Your child’s attendance at school is extremely important for academic success. We understand that our scholars get sick and sometimes emergencies arise. Studies show that students with high numbers of absences are more likely to experience behavioral difficulties or to drop out of school.  We miss our scholars when they are not here, and we are here to support you if you are having trouble getting your child to school everyday and on time.

John Muir has shown considerable improvements in truancy and even had a personal visit from former Attorney General Kamala Harris (presently our Senator) to highlight our success (  We still have a lot of work to do! 

Under California law, students are required to attend school ( We monitor daily student attendance very closely. All students must come to office for a tardy pass if coming after 8:40.  Students are excused from school only for personal illness, medical/dental/court appointments, and for funerals of immediate family members.  All other absences are considered unexcused and can result in a truancy meeting with the principal and the Student Attendance Review Board (SARB).  

If your child is absent from school, please call 415-241-6335 and let our Attendance Liaison, Mr. Frias, know the reason. 

Ways to Prevent Tardiness


Have your child set out their clothes for the next day the night before. Their backpack should contain all their books, supplies and homework she will need for the next day. Get all of the supplies and equipment needed for after school practices and activities ready. Make their lunch that night they bring it, and ensure they are in bed bed at a reasonable hour (8-10 hours). Set the alarm 10 or 15 minutes earlier than absolutely necessary to ensure your child has enough time to get to school before 8:40.  

The negative affects of tardiness:

We realize that the city can be  a challenging place to get around, and we want our scholars to know that being on time is important.  Here are a few reasons it is important to be on time: 

* Our scholars miss morning circle routines which help build relationships and set a positive tone for the day. It also makes the teachers job all the more challenging when our scholars come in late.  

*Scholars miss out on academic time which can lead to them losing valuable learning and they may fall behind 

* Being punctual is an important life skill for building relationships and for  employment and opportunities