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First Day of School

The Attendance office will be closed from June 8th and re-opening on August 8th.


Students are expected to in attendance on the first day of school, August 20th


If a student is absent on the first day of school, the parent/guardian must contact the school as soon as possible to report the reason for the absence.


Extended family vacation/travel is considered an unexcused absence.


Students who are a "No-Show" may need to re-enroll at the District Office

Full Day Absence

On or one day before the absent a parent/guardian must call the Attendance Office and leave a message.


Follow these instructions:

  • Call the Homestead Attendance line at (408) 522-2513 one day prior to the absence or as soon as possible

  • Leave the following information:

    • Student ID number

    • Spell your students last name and then first name

    • Date(s) of absence

    • Reason for the absence (If no reason is provided or the type of appointment is not specified, the absence will be marked as unexcused)

    • Your name, phone # and your relationship to the student


When arriving on campus after school has started a parent/guardian should report the late arrival to the Attendance Office. Permission to leave school before the close of the day’s program for any reasons requires parental consent the day before or the morning of the absence. You must obtain an off-campus pass from the attendance office before leaving campus.

Follow these instructions:

  • Call the Homestead Attendance Line at (408) 522-2515 on day prior to their absence or as soon as possible

  • Leave the following information:

    • Student ID number

    • Spell your student's last name and then first name

    • Date of absence

    • Reason for the absence (If no reason is provided or the type of appointment is not specified, the absence will be marked as unexcused)

    • Your name, phone # and your relationship to the student

Attendance Policies


Students are expected to:

  • Attend school daily
  • Make up assignments missed within a reasonable period of time
  • Attend all classes regularly and punctually
  • Follow established attendance procedures

Parents/guardians are expected to:

  • Send the student to school daily
  • Provide adequate supervision of the minor student so as to ensure regular attendance
  • Report all absences of which the parent/guardian is aware to the school within 48 hours
  • Cooperate with the school in motivating regular student attendance by:
    • Reinforcing the positive value of regular, punctual school attendance with the student
    • Following established school attendance procedures

Education Code

Every student must be in school unless it is necessary for him/her to be absent due to:
(1) illness (see FUHSD Illness Guidelines)

(2) quarantine under the the direction of a county or city health officer

(3) for the purpose of having medical, dental, optometric or chiropractic services

(4) purpose of attending the funeral services of a member of his or her immediate family (so long as the absence is not more than one day if the service is conducted in California and not more than three days if the service is conducted outside California)

(5) purpose of jury duty

(6) illness or medical appointment during school hours of a child of whom the pupil is the custodial parent

(7) for justifiable personal reasons (such as court appearance, religious holiday or ceremony) must be requested in advance by the parent or guardian and approved by the principal or a designated representative


A student with an excused absence from school shall be allowed to complete all assignments and tests missed during the absence that can be reasonably provided and, upon satisfactory completion, shall be given full credit. The teacher of any class from which a pupil is absent shall determine what assignments the pupil shall make up and in what period of time the pupil shall complete those assignments. The tests and assignments shall be reasonably equivalent to, but not necessarily identical to, the tests and assignments that the pupil missed during the absence.


Absences Due to Student Illness/Medical

Absences due to illness, including doctor's appointments during the school day, may be considered verified in the following ways:

  1. Communication from the parent/guardian
    • Call the attendance office (full day or partial day line) on or one (1) day before the absence.
    • All absences must be verified by the parent/guardian within 5 school days, or the absence will be permanently designated as “unexcused”.  Once the 5 days have passed, an unexcused absence cannot be changed regardless of any documentation that you provide.
    • Student may not call themselves in for their absence
    • 18 year-old students may clear their own absences ONLY if they have an “Adult Status” letter on file in the Attendance Office. 
    • If the absence has not been cleared on the day of the absence before 3:00 PM, the attendance automatic calling system will contact your home as a reminder of the absence and the need to clear it. Please be sure the phone number listed as the “household” number on the emergency form filled out at the beginning of the year has a voice messaging system. To make changed to your emergency contacts please login to Infinite Campus or stop by the Main Office.
  2. A physician's verification
    • Students should always bring a physician's note if an appointment interferes with any part of a school day. 
    • physicians note should include the date and time of visit
    • When excusing students for confidential medical services or verifying such appointments, staff shall not ask the purpose of such appointments. Staff may contact a doctor or medical office only to verify the time of the appointment
    • 3 consecutive schools days of illness require a doctor’s note
  3. School Health Clerk
    • Students who become ill during the school day must check out with the Health Clerk (located in School Climate) and the parent/guardian will be contacted. If we cannot reach the parent/guardian or someone on the student emergency information, your student will have to wait in the office until contact can be made.  

Absences for Religious Exercises or Holiday

Student absence for religious instruction or participation in religious exercises may be considered excused. In order to receive an excused absence for participation in a religious exercise or holiday, advance written request by the parent/guardian must be submitted to the school site. Failure to provide the advance written request will result in your child receiving an unexcused absence. 


Attendance at religious retreats shall not exceed four (4) hours per semester.


Absences Due to Family Travel and Vacation

Extended absences for family trips are strongly discouraged. Absence due to family trips are unexcused unless the absences has been pre-arranged in advance and has been approved by the principal or a designated representative.


Students are responsible for contacting each teacher to request make-up work. The most efficient way to get missed work is to e-mail teachers directly via School Loop.


Missed work as a result of unexcused absences may result in no credit.


Unexcused Absences

Students with one or more unexcused absences cannot participate in extra-curricular activities (Athletics, band, instrumental and vocal music performances, drama productions, speech contests, all honorary and elected offices (e.g. Homecoming King/Queen/court, class officer, student government officer or representative), FBLA, DECA, robotics, state contests and performances for cheerleading and drill team, mock trial, or any other activity where the student represents the Fremont Union High School District in a defined competition/contest) on the day of the absence.

College visits, Senior ditch/cut day, family trips, DMV or any appointment that is not for medical purposes are considered unexcused.


All absences must be verified by the parent/guardian within 5 school days, or the absence will be permanently designated as “unexcused”.  Once the 5 days have passed, an unexcused absence cannot be changed regardless of any documentation that you provide. 


Cutting classes will result in parent/guardian contact, a conference with the Dean and detention.


The potential effects of unexcused absence are:

  1. Student report cards may be noted incomplete
  2. Student grades may be affected
  3. Students will not be allowed to "make-up" missed assignments
  4. Forfeit of extra-curricular activities (sports, drama, music programs, clubs, dances/prom)
  5. Suspension
  6. Referral to the Truancy Abatement Program and/or removal from the class

Student Check-Out Procedure/Closed Campus

Students must remain on campus during brunch and tutorial. Students are permitted to leave campus for lunch or, in the case of a hole in a student’s schedule, a student can leave campus if a signed waiver is on file with the school. Waivers are available in the Guidance Office.


Students who must miss classes for medical, court or other appointments must check out through the attendance office. Students who become ill during the school day must check out with the Health Clerk (located in School Climate). Students checking out of school early will be given an "Off Campus Pass" and released only to a parent, guardian or an emergency contact listed on the Emergency Screen.  


In order to minimize disruptions to instructional time we discourage calling students out of class. Parents should call in advance, the day before or the morning of, to the partial day attendance line. It is the student’s responsibility to pick up an “Off Campus” pass before class or during brunch or lunch. Parents may come to the attendance office to check their student out of school but please keep in mind that calling the student out of class and releasing them takes approximately 20 minutes.


Students leaving campus without a pass will be breaking closed campus rules and may receive an unexcused absence for classes missed.



Student punctuality is vital to avoid classroom disruptions and to promote a solid learning environment. Students are considered tardy when they arrive to class after the second bell (tardy bell). After 30 minutes it is considered a truant tardy. 

  1. Excused tardiness is defined as tardiness over which the student cannot reasonably be expected to have control.
  2. Unexcused tardiness is defined as tardiness which could reasonably have been avoided by the student (woke up late, missed the bus, schedule confusion, etc.)

Incidents of tardiness will be handled on a class-by-class basis. The first three tardies will be dealt with by the teacher. After the 4th tardy, the student will be referred to the Dean who will assign one hour of detention. Students with excessive tardies (10+ tardies in a month) will be assigned an intervention. Intervention may include: student conference, develop of an attendance plan, detention, parent conference and placed on the “cannot attend” list. 

  • Students arriving late within the first 30 min should go directly to class.
  • Students arriving 30 min after the tardy bell must check in with the Attendance Office to obtain an “admit to class” pass before heading to their classroom. 
  • Students who are coming late with an excused reason (medical appointment or Illness) report immediately to the office to submit documentation regardless of the time they check in

Attendance Correction

If a student was marked absent by mistake, it is the student’s responsibility to talk with the teacher that marked him/her absent. Best way to clear up the mistake is email via School Loop the teacher who marked the student absent and cc Candi Marugg in the Attendance Office. Once the teacher can confirm the Attendance Office can reverse the absence. The teacher is the only staff member that can verify the student’s presence.


10% Policy

When a student has accrued absence due to illness/medical, equal to or surpassing ten percent (10%) of the school days, from the date of enrollment to the current day, subsequent absences may be verified by a physician, school nurse or other school personnel for each additional absence. Absences must be cleared daily, unless other arrangements are made with the school principal or designee. Failure to provide verification from the physician or school health services support specialist will result in those additional absences being recorded as unexcused. 


Placing a student under the requirement of the ten percent (10%) policy or removing a student from said requirements prior to the end of the current academic year, will be left to the discretion of the school site principal or principal designee. 



Any pupil (student) subject to compulsory full-time education who is absent from school without valid excuse three (3) full school days in one year or tardy or absent for more than a 30-minute period during the school day without a valid excuse on three (3) occasions in one school year or any combination thereof, is a truant and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor. 


A student who is a habitually truant, irregular in school attendance, or habitually insubordinate or disorderly during attendance at school may be referred to, and required to attend a school attendance review board (SARB) program, a truancy mediation program established by the district attorney or the probation officer, or a comparable program deemed acceptable by the district's attendance supervisor.


Truancy notification letters are sent to families as unexcused absences are accumulated

  • A truancy letter will be sent when your child accrues three (3) days (or 15 periods) of unexcused absences of 30-minutes or more in a school year
  • A habitual truancy letter will be sent when your child accrues five (5) days (or 25 periods) of unexcused absences of 30-minutes or more in a school year
  • Required attendance at either a District’s Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) meeting or a mediation meeting with the Santa Clara County District Attorney and District staff once your child accrues ten (10) days or 35 periods of unexcused absences of 30 minutes or more in a school year.
  • Failure to comply with the law and education codes may result in an infraction or misdemeanor.

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Contact Information

Attendance Records
Candi Marugg | Attendance Tech | 408-522-2515

Truancy Conference
Rita Figueroa | Clerical Assistant to the Deans | 408-522-2551

Lia Pinelli | Dean of Students (A-Li) | 408-522-2506

Steven Puccinelli | Dean of Students (Lj-Z) | 408-522-2556

Dan Yusim | Health Aide | 408-522-2568

Susan Lake | School Nurse Specialist | 408-522-2238