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Clear Absences

It is well established that faithful and regular attendance in school is related to student progress in achievement.  In order for your child to do his or her best, it is important that he/she be in school as many days as possible.  When it is necessary for your child to be absent from school, or to come to school late, the school must receive notification each day from the parent or guardian through a phone call or note explaining the reason(s).

Please assist us by calling the school office at 253-6510 before 10:00 a.m. each day that your child is absent and state the reason for the absence.  If you cannot call during school hours, you can leave a message using the school's voice mailbox to report your child's absence.


Regular school attendance is important to your child's progress in school.  When it is necessary for your child to be absent from school, he/she must have a note from the parent or guardian explaining the reason(s) for the absence.  The parent or guardian may also telephone the school office in the morning to verify the absence. Absences beyond (4) days must have a doctor's note.

Excused absences are unavoidable. It is not recommended that an ill child come to school if he/she could spread his/her illness to others.  The State of California and Fresno Unified make the distinction between excused and unexcused absences.

Excused absences include:  illness, medical appointments, and attendance at a funeral for a member of one's immediate family (1 day in state and 3 days for out of state funerals).  Exclusion of students failing to meet immunization requirement (5 day maximum) and religious holidays when pre-approved by the principal are also excused absences.

Student absences for any other reasons are counted as unexcused.  When students show a pattern of frequent absences or tardies, the school will conduct a School Attendance Review Board (SARB) referral with Fresno Unified School District.  This meeting is intended to work with families to improve the attendance of the student who is having an attendance problem.

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Scandinavian Middle School   •   3216 N. Sierra Vista Fresno, CA 93726   •   (559) 253-6510

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