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School Policies



If your child will be out for 1 or more days please contact the main office at (323) 248-2500 on the 1st day of absence and state the following:

  • Name of your child
  • Day(s) of absence(s)
  • The reason for the absence(s)
  • The relationship of the caller

Also, please send us a note with your child’s name, student identification number, the day(s) your child was absent, along with the reason for the absence, with your signature at the bottom, and contact number.

If your child will be out 3 days or more without a medical note, the parent will need to contact the school and speak with an administrator to allow for the days of absences.

Many parents are unaware that going “out of town” with their children during school is an unexcused absence, as are “family emergencies.” In both cases, planning ahead can avoid unexcused absences and possible prosecution by the District Attorney’s Office. It is Montebello Unified School District’s policy that we require a doctor’s note for three consecutive days of absence. [If we feel that your child is absent excessively (over 10%), we can require a doctor’s note for every absence.*]

If you must go out of town, have your child do independent study. Facilitators need one week’s notice to prepare materials.

State law states that absences are excused only if the child is ill or there is a death in the immediate family (1–3 day limit). All other absences are unexcused. Any tardy over 30 minutes, except for medical reasons, is also unexcused.

Excused Absences:

Students residing in California are required to attend school from age 6 to age 17 (EC 48200). The valid reasons that students may be excused from school attendance include the following:

  • Personal Illness (w/ a medical/dental note)
  • Observing a religious holiday
  • Court Appearance(s) for Self
  • Attending Funerals for Immediate Family

In addition, regular, full-time school attendance is a requirement for public assistance through the Cal-WORKS program and benefits may be reduced or stopped for student(s) non-attendance.

Section 48260 of the Education Code states: “Any pupil subject to compulsory full time education or to compulsory continuation education who is absent from school without a valid excuse more than 3 full day in one school year or tardy or absent for more than any 30 minutes period during the school day without a valid excuse on 3 occasions in 1 school year, or any combination thereof, is a truant, and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor or to the superintendent of the school district."

The penalties if the District Atty. Chooses to file against the minor, the penalties are 20-40 hours of community service, …or the option to file a Penal Code 272 contributing to the delinquency of a minor, which is a misdemeanor that brings a $2,500 fine and/or 1 county jail and up to five years’ probation.


If your child has 3 unexcused absences and/or tardies, he or she will be considered truant. After four or more unexcused absences or tardies, you could find yourself before a judge and paying a fine.

Early Release

If your child is being picked up early from school, the individual to whom the child will be released too must have a formal photo identification card and be on the student’s contact or emergency card to be released too. The individual must also sign the student out in the main office and register the child on the Student Release Log in its entirety.