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Students are required by State law and District policy to attend school on a regular basis. Any student missing an excessive

number of days will be subject to a review by the Assistant Principal and may face possible truancy proceedings.



A student is considered truant if a parent/guardian does not excuse an absence by calling the 24-hour attendance line (408) 558-3063) or speaking directly with the attendance clerk. If a student has excessive truants, they will be considered willfully defiant of the authority of the school and subject to other disciplinary action. According to California Education Code, any student who has 3 or more unexcused absences over 3 days is considered a truant (Cal. Ed. Code 48260.5[a]). If the student’s attendance does not improve, the student will be labeled a habitual truant. A habitual truant is a student who has been reported as a truant and has at least 5 unexcused absences over 5 different days. If this occurs, both the student and parent/guardian will appear in front of the Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) to determine appropriate educational options. If improvement does not occur, the habitual truants are referred to the Santa Clara County Office of the District Attorney for Truancy Mediation. Possible consequences of this process include:


  • An unspecified dollar amount fine (for parent and/or student)
  • Student work permit revoked
  • Student driving & parking privileges revoked
  • Minimum 1 year or more suspended driver’s license up until 25 years of age
  • Community Service



All-day absences must be called in directly by a parent/guardian to the 24 hour attendance line (408) 558-3063) before 10:30 a.m. on the day of the absence. All absences must be cleared within three days to avoid being designated as “truant.” Parents may not clear or approve tardies. It is important that parents monitor their student’s attendance using our School Loop program.


Tardy Consequences

Once a student has reached a 5th tardy in any one class, the teacher will notify a parent. If a student receives a 6th tardy, the teacher will send the student to the Assistant Principal and receive a half hour detention. Every consecutive tardy from this point on will earn the student a half hour detention until the end of the semester. If the student is a SVCTE student, they must serve a detention the next morning, before school from 6:50 to 7:20am.


Tardy Sweeps

Tardy sweeps take place randomly throughout the year. A tardy sweep is when the school administration notifies the teachers to lock their doors when the bell rings, and all tardy students who are not in their rooms must check in to the library where they will be assigned an automatic detention.