Attendance / Tardy Policy


Excused Absences

Per Ed Code 48205, a student absence will only be excused when the absence, as reported by the parent/guardian is:

  • Due to the pupil’s illness

  • Due to quarantine under the direction of county or city health officer

  • For the purpose of a medical, dental, optometric or chiropractic service rendered

  • For the purpose of attending the funeral services of a member of the pupil’s immediate family, one day if the service is conducted in California and not more than three days if the service is conducted outside California.

  • For justifiable personal reasons, including, but not limited to, an appearance in court, observance of a holiday or ceremony of the pupil’s religion, attending the pupil’s naturalization ceremony to become a United States citizen, participating in a cultural ceremony or event, etc.

The State of California requires that the parent/guardian must contact the school and verify the reason for, and the dates of, the absence. Please call 562-920-1801 ext 3032 or 3031.

Unexcused Absences, Truancy, and Tardy Policy

California Education Code 48260 states that any student who is absent from school without a valid excuse more than three days or tardy* for more than three days in one school year is truant. Truancy also includes being absent from a single period in the school day. *Students arriving to class after the bell signaling the start of the period are deemed tardy. All tardies will be tracked through Aeries. Instructional time is invaluable; therefore, an accumulation of tardies will result in detention and/or Beautification Projects. Detention is an opportunity to make up time and academic work that students missed due to truancies and tardies. Beautification projects exist to support student accountability for truancies and tardies.

Corrective Measures

  • No passes within the first and last 15 minutes of class will be issued.

Less than 30 minutes late: Students will be marked “T” by teachers.

*20 minutes on Mondays

  1. Warning from teacher

  2. Phone call home from teacher

  3. Phone call home from teacher

  4. Teacher intervention

  5. Counselor intervention & home contact (Teacher email counselor)

  6. Lunch detention & home contact (Teacher email Isabel)

  7. After school detention & home contact (Teacher email Isabel)

  8. AP / Dean attendance conference (Teacher email AP & Dean)

30 minutes late: Students will report to 905 & marked “C” by 905 staff.

*20 minutes on Mondays

  1. Lunch detention & home contact

  2. After school detention & home contact

  3. Beautification project & home contact


BMHS will implement random lockouts where all classroom doors will be locked once the class bell rings. All students out of class will be issued after school detention.


Students will report to room 905, turn in their cell phones and complete classwork on the provided computers.

Beautification Project

Students will report to the BISC on the scheduled day and time to participate in the monthly beautification project.

  • Students that fail to serve detention and / or the beautification project will lose the privilege of attending school events and activities until the time is served.

  • Accumulation of detentions and / or beautification projects will result in the loss of privileges for one semester.