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Pioneer High School values student success.

To be successful in school each Pioneer student needs to attend school regularly and be in his/her seat, ready to work, when the bell rings.

Attendance Matters at Pioneer High School

Attendance is everyone's responsibility!

California laws require EVERYONE between the ages of 6 and 18 years old to attend school unless they have graduated from high school or passed the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) Education Code 48200. It is imperative that your child attends school every day. Absences for medical reasons and certain non-medical reasons are excused. Parents should notify the Attendance Office immediately of all absences. Please call the Attendance Office on the day of your students absence before 9:00 a.m. at 698-8121 ext. 5040 or 5042.
  • When returning from an absence, a student either brings a note signed by a parent/guardian or parent phone call. Parents are encouraged to call the school by 9:00 a.m. to clear an absence. If, an absence is not cleared within three (3) days a truancy will be issued.
  • More than three (3) days or three (3) tardies in a school semester is considered excessive. Please take into consideration that excessive tardiness to any one class may result in the student being dropped from that class.
  • The school will not accept more than three (3) parental or guardian notes per semester excusing a student from being late to his or her first class of the day (i.e. car trouble, woke up late, traffic etc.) If your student is late more than 30 minutes he/she will be marked absent, unless student has a valid doctor’s note.
  • Any student absent three days or more because of an infectious illness must report to the Attendance Office before returning to class. A note from the doctor will be required upon return.
  • Extended non-medical absences (family emergency or vacations) WILL NOT be excused. Special circumstances need to be reported to the Attendance Coordinator for review and a decision will be made on an individual basis. Student will be assigned Saturday School to make up all unexcused absences.
  • Students who have good attendance will be eligible for attendance awards.
Education Code 37223 States:
The governing board of any elementary, high school, or unified school district or any county superintendent of schools may maintain classes on Saturday or Sunday, or both.

The classes may include, but are not limited to, continuation classes, special day classes or mentally gifted minors, makeup classes for unexcused absences occurring during the week, and the programs of a regional occupational center or regional occupational program.
Students are considered for perfect attendance awards at the end of the school year if: Student has no full day absences or a combination of 5 or less period absences/tardies.
Off-campus permits are issued for medical appointments and personal matters that cannot be handled after school hours
a) Student must present signed note from parent/guardian to the Attendance Office before school, at nutrition, or at lunch. At that time an off-campus permit will be issued. PLEASE ALLOW 10-15 MINUTES FOR YOUR STUDENT(S) TO ARRIVE AT THE OFFICE.

b) If a parent/guardian is arriving to pick up a student that has not presented a note to the Attendance office, parent needs to arrive 30-40 minutes prior to the appointment time. Please keep in mind if student has Physical Education at the time that parents request to have student leave may take up to 30 minutes for student to arrive at front office.

c) Student presents request at the Attendance Office before school, at nutrition, or at lunch to obtain an off-campus permit. OFF-CAMPUS passes will not be issued during class.
d) Students show their off-campus permit to teacher and leaves at specified time.
a) Truancies are assigned when a student is absent from school/class without a valid excuse.

b) A student may lose (at teachers discretion) the privilege of making up missed work as a penalty for truancy.

c) If a student is truant for any part of the school day a truancy citation may be given by ourcampus School Resource Officer (Truancy fines range from $167.00 to $350.00) or student may be put on an Attendance Contract for a period of time.

d) Truancies will affect citizenship and can affect academic grades.
e) All full day truancies are assigned Saturday School.
On January 30, 1996, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervision adopted an ordinance designed to curb school truancy.

Effective April 15, 1996, students who appear in public places between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., without an acceptable excuse when they should be in school, may receive truancy citations from law enforcement officers.

Students violating the Anti-Truancy Ordinance - and in some cases, their parents - may be subject to one or more severe penalties.
  • A fine of up to $250
  • Court-approved community service
  • Court-approved parenting classes (for parents)
However, there are certain conditions that may exempt students from being cited for truancy. Reasons for which students may be exempt from being cited include:
  • Medical appointments of family emergencies
  • School-sponsored off-campus events
  • School vacations (or pupil-free days for school staff)


If you have any questions, concerns, or want to report an absence please call
(562) 698-8121 ext. 5040.