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ACLC Attendance Policy

"Ninety percent of success is just showing up."

—Woody Allen

The Alameda Community Learning Center believes regular school attendance relates directly to success in academic work, benefits learners socially, provides opportunities for important communication between facilitators and learners, and establishes habits of dependability important to the future of the learner.

Tardies: A learner is tardy when he or she is not in class and seated at the beginning of each class period.

Absences: A learner is absent when he or she is not present for one or more class periods or project periods during the school day.

Excused: Tardies and absences due to illness, health-related appointments, family emergencies, bereavement, religious observances, approved school activities (e.g. athletic/academic competitions, college visits) or unavoidable transit difficulties (e.g. bus did not come, flat tire) are excused.

Unexcused: Tardies due to learners or family members "running late", oversleeping, finishing homework, losing track of time, missing the bus, or ordinary traffic delays are unexcused. Absences due to family travel, family guests, vacations, celebrations or birthdays are unexcused.

Notifying ACLC: When notifying ACLC about learner tardies and absences, parents/guardians must include the learner's name, grade, the reason for the tardy or absence, and the date of the tardy or absence. This information may be provided using any of the following methods:

  1. Call 510-995-4300 and select menu choice number 1. Leave a message that includes all the information described above.
  2. Send an email to with the all the information described above.
  3. Provide your learner with a signed note that includes all the information described above.
  4. PLEASE NOTE: Absences or tardies that are not cleared within 5 school days CANNOT be excused—no exceptions.

Contracts for Special Situations

ACLC has attendance contracts for three types of situations. Click each form name to download a copy:

I. Enrichment Contracts are for learners who request to arrive late or leave early in order to participate in a regularly scheduled enrichment activity (such as music or language lessons). Late arrival or early departure for enrichment activities may not impact any class period other than a project period.

II. Off-Campus Contracts are for high school learners who need to be absent during the regular school day in order to attend college classes or to participate in an approved internship.

III. Independent Study Contracts are for learners who plan to miss four or more consecutive days of school due to medical treatment, bereavement travel, enrichment activities (such as academic or athletic competitions) or other family-related travel.

Class attendance is a responsibility shared by parents and guardians, learners, facilitators, and administrative staff.

Parents and Guardians are responsible for insuring that learners attend and get to school on time. When learners are late or absent, parents/guardians are responsible for notifying the Office as to the reason for the tardiness or absence.

Learners are responsible for arriving at school and class periods on time and for being in class, in the Center, or at approved off-campus activities during school hours. When late, learners are responsible for coming to the ACLC Office to get a late slip before going to class.

Facilitators are responsible for taking attendance for each class period, for requiring late slips from learners, and for recording tardies and absences in attendance records.

Office and administrative staff are responsible for determining whether tardies and absences are excused or unexcused, recording them as such, and tracking and responding to patterns of tardiness, absenteeism and truancy.

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