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Absence from School

Attendance Matters!

Student attendance is a priority at Cerritos!

Our Wildcats need to be in school in order to learn and grow academically. 

  • Be here EVERY DAY! 
  • Arrive at school on time! 
  • Don’t plan trips during the school year or extend school vacations/holidays!
  • If you are not here, you cannot learn! 


Reporting Absences

Parents are required  to provide an absence excuse when a child has been absent  from school.

When your child returns to school after being absent, he/she should bring a note with the following information: date(s) of absence(s), reason student was absent and note must be signed by parent or guardian.

Parent or guardian may also contact the front office at (818) 244-7207.

According to state law, the only excused absences are for illness, medical treatment, bereavement, and some legal commitments. Family vacations, religious holidays/commitments, or “personal business” are NOT considered excused.

Frequent absences negatively impact learning. 



Consistent, on-time attendance is a priority at Cerritos School and considered a parent responsibility.  Students who arrive late (8:10 M, W, Th, Fr. or 9:10 Tues.) must obtain a tardy slip from the school office prior to entering the classroom.

Excessive tardies negatively impact learning. Student tardies are recorded on the attendance register and report card.   If tardies become a serious disruption, the school administration and/or the District Office of Student Support Services will contact parents to discuss the matter.