Parent Resources » Attendance


Attendance is an important factor in student achievement. In elementary school, students are building a strong foundation for learning that will help them be successful in later years. We at Granada Elementary work very hard to ensure that your child receives the best education possible. We can only do that if your child is in school and on time every day when healthy.
If your child is going to be absent from school please call the school at 626-943-3600 to report the absence. 
Important information to know:
  • Plan on having your child at school by 7:45 am. To avoid being marked tardy, students should be in their class before the bell rings at 8 am. The gates are closed promptly at 8 am and tardy students will need to sign in through the office.
  • The State of California considers ten days of absences for one school year, for any reason, excessive. 
  • The law states that absences are excused only if the child is ill, appears in court, is under an order of quarantine or there is a death in the immediate family (3 day limit). All other absences are unexcused.
    • If your child has more than 3 unexcused absences, or 3 tardies over 30 minutes, or any combination of the two, your child is considered truant.
    • Many parents are unaware that “family emergencies” and “going out of town” with their children during the school day are considered unexcused absences.
  • Try to plan doctor/dentists visits after school hours or on non-school days. If appointments must be scheduled during the school day, make sure your child attends school before the appointment and returns to school after the appointment.
Did you know?
  1. Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
  2. Missing 10% (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read.
  3. Students can still fall behind even if they miss just 1-2 days every few weeks.
  4. Being late to school may lead to poor attendance overall.
  5. Absences can affect the whole classroom. Teachers need to spend more time with students who need to get caught up. Some students show negative behaviors due to embarrassment at not understanding what to do.
An excellent video about the importance of Student Attendance in Elementary School video (by KPR school district)