Student Attendance

All students must attend school every day.  Lynwood High School believes that arriving to class on time builds responsibility and maximizes instructional time that leads to increased student achievement and success. Please refer to the following link regarding excused absences: Excused Absences Link
Students may recover "unexcused" and "unverified" absences by attending Saturday School from 8:30 am - 12:30 p.m. Saturday School dates will be shared with you by administrators and/or teachers.
Phone calls: The LHS Attendance Office receives phone calls between the hours of 7:30 a.m.- 10 a.m. If your call is not answered, please leave a detailed message regarding clearing your students absences (name, student ID number, Ed. Code reason to excuse absence). Please allow for 3-5 days for the absence to be cleared if you must leave a message (messages are addressed as soon as possible). The fastest way to clear your child's absences is to send a note with them and have them take it to the Attendance Office between the hours of 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Parents may also email attendance notes to the Attendance Clerks at [email protected] or [email protected] or Ms. Andrews, Assistant Principal, at [email protected] .
To speak directly to a clerk or leave a message: 
  • For students in grades 9th and 12th: (310)886-7140 ext. 6020
  • For students in grades 10th and 11th: (310)603-1585 ext. 6021
Parent(s) or Guardian(s)' notes: Students need to turn in notes form parents or guardians to the Attendance Office before 8:30 A.M.  The attendance clerks need to process and verify the information before the students are allowed to go home.  Students who turn in the notes a few minutes before they need to leave campus may be subjected to delays.
Excused Absences: There are some excused absences according to Education Code 48201 such as: illness, quarantine, medical, dental, optometrist or chiropractic services, funeral for immediate family (not to exceed more than three (3) days if outside of California), justifiable personal reasons (ex. Religious retreat, court appearance, etc.).
Irregular Attendance: Although some absences are excused, Education Code 48403 defines certain absences as irregular attendance.  Examples of irregular attendance are: "excessive excused absence - illness, medical or dental appointments during school hours, excused tardies and other."  Another example of irregular attendance is "excessive unexcused absences: frequent vacations, errands for parents or other reasons during school time.:  We highly recommend that parents/guardians set up appointments for dentists, doctors, etc. after school or during the weekends/breaks.
Any pupil subject to compulsory full-time education or to compulsory continuation education who is absent from school without a valid excused for ten percent (10%) or more of the school days in one school year, from the date of enrollment to the current date, is deemed a chronic truant.  Any pupil is deemed a habitual truant who has been reported as a truant three (3) or more times per school year.  
Students who are chronically and/or habitually truant may be subject to the following possible consequences:
  • Detention and Saturday School
  • SART: A meeting with the parent and student including an attendance contract and/or
  • SARB: A meeting with school and law enforcement to determine parent/student consequences, referral to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office or Probation, request for the parent to attend school with the student for the day, as well as any other consequences pursuant to the California Education and Penal Codes.
Truancy is defined as any absence from school without parent knowledge and/or permission.
Any of the following will be considered class truancy and MAY BE CITED BY POLICE:
  • Failing to attend class and not having a valid excuse\
  • Leaving any class under false pretenses
  • Leaving a class or school grounds without permission
  • Being reported by staff member on campus during an all-day absence