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

General Information

Independent Study Policies and Contracts

Short Term Independent Study Contracts

Independent Study Contracts allow students to complete their class work and homework assignments away from the school campus while not being considered absent during these days. The following conditions must be met to participate in the short term independent study: The minimum number of days of participation is 5 (five) and the maximum is 20 (twenty). If the student is absent after 20 days, he/she may be dropped from school rolls. The parent must complete the application request 3 school days prior to the planned leave. The director must approve the request. The student and parent must sign the appropriate form and pick up assignments before independent study begins. Assigned work must be completed and returned the day the student returns or designated day or return, whichever comes first. If the assigned work is not returned on time, the student will not receive attendance credit, per California Education Code.

Independent Study Contract for Military Families

RCS may grant up to five days of excused absences for military-connected students whose parents are experiencing a deployment. The conditions under which the school may approve excused absences are: (1) the absence is preapproved; (2) the student is in good standing; (3) the student has a prior record of good attendance; (4) missed work is completed and turned in within the school’s allotted time period; and (5) the absence is not during standardized testing dates.

Attendance Policies

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.

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.

Parent 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 (E.C. 48200). 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.

Attendance Recognition Program

Classes with perfect attendance and having the most students to school on time will receive special monthly recognitions during the school year. Every student will be encouraged to develop good school attendance habits.

Individual attendance certificates will be awarded to students with perfect attendance throughout the school year. Regular and prompt attendance increases instructional time in the classroom, minimizes classroom interruptions, and fosters good lifelong habits.

Attendance Hours: Students on Campus Before/After School

Students are not to arrive on campus before 7:30 a.m., unless requested by a teacher. Once on campus, students are not allowed to leave without permission. The first bell rings at 7:55 a.m. and students must be in class and ready to begin at 8:00 a.m. Students arriving after 8:00 a.m. must report to the office for a tardy slip to keep from being marked absent. School ends at 3:00 p.m. and at 12:15 p.m. on Flex/Minimum Days. Students are to leave campus directly after school, unless they are staying for an authorized activity. If students are staying for an activity they are to remain with their teacher until they are released to the activity.

Early Sign Out

We at RCS understand that there are times when you may need to schedule an appointment during your child's classroom time. If you need to pull your child out of school during the school day, we ask that you please notify the office in advance to ensure a smooth pick up. The best way is to let us know in the morning if it is for any type of Doctor appointment, this way we can send your student with an early dismissal slip with him or her to class and will ensure they are in front office ready to go by designated time.

Please note that NO MINOR may sign out any other student, it must be an adult. This is for the safety of every child here at RCS. All pick ups must be cleared by front office. Your child may not sign themselves out of school.

Also, due to changes made to state attendance policies, please be advised that any part day absence from school exceeding 30 minutes will result in an unexcused absence. Please make sure to bring in a doctors note if your student is absent for medical reasons. We apologize for any inconveniences this change may cause.

Thank you,

RCS Administration