Attendance  - Absences, Tardies, & Truancy

Research shows that school attendance is a strong indicator of academic success.  It’s about students learning what they need to know, connecting to the school community, and preparing for success this year and in future years. Our fast facts on attendance can be found here.

Absences & Tardies

Please report all absences and tardies as soon as possible by either:

Calling the school attendance line (650) 637-4843


Emailing Julie Bakhtegan and your teacher.

Please include the following information when emailing or calling:

Our primary focus with attendance is the safety and location of every child. Communication about a child’s planned absence or tardiness helps prevent safety concerns. If you know in advance that your child will have to miss any amount of school, please be sure to notify the school office and the classroom teacher ahead of time.


Students are considered tardy if they are not lined up when the 8:15 am bell rings for grades TK-K, and if not lined up by 8:25 am for grades 1-5.  Any student arriving after their bell rings must first go to the office for a tardy slip before entering their classrooms. We ask parents to set a routine for on-time arrival at school.  Chronic tardies can result in letters sent home, problem-solving meetings with school personnel, and/or wellness checks from law enforcement or community agency personnel.


We encourage you to make appointments for your student outside regular school hours, if at all possible. If it is necessary for you to remove your child from school, please come first to the office to sign out your child. The child must be signed out by an adult (parent or someone authorized on the emergency card) and signed back in upon arrival back at school.  Please provide a "school note" from your health care provider upon arrival back to school.


Requests for homework should be requested from the teacher via email at least 5 days prior to the absence. Please do not interrupt classroom instruction to ask for missed assignments.


The California Legislature defined a truant in very precise language. As defined by Education Code Section 48260 (a), a pupil subject to compulsory full-time education or to compulsory continuation education who is absent from school without a valid excuse three full days in one school year or tardy or absent for more than a 30-minute period during the school day without a valid excuse on three occasions in one school year, or any combination thereof, shall be classified as a truant and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor or to the superintendent of the school district. This classification and referral help emphasize the importance of school attendance and is intended to help minimize interference with instruction.


Education Code Section 48263.6: Any pupil subject to compulsory full-time education or to compulsory continuation education who is absent from school without a valid excuse for ten percent or more of the school days in one school year, from the date of enrollment to the current date, is deemed a chronic truant, provided that the appropriate school district officer or employee has compiled with Education Codes Sections 48260, 48260.5, 48261, 48262, 48263, and 48291.

Belmont-Redwood Shores School District staff believes that every minute of a child’s time at school is important. Children who are absent for even one day, or who arrive later than their classmates, miss valuable instruction time and can easily fall behind in school. They also miss important socialization time and fun with their peers. Our pupil attendance policies include state truancy legal requirements and Intervention strategies.


If the truancy is not corrected, students will be referred to the San Mateo County School Attendance Review Board (SARB). Truancy letters are generated during the school year. For more information on excused/unexcused absences and truancy, contact the school principal.

More information can be found on the District Website.