Attendance Procedures

School Day Absence

In the event of an absence there are two options to report the absence. (The online form is preferred):

1. Online Student Absence Form

This form is only for parents and is found on the Parent Portal on the school’s website. Use it via a desktop or mobile device on the evening before or the morning of the absence -- before 9 a.m.  We encourage parents to use this means for notifying the school. Students do not need to bring an absence note if this form is used. 

(Note: This form is not for a student who needs to leave school early. A student will still need a note to bring to the Dean’s Office that morning before school to receive a pass to leave school. )


2. Call the School

A parent or guardian must call the school before 9:00 a.m. on the first morning of the absence. A message can be left on the phone mail system of the Attendance Office by calling 650 968-1213, Ext. 470


Bring in a Note

In addition to calling the school on the morning of the absence, the parent must send a note including the reason and date of absence with the student upon his/her return to school. The note must be brought to the Attendance Office. Failure to do so may result in the student being assigned a detention, and the absence declared “unexcused.”

Leaving School During the Day


A student may not leave campus for any reason without specific approval through the Attendance Office. Saint Francis does not expect students to make medical or dental appointments during the school day. Any student needing to leave campus for any reason will be cleared through the Attendance Office if the following procedures are followed.

Required Note: Written requests must be brought to the Attendance Office.  If a student forgets a note, the student should come to the office to call home and receive a pass to leave. 

  1. before school begins that day. Notes for doctor’s appointments MUST include:
    1. Name of Doctor
    2. Phone number of Doctor
    3. Time of appointment
    4. Time to be excused from school
  2. Dismissal Pass: A student will be issued a pass that should be shown to the teacher when the student leaves. The student must check in through the Attendance Office and provide the appointment verification card upon returning to school.

Parents Who are Out of Town

Parents who plan to be away from home while school is in session should notify the school in writing as to who will be legally responsible for their son or daughter during this time.

Homework for Students Who are Ill

A student always has the option to email teachers and check class websites for homework.

Extended Absences

In the event of a need for an extended absence (five or more days), parents must contact the Director of Academics to discuss this need before the absence is to begin or as soon as possible.
Saint Francis High School1885 Miramonte AvenueMountain View, California 94040650 968-1213Fax: 650 968-1706
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