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It is our desire at Marco Forster Middle School that students attend classes regularly and have a successful year. To that end, it will be helpful for each family to maintain regular communication with the attendance office staff. Whenever your son or daughter is absent, please call our office at (949) 234-5907 the same day as the absence.
In the event you need to call while the school switchboard is not in operation, this 24-hour message line (949) 234-5926 is available. When calling the message line, please speak slowly and clearly spell the full name and grade of your child. Also, please leave one of the reasons for the absence listed below:
  • Illness: including medical appointments. (teacher will allow make up work)
  • Funerals
  • Court Date
  • Religious Event
  • Personal Business: any absence not listed above. For example, non-medical appointments, vacations, oversleeping, etc. Generally, these absences are considered unexcused and it is up to the discretion of the teachers to allow make up work.


Students who arrive late to class create a disruption to the classroom teacher regardless of the reason the student is late. As a result, parents are unable to clear tardies. Parents are encouraged to communicate with the classroom teacher when their son/daughter is repeatedly late. Since the attendance office cannot write tardy excuses, students are encouraged to go directly to class when arriving late. Tardy passes are not written for students who are late.


It is sometimes necessary for the student to leave before the school day is over. In this case, a parent/guardian must contact the attendance office prior to the student leaving campus. The attendance office expects that the student will come to the attendance office before he/she leaves campus and pickup a prearranged early out slip. Please coordinate with your child the details regarding his/her early departure from school and where you will pick-up your child. The school recommends that students be picked up at the flagpole. Students who leave campus without permission are considered truant and parents are unable to clear the truancy.


Any absence that is not cleared by the office within 72 hours (Ed. Code) will become a truancy and disciplinary action may be taken by the assistant principal. Students are expected to be responsible for their attendance record. The school suggests the following: check with teachers (especially on sub days) to verify roll, respond immediately when uncleared absence letters are mailed home, and periodically call the attendance office to verify attendance. In the event your son or daughter is repeatedly truant, it is a good practice to call the attendance office often to verity attendance.