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Make-up Work
Students shall be given the opportunity to make up school work missed because of an excused absence or suspension and shall receive full credit if the work is turned in according to the school's established make-up schedule. (BP-6154a)
Parent/student should contact their teachers via School Loop and check teacher’s websites for homework in the event they are absent. Any homework instructed by teacher for the student to be picked up is held in our attendance office. Our attendance office hours are 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Independent Study Contract
Independent Study Contracts are for students planning on missing regular instruction time due to extended absences for a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10 school days per contract.
The Attendance office needs at least ten days notice in order to collect the assignments and necessary signatures.
Parents are required to come in person to the attendance office during school business hours to sign each contract. Please call the attendance office to schedule a day and time to sign the necessary contracts. Before leaving for the trip, students must return contracts to the office where we will retain a portion of the contract forms. State attendance auditors closely audit Independent Study contracts, and all steps must be followed completely. All work assigned is due in the Attendance Office on the student's first day back at school.


Absence Procedures
Student attendance has a direct impact upon student achievement, and it is our desire at Aliso Niguel High School to promote positive attendance habits.  We invite you to maintain regular communication with our attendance staff. Should your student need to miss school, please call our office at (949) 831-9461 the same day as the absence.
If it is after office hours, please leave a voicemail. Please speak slowly and clearly in your message and provide the student's full name (spell), the grade, and a phone number at which you can be reached. Additionally, please leave one of the reasons for the absence listed below:
  • Illness, including medical appointments.
  • Funerals
  • Court Date
  • Religious Event
  • College Visits
  • Personal Business: any absence not listed above. For example, non-medical appointments, vacations, oversleeping, etc. Generally, these absences are considered unexcused and it is up to the discretion of the teachers to allow make up work.


Students are tardy if they come to school or class after the bell.  The tardy period is up to 30 minutes at the beginning of any class.  Any student who is later than 30 minutes is technically absent.  Students must be in class at the bell and, if not, should be marked absent by their teacher.  The absence mark can be changed to tardy if the student is late to class; this is the teacher’s responsibility.
Those students who arrive at school after the bell and do not have an excused pass should go directly to class where the teacher will change the absent mark to tardy.  Students who arrive at school less than 30 minutes late but for a valid reason (see notes above) may come to the Attendance Office windows for an excused pass to class.  Also, any student who is more than 30 minutes late to school for any reason must report to the windows as a pass is required at that point.
Tutorial is an opportunity for students to acquire extracurricular help, seek out teachers on a one-on-one basis, and to work cooperatively with other students. Tutorial is a required part of the instructional program where attendance is taken daily and is required.
Attendance Hotline (949) 831-9461
Leaving School Early
Please note that the earlier you reach out to the Attendance office, the more likely it is that your child's pass will be ready when they need to leave campus
It is sometimes necessary for the student to leave before the school day is over. In this case, a parent/guardian must contact the attendance office prior to the student leaving campus. It is highly recommended that the parent/guardian call the office early in the day so that the pass will be ready for the student. The attendance office expects the student come to the attendance office before he/she leaves campus and pick up a prearranged early out slip. Passing periods and lunch are the appropriate times for students to pick up their early out slips. *If a student will need to leave while they are in a class, the pass to leave must be picked up prior to going to the class they will be leaving from. Please coordinate with your child the details regarding his/her early departure from school and where you will pick-up your child. The school recommends that students be picked up near the flagpole. Students who leave campus without permission are considered truant and parents are unable to clear the truancy.
Any absence that is not cleared by the office within 72 hours (Ed. Code) will become a truancy and disciplinary action may be taken by the discipline office. The primary parent/guardian is notified by email and voice message when the student has been marked absent for one or more classes. Parents/guardians can also check absences through School Loop.
Delivering Messages or Personal Items
There is a drop off table in our reception area for parents to leave items for their students to pick up.
Since it is our desire to maintain a learning environment that is uninterrupted, the attendance office does not deliver items or messages to students in non-emergency situations. Students are responsible for bringing everything with them at the start of the day. This includes homework, study materials, uniforms, and lunches. We appreciate your understanding that instructional time should not be interrupted.
Excused Absence for Student Observance of Religious Holidays
The student and/or parent have the responsibility to make arrangements with the classroom teacher for any make-up assignments. The classroom teacher will make every effort not to schedule tests during or on the school day following religious holidays and will provide make-up assignments or inform students of post-holiday tests prior to the holiday being observed. The student will be allowed two (2) days for each day of absence to make up assignments and/or tests if tests must be scheduled during the period absence or on the day he/she returns to class. Additional time may be given at the classroom teacher's discretion. (BP-6154a)