Daily attendance is critical to student success at Tech. It is vital that students attend every class on time every day. Consistent student attendance also generates money for paying teacher and staff salaries, buying books and keeping our school clean and safe. Attendance is monitored on a daily basis. (However, please do not send your child to school if he or she is contagious). See Bell and Finals Schedules.

Absences & Tardies

Excused Absences

Under state law, absences are excused only for health reason: illness, quarantine, or family emergencies (e.g. funeral services of an immediate family member) and certain justifiable personal reasons. When possible, please make all medical appointments during non-school hours or days.

When your child is absent for any amount of time, you must send him/her back to school with a written note. The note must include:

  1. Your child’s name;
  2. The day/s and date/s of the absences;
  3. The reason for the absence;
  4. Parent/guardian signature; and
  5. Your home, work and/or cell phone numbers.
  6. You may also verify the absence in-person, or through a home visit with a designated school employee by completing any school verified absence forms.

If your child is absent three (3) or more days due to medical reasons, a doctor’s note or other reasonable means of verification may be required.

If your child is chronically ill or incapacitated and can’t attend school for an extended period of time, please contact the school to discuss Home & Hospital instructions.

Unexcused Absences (California Education Code 48260)

Under state law, an unexcused absence is an absence for any reason other than health, family emergencies, and personal/religious observances. Taking a vacation, or visiting out of state/country family members are considered unexcused absences.

After three (3) unexcused absences, your child will be classified as truant.

Tardies (California Education Code 48260)
  • If your child is late to any class during the school day, it will count as a tardy.
  • Students are expected to be in their seats by the 9 AM bell (8 AM for students in 0 Period class) so that teaching may begin without disruption. Students who enter the classroom after 9 AM (or 8 AM) will be counted tardy by their teacher.
  • Students are considered tardy to class any time they are not in their seat when the bell rings. Students are expected to be on time to all classes. Late slips are never written.
  • After three (3) unexcused tardies of 30 minutes or more, your child will be classified as truant. There are escalating consequences for truancy, including detention, Saturday school, community service, or referral to the OUSD School Attendance Review Team (SART). Failure to attend school regularly and on time may lead to a referral to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, which may charge truant students and/or parents with violations of state law.

Attendance Calling System & Parent Portal

To help support parents in managing their child’s attendance, OUSD has created an Attendance Calling System,which provides information to parents/guardians about your student’s attendance. The Attendance Calling System automatically calls parents/guardians to alert them when a student has missed one class period or more thatday.

Parents may access attendance information for their students through the OUSD Parent Portal at In order to access Parent Portal, you must submit a valid email address and phone number (home or cell) on the emergency card form.

Leaving Campus

During school hours, students who wish to leave campus before the end of the school day (outside of the lunch period) must obtain a “Permit to Leave” before leaving campus. Students are to take a note, written by a parent/guardian, to the Attendance Office before school or during lunch. The note must state the date, time and reason the student is to leave campus. This procedure must be followed even if the student plans to leave during lunch. When he/she returns, the “Permit to Leave” can be used as a note to receive a pink slip for the hours missed. A student who is off campus without a “Permit to Leave” and is stopped by a truancy officer will be taken to the Truancy Center.

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