Reporting an Absence

Attendance Office Phone Numbers:

(408) 347-6522   - Attendance Clerk

(408) 347-6513   - Attendance Secretary

attendance recovery

Students can make up unexcused absences by attending a Saturday Attendance Recovery session. These sessions will be held approximately twice per month. Additionally, one session each month will provide academic support. The dates for Saturday Attendance Recovery are below:

Your child's high school career is important to the staff of Oak Grove High School. Regular attendance is one way to help ensure success. The Oak Grove Attendance Office is always available to answer your questions regarding your child's attendance.

How do I report that my child is absent?

Please call the attendance office the same day that your child is absent or send a note with your child the next day. In case of a lengthy absence, please be sure to contact the office at least twice a week after the initial call. A doctor's note is required for an illness of 3 days or more. Feel free to leave a message on the office voicemail at any time of the day. Include your student's name, your name, the day of the absence and the reason, along with your daytime phone number.

I reported my child's absence, but I received a call from the school anyway. Why?

The school's auto-dialer is programmed to call whenever your child is absent for one class. The office does not always receive student attendance information on field trips, athletic events or suspensions on the same day, so those absences may take longer to clear. Additionally, there are only two staff members working in attendance so it may take more time than usual to enter all absences, especially during cold and flu season, holidays, or if one of the attendance staff members is absent.

How do I bring my child in late or take him/her out early?

Why are there uncleared absences on my child's record?

Students are marked absent by their teachers, not by the attendance office. An unverified absence can mean: (1) the student did not attend that class, (2) the student came into class tardy after being marked absent, or (3) the attendance office has not received the information from the parent or teacher to clear the absence.

How am I notified about my child's absences?

How do I clear the unverified absences?

You may call, send a note, or come into the attendance office to speak to one of the staff members. Parents may clear ALL DAY or the FIRST CLASS only. Your child's teacher clears absences that occur during the school day.  Please clear all absences within the week they occur. 

What types of absences are cleared as excused on my child's record?

The California Education Code determines which absences are excused. The student's illness, the student's medical or dental appointments, the funeral of an immediate family member, and court appointments are the only legally excused absences. Personal business, out-of-town or vacations are cleared on your child's attendance record, but are not excused. Please refer to the district website,, for complete information about attendance.

How do I notify the office about a family vacation or other extended absence?

I received a SARB letter. How are the SARB letters generated?

The Student Attendance Review Board was established to work with parents and students in addressing multiple unverified absences. When the student's record has 3 unverified absences, the first letter is sent home. After 15 unverified absences, the second letter goes home. Finally, after 40 unverified absences, the parent and student must appear at a SARB hearing, held at the East Side Union High School District office located at 830 North Capitol Avenue.

My child has been reported as having too many unverified absences. What can I do?


Student Responsibilities:

Acceptable reasons for STIS

East Side Union High School District operates a Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) process designed to support children and families in maintaining positive school attendance patterns which allow student the maximum opportunity to learn.  

The School Attendance Review Board - SARB - is composed of school, law enforcement, social service agencies, parents and community members, who meet regularly to diagnose and resolve persistent student attendance problems.


The goal of SARB is to help students stay in school. They work with truant or recalcitrant students and their parents or guardians to identify attendance problems early and to solve school attendance problems through the use of available school and community resources, including:

SARB does have the power, when necessary, to refer students and their parents or guardians to court. For more information, please see the California Department of Education School Attendance Review Boards Handbook.