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GAA Attendance Information 

*Daily attendance at school is an important part of your child's school success. The staff appreciates your concern and cooperation regarding building good work habits in our children. Please be aware that California law requires verification of attendance. The only legally EXCUSED absences are those for illness, medical or dental appointments, exclusion from school for lack of immunization (limited to five days), court appearances where the student is required to be present and funeral services of an immediate family member (mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, brother, sister or any relative living in the household); one day for in state and three days for out of state. All other absences are considered UNEXCUSED.

*COVID-19 illnesses and quarantine absences will be handled with parents/guardians though the nurse's office, administration and attendance clerk.

*If it is necessary for your child to miss school for any reason, please call our GAA Attendance Absence Line at 661-974-8542 and leave a message or you can email GAA School’s Attendance at Absences must be excused within 4 school days.

If your child is absent for three or more days due to a medical reason, a signed doctor’s note must be bought to school with your child when he/she returns to school.

If your child will miss school for any other reason than an excused absence, please contact the school so that arrangements can be made for him/her to keep up with the necessary class work through an Independent Study Program. According to state law, Independent Study must be at least 5 days long. We require at least 5 school days notice prior to a student being assigned to Independent Study. Independent Study Agreements must be signed prior to the student leaving and all work must be returned on the date the contract ends. Please see the Independent Study section.


Westside Union School District is excited to present a new, simpler way to keep current with your child’s absences. With iAttendSchool® you can clear your child's absence directly from your PowerSchool Parent account.

  • No more handwritten notes*, phone calls, or emails
  • Submit this anytime, anywhere you have internet.

Simply log onto your PowerSchool Parent account once your child is marked absent at school, you’ll see the absence from your parent account.

*Notes from Doctors must be submitted to the school office