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Zero Period Policy

Zero Period Contract



Capistrano Unified School District

San Juan Hills High School

San Juan Capistrano, California


Zero Period Attendance Expectations


Punctual and faithful attendance to zero period is particularly important for several reasons:

  • there are a limited number of these classes

  • zero period is outside the regular school day  

  • zero period is a privilege and students are not guaranteed a zero period

In order to maximize instructional time, we have established attendance and punctuality criteria specifically for zero period absences and tardies.


Attendance:  Students are expected to attend zero period class every day.  Under these expectations, there are no "excused" absences for zero period.  


Punctuality:  Students are expected to be on time to zero period.  The school tardy policy will be followed for zero period.


Consequences: Students will be withdrawn from a zero period class after the ninth zero period absence and/or tardy*.  Any combination of absences/tardies in zero period that equal 9 will be grounds for REMOVAL of a student from zero period.  Once withdrawn, they may re-enroll in the class later in the day if it is offered.  Once a student has been dropped from a zero period class for poor attendance or tardiness, he or she will not be eligible to take a zero period class the following semester.  All absences, even for illness or sports conflicts, count toward the total, if the absence is for zero period only.