Absences / attendance

When a child is absent because of illness or for doctor or dental appointments, please call the school office at 344-0303 by 9:00 a.m. on the first day and indicate the reason for the absence. PLEASE, if your child is not feeling well, keep him/her home until symptoms have disappeared. Children are not to return to school until fever is gone for 24 hours. Upon your child's return to school, a note is to be given to the teacher stating the dates of absence and the reason.

Absences for any reason affect the school district’s funding. The district loses revenue each time your child is absent regardless of the reason. In some cases, your child may be provided a Travel Enrichment Study Plan for absenses from school of three or more days due to travel or special circumstances other than illness. If your child will be absent from school, please contact the teacher or principal to inquire about the Travel Enrichment Study Plan. We urge you to minimize unnecessary absences by planning vacations during the school holidays.

If your child is ill or away from school for any reason, it is expected that the missed work be made up. When a student is absent for more than two days, the parent may request the homework assignment by calling the school office. The secretary will inform the teacher of the request. Please allow 24 hours for the teacher to prepare the assignment.

If you must pick up your child before the end of the school day, please inform the child’s teacher and/or the office in advance. If your child is leaving school early for any appointment, he/she must be signed out in the office. PLEASE DO NOT GO TO THE CHILD'S CLASSROOM TO PICK HIM/HER UP. THIS IS AN INTERRUPTION TO INSTRUCTION.

Behavior expectations/Playground rules


¨ Students will demonstrate self-control and responsibility in academic and social situations.

¨ Students will demonstrate respect for other people’s person, property, ideas, feelings, learning and teaching.

¨ Students will exhibit cooperative behavior and demonstrate an understanding of their rights and responsibilities within a group.

¨ Students will be kind, considerate, and caring toward one another while remembering the following rules.


    • 300 El Cerrito Avenue
    • Hillsborough,
    • CA
    • 94010
  • Phone (650) 342-5193
  • Fax (650) 342-6964

Our schools have received 26 California Distinguished School Awards, 7 National Blue Ribbon Awards, and 29 Kent Awards for Innovative Programs. Our success is due to high quality staff, committed and involved families and community members, a supportive Board, a cohesive vision, and a strong commitment to excellence.
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