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 Students are expected to attend school regularly.  Academic success and achievement begin with a commitment to being punctual and prepared for the rigors of school.  Maintaining this high standard will positively affect a student’s progress and grade as well as reinforce a strong work ethic for the future.  Keep in mind that missing one class on the 4 x 4 block schedule is equivalent to missing two classes on a traditional schedule.  Therefore, attendance is extremely important. Parents/guardians, please feel free to call 916-714-8181 and check your student(s) attendance at any time or use ParentVUE for immediate access to student records, including attendance.



A.        ABSENCES MUST BE CLEARED WITHIN SEVEN (7) SCHOOL DAYS beginning on the day the student returns to school.  Students who do not clear their absence(s) within the seven days will be considered truant (T) from school.
B.        PARENTS/GUARDIANS MAY CALL STUDENT SERVICES at 916-714-8181, WRITE A NOTE and take it to the Student Services Office, email  or click the REPORT AN ABSENCE link above.  WHEN CALLING IN, PLEASE IDENTIFY your RELATIONSHIP WITH STUDENT (mother, father, guardian, step-parents, and grandparents, etc.). NOTES ARE TO BE DELIVERED TO THE STUDENT SERVICES OFFICE BEFORE SCHOOL, DURING LUNCH, OR AFTER SCHOOL. Include in the note:  student’s name, student ID number, date of absence(s), reason for absence(s), and a telephone number where parent/guardian can be reached to verify the note, and parent/guardian signature.
C.        EXCESSIVE ABSENCES: The School Attendance Review Board (SARB) monitors attendance and communicates attendance concerns to families and may require guardians to provide verification of illness from a doctor or attend SARB hearings. 


PARENTS/GUARDIANS MUST CALL 916-714–8181 OR WRITE A NOTE ASKING THAT THE STUDENT BE RELEASED FROM SCHOOL EARLY.  The note should include the student's name, student ID number, the date and time the student needs to be excused from class and the expected date/time of return, reason for early dismissal, and a telephone number where parent/guardian can be reached to verify the note, and parent/guardian signature.  If a student is unable to return by the designated time, the parent/guardian should follow-up with a call or note.  
Toby Johnson Middle School students must have parents/guardians show valid identification and sign students out before a permit to leave will be issued.  Students will not be called from class until parents/guardians arrive.  Students may not be signed out after 2:35 PM because of teacher’s closure procedures.
B.          STUDENTS WILL BE ISSUED a “Permit to Leave.”  The permit will be sent to the student in their classroom when the parent comes into the Student Services office to sign their student out.
C.          RETURNING TO CLASS:  Students must report to the Student Services office upon returning to school.  Their readmit will be date/time stamped and the student will return to class.


A.        EXCUSED:  Illness, doctor, eye or dental appointments, death in the immediate family, mental health reasons.
B.        SCHOOL APPROVED: Field trips.
C.        UNEXCUSED:  Truancy, flat tires, running out of gas, missing the bus, transportation issues, sibling or parent/guardian illness, oversleeping, suspensions, and vacations.
Toby Johnson Middle School recognizes that situations may arise which require students to be away from school for an extended period of time.  Classwork/homework may be requested and may be provided for excused absences of 10 days or less.  Please contact your student’s teachers via ParentVUE in Synergy.  However, work is not provided to students absent longer than 10 consecutive days.