Students at Edwin Markham MS are expected to attend school everyday and arrive on time to all classes 100% of the time. 



Students are to be in class daily to maximize opportunities for success.  Excessive tardiness and absences have a direct correlation to poor student performance and are detrimental to the learning environment.  Parents, students, and the entire school staff all have a shared responsibility to ensure that obtaining a quality education is the top priority. 


Attendance Policy

  • Students who have been absent from school for any part of the day, must report to the Attendance Office before returning to class.  The student must bring a note, signed by a parent/legal guardian stating the reason for the absence, dates of the absence from school, and a parent /guardian contact phone number. 

  • Students who returns from an absence without a note, and whose parent/guardian cannot be contacted, will be considered truant.

  • Assignments and tests missed during an excused absence may be made up.  An excused absence includes the following:

    • Student illness

    • Medical, dental, optometrist, or chiropractic appointment

    • Attending a funeral for an immediate family member

    • Jury Duty

    • Illness or medical appointment for a child of whom the pupil is the parent

    • Court appearance (requires verification from the Court)

    • Religious retreat or ceremony (requires verification from religious representative)

    • Religious holiday

  • All other absences are unexcused. The opportunity to make up missed assignments and/or tests will not be granted.

  • Students absent for more than three (3) consecutive days, should have their parent/guardian notify the Attendance Office with the reason for the absence and expected date of return. 

  • Students absent five (5) or more consecutive days due to a medical reason must be cleared through the nurse with a doctor’s note before returning to class.

Emergency Early Leave:  In the event the parent/guardian must take the student out of school before the end of the school day, the parent/guardian must come to the Attendance Office with identification and request to have the student summoned for an early leave.


Absences must be verified.

Students with five or more unverified/unexcused absences in the current school year will be referred to the District Attorney's Abolish Chronic Truancy Program.  Regardless of whether an absence is verified, unverified, excused, or unexcused, parents or guardians must always notify the school of a student’s absence in writing.


  • Illness absence with a doctor’s note or authorization by school nurse or other authorized school official.

  • Exclusion from school supported by written documentation by nurse or other authorized school official.

  • Medical appointments; verified by a written note from a doctor.

  • Quarantine of the home; verified by the health department.

  • Funeral due to the death of a member of the student’s immediate family (1 day, within the state; 3 days, outside the state).

  • Absences for justifiable personal reasons, with prior written request and written approval from the principal or authorized school official, such as an appearance in court, attendance at a funeral service, observance of a holiday or ceremony of his or her religion, attendance at a religious retreat, or attendance at an employment conference.  Written proof of attendance regarding justifiable personal reasons is needed for verification.

  • Any other absence with prior written approval from the principal will be verified.

Truancy:  Any pupil subject to compulsory full-time education or to compulsory continuation education who is absent from school without a valid excuse on three occasions or tardy for more than 30 minutes in a school day on three occasions in one school year, is a truant.  The District Attorney's Office ACT Program will contact the parents of students with five or more unverified/unexcused absences and direct them to attend a General Assembly.  If necessary, the PSA counselor will also direct those families to a District Attorney Hearing and the School Attendance Review Board.  When all efforts to prevent truancy fail, a referral is made to the District  Attorney’s Office and parents or guardians may be subject to prosecution for an infraction or misdemeanor.  Please see Crystal Rosas, PSA Counselor, at (323) 568-5506 for further information on compulsory education laws and/or assistance.



1650 E. 104th Street, Los Angeles, California 90002 
(323) 568-5500 Phone | (323) 569-6066 Fax

Los Angeles Unified School DIstrict

333 S. Beaudry Ave, Los Angeles, California 90017 
(213) 241-0000 Phone | (213) 241-8442 Fax