Oliver Wendell Holmes Middle School

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Attendance Office

Attendance Office
Regular attendance at school is important to each student.  Our goal is to have a 97% attendance rate (no more than 5 days of absences; no more than 3 in the first semester and no more than 2 in the second semester).  Students must be in school every day unless they are ill.  
California State Law requires that all students returning from an absence have an absence note signed by a parent or guardian with the date and reason for the absence.  Within ten school days a student must submit an absence explanatory note to the Attendance Office before reporting to their first class when they return to school after being absent (note: this does not excuse the absence). 
Holmes Middle School is a closed campus.  Students are not allowed to leave school during the school day without a permission slip from the Attendance Office.  To be excused early, a student must have a written parent or guardian request and be picked up in the Attendance Office by a parent or guardian.  The office will then issue to the student a 'Permit to Leave' the campus.  Only persons listed on the Emergency Card with a Picture ID may pick up a student from the Attendance Office to leave early. The Attendance Office opens at 7:30 a.m.  Parents are requested to telephone the Attendance Office at (818) 678-4107 whenever their son or daughter is absent for more than two days.  Attendance Office personnel must be notified of any changes in student addresses or telephone numbers within 30 days.
Medical and Dental Appointments
Written requests for medical and dental appointments should be presented to the Attendance Office before school on the day of the appointment.  Students with a morning appointment should come to school immediately after the appointment.  If the appointment is in the afternoon students should attend school in the morning.  Do not miss the entire day of school. Please avoid picking up your child early during their Physical Education (P.E.) classes as he/she will not have access to the locker room to change or to collect their personal items once instruction begins.