name and signature of person/employee making/logging the verification, date the verification was

2. Any student with ten (10) excused absences, verified by phone calls, will be required to provide a written explanation for any/all future absences. This verification must be written by the appropriate professional on his/her letterhead, addressing the medical, legal or bereavement reason(s).


A student who is habitually absent may be referred by the school's administration office
to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB). School officials will notify the family prior to the SARB referral. If you are having attendance concerns for your child, please contact his/her teacher and/or the administration office.


The School Attendance Review Board (SARB) is a process established to address any social, personal and/or academic struggles by students who do not attend school regularly. The board comprised of various representatives such as the Coordinator of Attendance, mental health, district nurse, probation department, county office and school officials, is set to provide an intervention for the family and the student. Once the intervention is in place, if the student continues to record 10 or more absences,
the family is then referred to the District Attorney's Office by our SARB team.

Students with excessive absences will be referred to a SARB hearing panel. This process includes:

Step #1: SARB letter #1 will be sent after the 3rd unexcused absence.

Step #2: SARB letter #2 will be sent after the 6th unexcused absence.

Step #3: SARB letter #3 will be sent after the 9th unexcused absence.
A meeting with the district SARB panel will take place and the student may be placed on a SARB contract. Parents will be notified of the time and place for the meeting.

Step #4: Referral to District Attorney's Office for violating SARB contract

Tardy Policy

1st / 2nd Teacher warns student.

3rd /4th Teacher meets with student and contacts parents.

Interventions for additional or ongoing tardy incidents:

  • Teacher contacts parents to formerly meet with Village teachers to create a plan of action.
  • Student is required to attend after school classes on time management and organization.
  • The Principal will meet with the student and parents to discuss the Participation Agreement
    and discuss exiting or placing the student under academic/behavior probation.