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As of July 1, 1998, school districts do not receive funding from the State of California for pupils who are absent from school. This includes all absences, even those related to illness, medical or doctor appointments, or for the purpose of attending funeral services of a member of the immediate family.

In other words, schools will receive state funding only for students who actually attend school. If you find it necessary to keep your child out of school for reasons other than illness, we encourage you to send your child to school for at least a part of the day so that your child will not be counted absent and also will not miss out on important school assignments. It is crucial that local schools continue to receive the financial resources necessary to provide quality education services and reduce program cuts. We want to avoid the unnecessary absences that reduce district resources and limit your child’s opportunity to obtain good grades.

Studies show that there is a direct correlation between school attendance and student achievement; therefore, we encourage you as parents to reinforce the importance of good school attendance and to make every effort to send your child to school on a regular basis.

Children who are sick should be kept at home because our school has neither the facilities nor the personnel to care for them. We would particularly like to stress that a child should not return to school until his/her temperature has been normal for at least 24 hours.

Please be certain that your child’s green Emergency Card lists at least one adult living in the area who would be willing to assume responsibility for your sick or injured child during school hours. Also, we recommend that you check with local hospitals regarding prearranged programs at their location to care for ill children.

You do not need to request homework until your child has been out 3 or more days. Ten or more absences and/or tardies are considered excessive and may be reported to TUSD’s Child Welfare and Attendance Office and/or documented in student records.

   
 
 
 Riviera Elementary School, Torrance