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Grossmont High School and the Grossmont Union High School District recognize the relationship between positive student attendance and academic success. We expect students to attend regularly and punctually, and we encourage parents to actively support this behavior. Truancy and tardiness to school/class results in: a loss of opportunity for maximum time on task, a decreased level of learning, and a disruption to others’ learning processes.
In accordance with State Education Code requirements, a student must be in class a minimum of sixty hours (60) to receive five units of credit.  There will be no automatic drop from class.  Students may be removed from class for excessive absences if the teacher determines that the absences in combination with lack of effort, lack of academic success, or poor attitude results in disruptive behavior.  The teacher will notify the parent/guardian of his/her recommendation to remove the student from the class with loss of credit. 

Students and parents/guardians must recognize that there is a direct relationship between school attendance and grades/credits earned. 

The following are the two types of absences recognized by Grossmont High School:

Excused Absence:

Work may be made up for full credit, and faculty assistance will be available where needed.

EXAMPLES:  Personal illness, illness or death in the immediate family, medical and dental appointments, funerals, a call to court or other as designated by the Principal.

Students with excused absences are allowed to make up work they missed. It is the responsibility of the student to request, and the teacher to assign, make-up work. In consultation with the student, the teacher should provide sufficient time for make-up work (usually one day for each day of school missed).

Unexcused Absence:

The school district and staff are released of all responsibility to the student.

EXAMPLES:  Truant to school, leaving school without first receiving permission from the Attendance Office or the Nurse, car problems or oversleeping.

You may make up absences by attending:

TUTORIALS (One-hour make-up) Available BEFORE & AFTER school, per teacher’s schedule.

  • Students may make up PERIOD ABSENCES in tutorials.
    SATURDAY SCHOOL (7:50 a.m.-12:00 noon)

  • Students may make up one (1) ALL DAY ABSENCE in a single Saturday School session.
  • To sign up for Saturday School, pick up form from the attendance office. The form must be signed by a parent and turned  back in to the attendance office the Thursday before the Saturday School.
  • Students will NOT be allowed to make up partial days (also known as period absences) in Saturday School.

    All rules of the Behavior Code will be enforced.  Students are expected to bring enough work to keep them busy for the entire four (4) hours. If students do not have school work they will be required to write a 1,000 word essay.  Students will NOT be allowed to sleep, eat, drink, watch movies, listen to music, or socialize in class.  Students are required to have a Parent Permission Slip on file PRIOR to attending Saturday School.  There must be at least 65 students signed up to attend and/or 25 students in attendance for Saturday School.

    If a student leaves early or is asked to leave, they will receive NO credit.


    You may apply for an Independent Study Contract for an extended (minimum 5 days) absence due to a medical emergency (request must be accompanied by a physician’s note), a long-term illness or a court appearance requiring missing school for five (5) school days or more.

    Apply for an Independent Study Contract through the Attendance Office. Requesting an Independent Study Contract for a court appearance must be done at least two weeks in advance.


    All absences must be excused within three school days from the day(s) missed through one of the following:
  • Bring a note signed by parent or guardian OR
  • Bring a J-31 card signed by parent or guardian OR
  • The parent/guardian may call the attendance office 24 hours a day at 668-6031 to clear full day absences.

    For general questions related to attendance, please call (619)668-6032.

    LATE TO SCHOOL (Excused) because of illness/doctor/dentist appointment.  Student should report immediately to the Attendance Office with:

  • A NOTE from a doctor, dentist or Court will be accepted and then student will be sent to class OR
  • Bring a NOTE from a parent or guardian for illness.
    LATE TO SCHOOL (Unexcused) because student has overslept, had  car problems, etc: 

  • Student should report immediately to class and the late is considered unexcused.

    In any one class:

    4 tardies = Teacher notifies home (letter or phone call), conduct grade lowered to Satisfactory

    6 tardies = Unsatisfactory given for conduct grade

    8 tardies = Referral to Vice Principal and Saturday School


    Effect of Absences on Grades:

    Students who accumulate more than ten absences and have earned a passing grade, must attend Saturday school or after school tutorials in order to receive credit for the class.  Excused and unexcused absences may be made up in Saturday School or after-school tutorials.  In accordance with Education Code, Section 37223, students with unexcused absences may be required to attend Saturday School(s).