Bancroft Middle School

Performing Arts/STE[+A]M Magnets

Attendance Policy

Absences and Tardies


Parents may call the school to request homework if students are on an excused absent for long periods of time. Assignments may be picked up 24 hours after the initial request. Students are responsible for completing all make-up work, even after just one absence. A student returning from an absence must bring a note signed by a parent/guardian. The note must contain: the student’s name, date of absence, and the reason for the absence. The student must take the note to the Attendance Office before the first period of the day. A student absent for five or more days for illness must provide a doctor’s note.
It is important that all students be on time to all classes. When a student is tardy, it disrupts the instructional process for other students and for the teacher. Furthermore, tardies can affect the student’s work habits mark and can impact their academic grade. Three unexcused tardies in a 5-week grading period may earn a “U” in Work Habits. 7 or more tardies to a class will earn a “U” in Work Habits; tardies are cumulative from the first day of school. Teachers may have variations on this policy which will be written in their individual syllabus. Acceptable reasons for verified excused tardies are: illness, medical and dental appointment or late school bus. Please see the LAUSD Parent Student Handbook for District Policy.


Tardy Policy and Procedures


Regular and punctual attendance is expected of all students. A student is considered tardy upon arrival to any class after the tardy bell. Any unexcused tardy in excess of 30 minutes, may be counted toward truancy. The following procedures are to be followed for all tardy students:

The consequences for tardiness will be progressive and occur as follows:

1st Consequence

Warning documented by the Attendance Office/Teacher

2nd Consequence

Warning documented by the Attendance Office/Teacher

3rd Consequence

Call home from Counseling Office/Teacher, tardy documented in student record.

4th Consequence

Call home from Counseling Office; letter sent home with Tardy Policy; tardy documented in Student record.

5th Consequence

Referral to Grade Level Counselor; reflection assigned; phone conference with parent/guardian in which the student and parent/guardian is informed of future consequences.

6th Consequence

Referral to Counselor and a conference held with the parent/guardian and student.

7th consequence

Referral to Dean and 4-hour Restorative Saturday; phone conference with parent/guardian in which designated staff member notifies parent/guardian of future consequences.

8th Consequence

Referral to Administrator and a conference is held with the parent/guardian and student in which future consequences are discussed; student is ineligible to participate in extra-curricular activities. (Activities include culmination, leadership, field trips, etc.)

9th Consequence

Referral to PSA Counselor for further intervention. Student may be referred to the School Attendance Review Team (SART) and/or the School Attendance Review Board (SARB) which can result in legal consequences for the parent and student.