Reporting Daily Absences

    One of the most successful elements of learning is regular, on-time attendance at school.

    Contact the Gold Ridge office each and every day your student is absent from school so that attendance can be accurately recorded in PowerSchool. To report an absence, call 916-294-9140 and press 1 for the attendance line or email the school clerk at keaster@fcusd.org. Please include the following information when reporting an absence:

    • student's first and last name
    • teacher's name
    • date of absence
    • reason for absence (illness, doctor/dentist appointment, funeral, out of town, etc.)
    • your name and relationship to the student

    Parent-reported absences due to illness (physical or mental) or medical appointment are coded as IPV (Ill-Parent Verified). If a doctor's note is submitted listing the exact date(s) of the medically related absence(s), the absence(s) will be coded as IMV (Ill-Medically Verified). If your child accumulates 10 IPV absences during the school year, a doctor's note will be required for subsequent absences due to medical reasons; if a doctor's note is not submitted, absences will be coded as UNX (Unexcused). To change any previous IPV absence to IMV, please request a note from the doctor specifying the exact date(s) your child was absent from school due to medical reasons.

    If a student is absent due to illness, they must be symptom-free for 24 hours without medication before returning to school.

    COVID-related absences are subject to specific guidelines. Please contact our health office if your student has been exposed to or has tested positive for COVID: 916-294-9140.

    Vacations are not excused absences. Absences due to reasons other than illness, medical appointment, religious holiday/ceremony, funeral, or family emergency approved by the principal are considered unexcused and will generate truancy letters. Click on the following link for a complete list of excused absences: CA Education Code - Excused Absences


    Independent Study Agreements

    Please plan vacations and family trips during school holidays. Pulling students out of school causes disruption to their learning and can be very challenging for our staff.

    If your student will be absent from school for 3-14 consecutive school days due to travel or another reason, please contact the Gold Ridge office at least 10 school days prior to the leave of absence to request an Independent Study Agreement. Students are only allowed a maximum of 14 days of Independent Study days per year. Please visit the school office for detailed information about Independent Study.

    Assigned Independent Study work must be turned in upon the student’s scheduled return to school. Independent Study work not turned in on the student’s scheduled day back will void the agreement, resulting in no attendance credit. Fully completed work turned in on time will result in full attendance credit. Partially completed work turned in on time will result in partial attendance credit.

    PLEASE NOTE: Independent Study Agreements will not be issued during the first two weeks of school and the last two weeks of school. Families who choose not to be present during these timelines will be dropped from school and lose their place.

    Please call or visit the school office for more information about Independent Study Agreements and beginning/end of the school year attendance.

    Remember, you must contact the school office to request an Independent Study Agreement at least 10 school days prior to your student's planned leave of absence.