When students are regularly late or absent from school,
it has a negative impact on their learning.

We encourage parents to help their children be punctual and to avoid unnecessary absences. Please call the attendance line in the morning each day your student is absent. The state reimburses schools only for actual days of attendance. Absences may be excused only for illness, medical/dental appointments or death in the immediate family & religious observances. We keep track of unexcused absences to help us determine truancy issues.


Parents of a child who has more than three unexcused absences will receive an official warning. If attendance does not improve after the third letter, parents may be referred to the Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) to work out a program with various school and support agencies to insure the child gets to school on time.


Please be conscientious about helping your children get to school on time. Teachers start their classes with instruction for the morning lessons. Students who do not receive this information play catch-up all day. Being prompt is an important characteristic that serves students well in junior high, high school and in the world of work. Good habits start early.

Due To Illness

If a child is absent 14 or more days for illness, parents will receive written notification that a doctor’s note must be submitted to the school to explain the absence and describe the expectations for attendance in the future.

Family Emergency:

We can arrange an Independent Study Contract for work to approximate what will be covered in class. This contract must be signed in advance by all parties (student, parent, teacher). You must give the teacher a minimum two-week’s notice to prepare a packet. The expectation is the student will do 4 hours of work a day. The work is submitted to the teacher within 3 days of the student returning to school. The contract can be signed and submitted for our attendance audit. Students who do not complete an independent study contract will be marked unexcused and considered truant by state law.


For the protection of our students and employees of the Petaluma School District, all employees and volunteers must have a current TB test on file. TB testing is offered free of charge. the TB clinic is held on a designated Wednesday of each month during the school year from 2:30- 3:30 p.m. at the District Office in the Redwood Room. The reading of the test is done the following Friday between 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. at the same location. Tuberculosis screen is valid for four years. Please come into the office for more information and a form to complete for your test.

We recommend all families take advantage of our 45-15 schedule and plan their vacations during our regular break times in order not to miss school.