If your child is going to be absent for any reason, please email Stacy Ratekin ( and the classroom teacher by 8:30 a.m. and indicate the reason. If your child is not feeling well, please keep him/her at home until symptoms have disappeared and he/she has been fever-free for 24 hours. The following reasons are considered acceptable reasons to be absent or tardy:

1. Illness - verified by phone, email, or parent note

2. Professional appointments - doctors, dentists, professional counseling

3. Quarantine

4. Immunization

5. Appearance in court

6. Observance of a holiday or ceremony of his or her religion

7. Funeral services for a member of the immediate family

Limit of one day within California or three days out of state

Immediate family includes mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, brother, sister, or any relative living in the immediate household of the student


Since school attendance is the key to academic success, it is important for your child to stay at home if he/she may be contagious. If your child has any of these symptoms, please keep him/her at home, or make appropriate child care arrangements:

1. Appearance, Behavior – unusually tired, pale, lack of appetite, difficult to wake, confused, irritable. This is

sufficient reason to exclude a child from school

2. Eyes – thick mucus or pus draining from the eye and “pink eye” (conjunctivitis)

3. Fever – temperature of 99 degrees Fahrenheit or higher

4. Greenish nose discharge, and/or chronic cough – should be seen by a health care provider. These

conditions may be contagious and require treatment.

5. Sore Throat – especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck

6. Diarrhea – 3 or more watery stools in a 24-hour period especially if the child acts or looks ill. If this is an

on-going condition, see a health care provider.

7. Vomiting – vomiting 2 or more times within the past 24 hours

8. Rash – body rash, especially with fever or itching. Diaper rashes, heat rashes and allergic reactions are

not contagious

9. Ear Infections without fever – do not need to be excluded, but the child needs to get medical

treatment and follow up. Untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss

10. Lice – children may not return to school until they have been treated and are free of lice and

nits (eggs). If you suspect your child has lice, please click here for treatment protocols.

11. Scabies - Children with scabies can be admitted after treatment.

If your child shows any of the above symptoms at school, it will be necessary to pick him/her up right away. Please note: If you bring your child to school with any of the above symptoms, it puts other children and staff (especially pregnant staff) at great risk. Remember hand washing is still the number one way to prevent the spread of germs. If all parents keep sick students at home, we will have a stronger, healthier, and happier school.


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 to prepare the assignment.


If you must pick up your child before the end of the school day, please inform the child’s teacher in advance. Please come to the office to sign out your child, and we will call for your child to come down to the office. Please do not go to the classroom. This will interrupt instruction for all of the students.


The basic philosophy of North School embraces the importance of student-teacher contact time. Five minutes of tardiness each day adds up to nearly one half hour per week. After a one-month period, this totals nearly two hours. Student tardiness means teacher repetition of directions, lessons, and information, causing lost time for the entire class. To help our students clearly see the importance of morning promptness at school, please be aware of the following guidelines:

When the 8:25 a.m. warning bell rings, all children should be on their way to their classrooms. School begins at 8:30 a.m.

Arriving after 8:30 a.m., the child needs to report to the office to receive a tardy slip from the school secretary.

The state attendance policy requires an adult to sign in a student who is late before the child may enter his/her class.


    • 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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More than two decades of research findings are unequivocal: the most important aspect of a school in terms of student learning is teacher quality, and our teachers are among the best!

Students in K-2 have access to a reading specialist. 3rd-5th grade students participate in our Innovation Labs where they create and explore. K-5 students participate in music classes, and 4th-8th grade students have access to instrument instruction. Spanish instruction begins in 4th grade, and Mandarin is offered in our middle school. All of our schools have a dedicated counselor, teacher librarian, physical educator, and more!

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