The State Board of Education released an absenteeism letter in September 2016.  It is extremely important to have your student(s) attend school everyday.  Alpine School District views and understands the importance of good attendance–you can read about that here.  Make sure you are aware of the attendance policy (below) at Westlake High School.  In an effort to help track your students’ attendance, please sign up in Skyward to receive email notifications.  To excuse absences, tardies, etc., please email [email protected]

Quick Facts

  1. If your student was marked incorrectly, please email the teacher, they are the only ones that can change the attendance record.
  2. Skyward is the best resource to see all of your student’s attendance and look at their grades.
  3. It may take up to 24 hours for Skyward to update.

Prior Notice for Anticipated Absences

  • If a student is planning to have an absence, please communicate with the teachers in advance, in order to arrange for missed assignments/test.
  • Email the attendance office at [email protected] with the above mentioned information so they can get it marked in a timely manner.

Checking Out Students

  • Alpine School District requires a legal guardian or a person authorized by the guardian to sign for your student to be released from school during the day.  A photo ID must be presented at the time of checkout.
  • If someone who is not listed as an emergency contact comes to check out your student, we will not be able to release them.
  • Check-out can be done by phone with a password or in person.  Please take into account that it may take some time to get your student released, so plan accordingly.
  • When a student is checked out, unless otherwise specified, they will be excused for the rest of the remaining periods.  If a student returns to school after being checked out, please have them notify the attendance office they are back on campus.


  • Tardies (T) will be the responsibility of the student to ensure his/her teacher has marked it correctly. After 20 minutes of class time a student is considered absent.
  • Students arriving late will go directly to class this year–there is no need to check into the attendance office first.
  • Please email the attendance office to check in your student.
  • Tardies will not need to be excused.


  • Students will receive a truancy (Y) when they leave a class without permission or are not in the class they are scheduled to be in.


  • Marking absences (X) will be the responsibility of the student to ensure his/her teacher has marked it correctly. Excessive un-excused absences will be dealt with by the student advocates and admin over that alphabet.
  • As per Alpine School District policy, parents have 10 days to excuse absences for their student(s).
  • Parents may email the attendance office at [email protected]  within the 10 day time period to excuse When sending an e-mail, please include the date and class periods of the absences you would like excused. Fraudulent excusing of absences may result in student suspension and loss of privileges for all involved. Students are responsible to make up any work, quizzes and/or tests missed during their absence. Students have the responsibility to arrange for makeup work with their teachers.