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Consistent school attendance is essential for your child’s success in school. Unless your child is ill, please send him/her to school each and every day on time.

If your child is absent from school or arriving late, please call our school office at 294-5385 (24 hour phone line) or you can also email us at  It is important that we receive specific information regarding your child’s absence as it is required and checked by state auditors.

There are two types of absences: excused and unexcused. The law defines an excused absence as illness, quarantine by a health official, medical or dental appointments, or bereavement of one’s immediate family. All other absences are considered unexcused. Please clear the absence within 3 days or your child will automatically receive an unexcused absence on his/her school record.

Please furnish the following information if your child is absent:


  1. Your name
  2. Child’s name
  3. Your child’s teacher’s name
  4. Date of absence
  5. Reason for absence (specific illness)

If possible, please call prior to 8:30 a.m. on the date of absence. Occasionally we have had children absent from school without parent’s knowledge. We are asking you do this to protect your child. 

Tardies We know that it is not always easy to get children to school on time, but we ask that you make every effort to ensure that your child attend school on time. Arriving on time promotes responsibility and benefits student success in school. If your child arrives late, he/she is required to go to the office to obtain a pass. Tardy arrival takes away learning time for all students in the classroom, not just the student arriving late. When a student arrives late to class, the teacher must stop teaching to bring the tardy student up to date, collect his/her homework, change the attendance, etc. As a result, the smooth flow of the classroom is interrupted. Parents of students who are frequently tardy or absent may be required to attend a School Attendance Review Board hearing.


Early Pick-ups We understand that it is not always easy to get appointments (doctors, dentist, etc.) after school hours, but we kindly request that you make every effort to have your child complete his/her day at school. Students may be required to make up any missing assignments. 

Additional Information on Chronic Absenteeism and Truancy Notifications
Every school in the Saugus Union School District follows the same procedure in notifying parents for all attendance concerns.  We are required to notify you via letter when your child has 3 unexcused absences (Truancy Letter) or 12 excused absences.  Furthermore, if your child reaches 6 unexcused absences or 14 excused absences, an “in person” meeting is scheduled with the principal to address the attendance concerns.  Similarly, we notify parents when students have an excessive amount of tardies.  We will notify you via letter when your child reaches 7 tardies.  If your child continues to be tardy and reaches 15 tardies, an “in person” meeting is scheduled with the principal to address the tardy concerns.  Truancy letters, chronic absences letters, as well as the meeting notification letters are generated in our computer system and include the Education code for your information.  Mrs. Bett reviews each attendance concern and signs each letter before sending them home.


If you have any additional questions, please reference the West Creek Parent & Student Handbook or contact the school office at (661) 294-5385.