Cleared vs. Excused

Cleared Absences

Cleared absences are those for which academic time was recovered/made up in Saturday School.  Clearing absences in Saturday School affects student attendance positively in the following ways:

  • Cleared absences count as days present in school, due to the recovery of academic time.
  • Cleared absences do not count toward excessive absenteeism, since they do not count as absences.
  • Clearing absences in Saturday School reduces individual student absence totals.
  • Clearing absences in Saturday School repairs excessive absenteeism for individual students.

Excused Absences

Excused absences are those which occur for reasons considered valid under state law.  Unlike absences that are cleared in Saturday School, excused absences count as lost academic time just as unexcused absences do.  Excused absences count toward excessive absenteeism.

Following district guidelines, accumulation of more than 14 excused absences is considered excessive and may lead to a student being placed on an attendance contract.

For Assistance

To excuse an absence, a parent/guardian must report the absence and provide a valid excuse.  Report all absences to the Attendance Technician to at (619) 628-5715.

To clear an absence, any student may attend Saturday School from 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. on most Saturdays throughout the school year.  Please call the Attendance Coordinator’s office at (619) 628-5864 for help with questions about Saturday School.