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Clearing Absences

A parent or guardian must clear all absences with a note or a telephone call to the attendance office at 510-723-3935 Ext. 9


Students who are successful in school are usually those who have good attendance and arrive to school on time.  If students are to get the most from their education, they need to attend school 100% of the time.

The only valid excuses for absences from school are defined by state law as:

  • Illness or quarantine.
  • Medical, dental, or optometric appointments (all appointments should be made after school hours).
  • Attendance at funeral services for a member of the immediate family.
  • Court appearances.

All other absences are unexcused.

Tardy Procedures

Students are expected to arrive at school on time.   Students who are tardy to class interrupt the teacher’s instructional program and the learning process for all students in the class.  Be on time.  All students are expected to squat down after the bell rings and line up immediately and at the sound of the whistle ready to be escorted to class by their teacher.  Tardies are excused for medical purpose only.  A note from Doctor's Office must be brought to school for an excuse to be considered.  Students with unexcused tardies will be expected to make up the missed class time at recess.   Students who are repeatedly absent or tardy to school will be referred to the school district’s Child Welfare and Attendance office.


Truancy is a serious offense at Tyrrell and will be dealt with severely.  Parents may be fined and referred to the District Attorney for serious truancy offences.

Early Student Pick-up

Leaving Early

If you're picking up your child early from school, the only valid excuses are if your child has a medical or dental appointment. You must bring a note from the Doctor's Office the following school day.