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Absences / Tardies

Regular punctual attendance is mandated by state law and essential to the child's school success.  Unexcused absences are detrimental to a student's academic success. Please review the following.  If you are uncertain if an absence will be excused or unexcused, please call the office  @ 408-423-1800.  


Absences due to Illness or Medical / Dental Appointment are considered excused absences.  Enter all absences online through our Absence Reporting Form or call 423-1810 (option #6) PRIOR to the beginning of the school day in which your child is ill.  Upon their return, please send a note verifying the reason for the absence. Students will be given time to complete all missed work and make up any tests for full credit.   If you do not notify the OFFICE of the absence through processes listed above, it will be considered UNEXCUSED.  Please do not email the teacher and assume it will be forwarded to the office.  lt is your responsibility to report your child’s absence properly.  

NOTE:  If your child is absent for (3) or more consecutive school days, a  doctor’s note is REQUIRED for all absences to be excused.  The note must include the following information:  

  • Student's First & Last Name

  • Date of appointment

  • Time of appointment

  • Dates absent

  • Date child can return to school

  • Reason for absence

  • Medical / Dental Office name

  • Signature from the physician/dentist

Failure to provide a note with this information within (2) school days upon the student’s return to school will result in all of the absences being marked as  UNEXCUSED.  

IMPORTANT - If your student is out due to illness, they MAY NOT return to school until his/her temperature has been normal (98.6) and your child has been symptom-free for 24 hours (WITHOUT the use of fever-reducing medications).    Please see our HEALTH section below for more details on absences due to illnesses (or click here).


There are special circumstances, such as religious, calendar holidays, where an absence may be excused, but only with written notice no later than 5 days in advance of the absence.  These are approved at the discretion of the school and can be based on the attendance history of the student.  Submit an online request for all conditional absence requests


Absence (full or partial) for reasons other than those listed above is considered unexcused. Tests, quizzes, homework, and classwork that are missed during unexcused absences will receive no credit (zeros) and will affect the final grade. PLEASE NOTE:  Absences taken for family vacations are ALWAYS unexcused and HIGHLY discouraged during the school year.  Vacation days may not be taken during the first and last weeks of school. ALL students must attend the first day of school to remain enrolled at Millikin.  

Unexcused absences are any absence that does not fit in with CA Ed Code 48205. Any pupil subject to full-time education who is absent from school without a valid excuse for three full days or tardy or absent in excess of 30 minutes on each of three days in one school year is truant and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor of the superintendent of the school district.  SCUSD BP 5116.11 (Open Enrollment/Lottery Students) The student may be subject to displacement, however, due to a failure to maintain satisfactory attendance, citizenship, or academic achievement. Students with ten (10) unexcused absences will be disenrolled as soon as is practicable and required to return to their neighborhood school.  

ALL STUDENTS AT MILLIKIN BASICS + fall into SCUSD BP 5116.11.  All excused absences are fine.   UNEXCUSED ABSENCES will have the following consequences.

  • 3 - 4 unexcused absences in one school year will be reviewed by a school staff committee to determine if your child has maintained satisfactory citizenship and academic achievement in order to remain at Millikin Basics +.

  • 5-9 unexcused absences in one school year will be an immediate dismissal at the end of the academic school year and your child will not return to Millikin for the following academic year. 

  • 10 + unexcused absences in one school year will result in immediate disenrollment from Millikin Basics + Elementary. 


Please schedule medical/dental appointments before or after school hours if possible.  Parents picking up their child during school hours must check in with the office and sign the child out.  Staff will arrange for the child to come to the office.  If arriving late due to an appointment, please bring your child to the office and they will write an excused tardy slip for the child to go to class.  

A doctor’s note is REQUIRED for ALL appointments to be excused.  The note must include the following information:  

  • Students First & Last Name

  • Date of appointment

  • Time of appointment

  • Reason for appointment

  • Medical / Dental Office name

  • Signature from the physician/dentist

Failure to provide a note with this information within (2) school days of the appointment will result in the absence / tardy being marked as  UNEXCUSED.  


A student is tardy if he/she IS NOT SEATED AT THEIR DESK when the 8:15 bell rings. If a child is tardy, the teacher will send them to the office to get a tardy slip. Parents arriving at 8:15 or later must accompany student(s) to the office to get their tardy slip. Students with (10) or more tardies per year may be disenrolled from Millikin and must return to their home school for the following year.