Attendance & Valet Info

Attendance Procedures

If your child is absent for any reason, please call James Foster Elementary school attendance line at 661-294-5355. You may use this number 24-hours a day. During school hours office personnel will take your call. Please call or email us as soon as you know that your child will be absent otherwise your child's absence will be recorded as unexcused.
 
If for any reason you are unable to call the school, it will be necessary for you to send a note with your child when he/she returns to school. An email to the office with your child's name, teacher's name, date and reason for absence.
 
Please note that an excused absence can only be for illness, doctor or dental visit, funeral for immediate family, exclusion for health reasons or religious holiday. If we do not have verification by a phone call, email or note your child will be marked unexcused. According to the California Education Code, we need verification of all absences. Three (3) unexcused absences are considered truancy according to the state of California.

Valet Program

James Foster School will continue to use the valet program in the Pamplico Park driveway. Entry is at the bottom and the exit is at the top of the driveway. Please follow all posted signage and painted curbs for student safety and to ensure that you will not be ticketed or towed by the Sheriff.
 
There is a staging area on Pamplico Drive where you are asked to wait before entering the valet lane next to the park. When entering the school driveway, you will go straight and then turn left into the park. Please do not drive into the staff parking lot for drop-off. Upper grade students will be available to walk younger students from the drop-off area onto campus and/or to the K-yard. They have been trained to work in the drop-off area by a Deputy Sheriff.
 
Our valet program is always supervised by an adult. There will be adults stationed at the bottom of the driveway and the school side of the park driveway to help students cross. If you park your car and walk your child(ren) onto campus, we encourage you to park on the street above the park and walk in on the park walkway. This will help you avoid walking where there is cross traffic.
 
Guidelines:
  • do not enter the staff parking lot when dropping-off your child(ren)
  • please drive slowly
  • do  not let students out in the school parking lot, drop off is in the valet lane only
  • pull as far forward as possible, to the top student, in the valet line when dropping off your child(ren)
  • have child(ren) ready to be let out on the curbside only
  • backpacks and jackets should be on the student's lap so your child is ready to go
  • parents, please do not exit the car at any time when using the valet
  • do not park in the parking spaces in the park to drop-off your child(ren), as it is dangerous to walk across the valet lane
  • please refrain from using your cell phone while in the valet line
Parent volunteers are needed, if you can help even one day a week, please call the school office.