Core Beliefs: SPACE

Safety All children can learn in a safe and supportive environment

Partnership Education is a partnership among students, educators, parents, and the community

Accountability Life is about choices, personal responsibility and personal accountability

Communication The foundation for relationships, progress, and success

Equality Every person should be treated with dignity and respect

Parents and Student Corner

Welcome to RCS's Parents Corner. Everything from general school information regarding attendance, early pick up, admissions and withdrawal at your fingertips! Any forms you may need are just a click away. Download menus, forms, and reports all from Parents Corner.

Aeries Parent Portal

A great tool to access student grades and more! If you did not receive, or need your login information please send an email to: gayle.pietrangelo@rcharter.org

You can access the link here Parent Portal or top of webpage upper left hand corner.

Quicklinks

At the top of the homepage you will notice a QUICKLINKS tab, if you hover over this it will open up several useful links for parents and students. This will make it user friendly and time saving when you can easily find it on the top of the first aspect of our website. We hope you take a look and take advantage of utilizing these link throughout the school year.

Attendance Procedures

Attendance

School attendance is vital to student’s achievement. Students who develop patterns of good attendance are much more likely to be successful both academically and socially.

Compulsory Attendance

California compulsory education law requires everyone between the ages of six and eighteen years of age to attend school.

Attendance Matters!

When students attend school, they get better grades, score better on standardized tests and are more likely to go to college.

It is our responsibility to teach students the importance of attendance now so they are prepared for the future. Employers say good attendance demonstrates responsibility and is a key factor in the hiring and promotion of employees.

It’s the law. Parents and guardians are responsible for ensuring that their children go to school. When parents are at work, students should be safe at school. Habitual absences and/or tardies may result in referral to the Police and/or the District Attorney as a criminal violation of compulsory attendance laws.

Parents Influence Attendance- Get Involved!

Plan family vacations for non-school days only.

Schedule non-emergency medical and dental appointments after school hours.

Make sure your child’s school has your accurate daytime contact information, including cell phone number and/or email address.

Communicate often with your child’s teachers.

Gain access to AERIES and monitor your child(ren) up-to-the-minute progress online. Ask your school attendance clerk about AERIES.

Make your school aware of any problems that may be causing your child to miss school.

Every student is expected to attend school on a daily basis, unless there is a valid justification for his or her absence. Do not allow your child to have “parent permitted truancies.” These truancies are best described as absences for reasons other than what the law allows. They may include the following: personal business, car problems, no clean clothes and rain.

Absences- Excused

A pupil shall be excused from school when the absence is:

Due to his or her illness (note from parent)

Due to quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer

For the purpose of having medical, dental, optometric or chiropractic services rendered (physicians note required)

For the purpose of attending the funeral service of a member of his or her immediate family, so long as the absence is not more than one day if the service is conducted in California and not more than three days if the service is conducted outside California.

For the purpose of spending time with a member of the pupil’s immediate family, who is an active duty member of the uniformed services and has been called to duty for, is on leave from, or has immediately returned from, deployment to a combat zone or combat support position.

Participation in religious instruction or exercises in accordance with RCS policy. A student shall be excused for this purpose no more than 4 school days per month.

Justifiable personal reasons when requested in writing and approved by the Director or designee before the absence. Justifiable personal reasons include: Appearance in court; attendance at a funeral; observation of a holiday or ceremony of his/her religion, as noted below; attendance at religious retreats for no more than 4 hours during a semester; and attendance at the pupil’s naturalization ceremony to become a United States citizen.

Method of Verification

When students who have been absent return to school, they must present a satisfactory explanation verifying the reason for the absence. The following methods may be used to verify student absences:

  1. Signed, written note from parent/guardian, parent representative;
  2. Conversation, in person or by telephone, between the verifying employee and the student's parent/guardian or parent representative. The employee shall subsequently record the following:
    1. Name of student;
    2. Name of parent/guardian or parent representative;
    3. Name of verifying employee;
    4. Date or dates of absence; and
    5. Reason for absence.
  3. Visit to the student's home by the verifying employee, or any other reasonable method, which establishes the fact that the student was absent for the reasons stated. A written recording shall be made, including information outlined above.
  4. Healthcare provider verification
    1. When excusing students for confidential medical services or verifying such appointments, RCS staff shall not ask the purpose of such appointments but may contact a medical office to confirm the time of the appointment.
    2. A healthcare provider’s note of illness will be accepted for any reported absence of 3 or more continuous days. Without this, the absences will be considered UNEXCUSED. When a student has had 14 absences in the school year for illness verified by methods listed in #1-#3 above without a healthcare provider's note, any further absences for illness must be verified by a healthcare provider. Additionally, after 10 UNEXCUSED absences, a healthcare provider’s note will be required for each subsequent absence.

A pupil absent from school for the above excused reasons shall be allowed to complete all assignments and tests missed during the absence that can reasonably be provided and, upon satisfactory completion, shall be given full credit. The teacher of any class from which a pupil is absent shall determine what assignments the pupil shall make up and in what period of time the pupil shall complete such assignments, which is generally the equivalent to the number of days missed. The tests and assignments shall be reasonably equivalent to, but not necessarily identical to, the tests and assignments that the pupil missed during the absence. A pupil absent from school for unexcused reasons may make up the work by attending Saturday School.

Absences for Religious Purposes

Pupils who are members of religions that observe religious holidays that fall on school days may be excused from school by making prior arrangements, as specified by the Director or designee and with written parental/guardian request. Additionally, students may be absent to attend a religious retreat, not to exceed four hours per semester.

Attendance Recognition Program

Individual attendance accolades will be awarded to students with perfect attendance throughout the school year. Perfect attendance means a student does not have any tardies and has not left school early. Regular and prompt attendance increases instructional time in the classroom, minimizes classroom interruptions, and fosters good lifelong habits.