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Student Handbook

Promotion Criteria

As per SPVUSD Elementary Multiple Grade Level Standards for Promotion, students must achieve two of the three benchmarks to be promoted to the next grade level:
  • Students must be in attendance at school for 90% of the school year.
  • Students must score Basic or above on the STAR/CST
  • Students must maintain a 1.5 GPA or higher in core classes/Primary Grades this equates to 50% of “N” (needs improvement) overall.
Students not meeting the above criteria can only be promoted if:
  • They receive an exception letter based on the criteria outlined by the California Education Code.
  • They score proficient or advanced on the current year CST in the areas of Language Arts and Math.  Scores for these tests do not arrive until August.


Regular attendance is vital to a child’s success.  A child who is not in school cannot learn.  For this reason, it is important that all parents make a commitment to make a commitment to ensure that their child is at school and on time.  Please make every effort to adjust doctor appointments and family schedules to minimize time away from school.  Please note that:
  • California State law requires that students will be in attendance during the school day unless officially excused.
  • Parents are responsible for notifying the attendance office if their child is absent.  Parents may call the school 24 hours a day.  To let the attendance office know of an absence, call Veronica Gallardo at 572-0222 extension 2194.  If calling before or after school hours, a message may be left at 572-0222 extension 2194.
  • If contact is not made by phone, a written note, signed by the parent/guardian, must be sent to the school upon the child’s return.
  • If a child is absent due to illness for 3 (three) or more consecutive days, a note from a physician in the United States is required to excuse the absence.
  • A physician note is also required if a child misses more than 9 days during the school year for medical appointments.
San Pasqual Valley USD reserves the right to respond to the home in order to address habitually absent students or to address issues of compulsory attendance.
Students are expected to be at school every day.  We do understand students get sick, however, habitual absences raises concerns.  Parents will be notified by a letter or a phone call on the 3rd, 6th and 9th absences. After the issuance of the third notification, the student may be referred to the School Attendance Review Team (SART) for action.
Unexcused absences, absences that the parent/guardian has not reported to school officials, are unacceptable.  If a student is absent 5 (five) straight school days without notification, the student is considered habitually truant.  Truancy cases are reported to the School Attendance Review Team (SART) for action.  After the 10th consecutive unexcused absence, the student could be withdrawn from school and authorities will be notified.  Retention at grade level will be considered for students who exceed the minimum number of absences.
A student is considered tardy when they arrive at school after 7:55 A.M. It is important for parents/guardians to insure that their child arrives on time.  Please make sure that your child is ready for the bus when it arrives for morning pick up at the bus stop.  If your child misses only 5 (five) minutes of the school day, he/she will miss a total of 900 minutes of instruction time during the course of one year.  Instruction time begins at 7:55 A.M. daily.  Students are eligible for the end of the year bike drawing if they have perfect attendance with no tardies.