Regular attendance is crucial to your child’s academic success.  In the event your child is ill, please contact the office at (626) 548-5068 on the day of absence.  If unable to call, a note explaining the absence must be brought to school when your child returns to class. Absences not cleared by a phone call or note after the student returns to class are considered unexcused and truant.

The line-up bell rings at 8:13 a.m.  School begins promptly at 8:15 a.m. (8:00 a.m. or 11:25 a.m. for Kinder).  Children arriving after 8:15 a.m. are tardy.  Please allow plenty of time for morning traffic and travel so that your child arrives on time. Late arrivals affect everyone in the classroom.  Latecomers miss important information given at the start of each day.

According to California State law, students are required to be at school every day unless illness prevents it.  The State of California holds parents/guardians accountable for their child’s attendance. Five or more unexcused absences or tardies per grading period are unacceptable.

Schools are required to follow these attendance policies.  If your child is absent or tardy more than five days per trimester (September through December, January through March, and April through June), you will be asked to attend a Student Attendance Review Team (SART) meeting.

The Student Attendance Review Team consists of the school principal, attendance clerk, parents/guardians, and the student. Other school personnel (such as the teacher, counselor, etc.) may also attend.  

If after the SART meeting is held, absences or tardies continue to be excessive, you and your child will be summoned to a Student Attendance Review Board (SARB). The SARB process is a very serious matter.  Representatives from the Los Angeles County Board of Education, Temple City Unified School District personnel, law enforcement personnel, and others may be in attendance.

We realize that children are susceptible to illness.  No child should be sent to school when ill. If your child has a fever or vomiting, they should remain at home for 24 hours after symptoms disappear.  A bad case of the flu, chickenpox, and other long-lasting episodes of illness are more serious and are not included in the five days per trimester guideline.

Please emphasize the importance of attending school regularly and on time with your child.  If you find that your child repeatedly asks to stay home instead of going to school, issues other than illness may be affecting him or her.  If that is the case, please let us know. The well-being of every child is important to us and we have resources that can help.

We’re looking forward to an exciting year at Longden. If we can be of any assistance, please let us know.

Monica Lukesh
Assistant Principal
Longden Elementary School