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Note from Susi

A new law has changed the way schools receive state funding. It is important that you understand this law and support our efforts to increase attendance at El Segundo Middle School so that our school will not lose a large amount of annual funding. Please feel free to donate funding for absences $44.34 per day absent.

Schools can no longer receive money for excused absences. Schools will now only collect funding for students who are actually in class for any given 30 minutes of the day. Every day a student misses school, even for excused absences, the school loses about $44.34 in income, the equivalent of about 5 library books. We ask that you support our efforts to increase student attendance by:
• Planning your family vacations during the summer or school holidays. If that is not possible, please ask Susi Flores about independent study for 5 or more days of consecutive absences.
• Try to schedule doctor appointments for your child after school hours.
• Allow your child to stay home only when he/she has a contagious illness or is too sick to be comfortable at school. Also please note that after the 4th day of absence, a doctor’s note is REQUIRED.
When your child has a doctor’s appointment in the middle of the day, bring him/her to school before the appointment.
Remember too, that a good student attendance not only benefits our school, it also benefits your child. Every day a student misses school, she/he gets more than two days behind his/her peers, because he/she must make up missed learning and catch up with new learning at the same time. Every day a student is in school, he/she raises their chance to score well on test. Every day a student goes to school, he learns a little more about responsibility. The mission of our school district is “to ensure that every student promotes and has the ability to succeed in the global community.” Attendance is very important toward achieving that mission, and we need the support of all our parents.
We know you want the very best education for your child, and we do too. By understanding that Every Day Counts, together we can give your child the very best.
If your child is absent email or call or 310-615-2690 option 1. If absence is not CLEARED within 24 hours your student will be marked UNEXCUSED!