Frequently Asked Questions


When is an absence considered excused?

When is an absence considered excused?

  • Illness or Injury.
  • Medical or dental appointment with a note from the physician/dentist.
  • Attendance at funeral services for a member of your immediate family. (1 day for in state, 3 days for out of state)
  • Quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer.
  • Observation of a holiday or ceremony of his/her religion.
  • Exclusion for failure to present evidence of immunizations.
  • Exclusion from school for contagious disease.
  • Out of school, with an independent study contract with prior approval from the principal in place and all work assigned turned in to the teacher within one day from the student's return.

What is a late arrival?

  • Student arrives to school 30 or more minutes after 9:00am, without a medical/dental excuse.
  • When students, who are not ill, are picked up more than 30 minutes prior to school ending without a medical/dental excuse.

What is an unverified absence?

This is when the school has not received notification of a reason for a student's absence.

When is an absence considered unexcused?

  • Traveling for any purpose without an Independent Study Contract approved by the Principal.
  • Failure to complete all Independent Study work assigned by the teacher.
  • Family emergencies.
  • Student missed the school bus/school bus was late.
  • Parent is ill and can’t bring the student to school.

How do I notify the school if my child is absent?

  • Call the Absentee Reporting Hotline at (510)-644-6333 – this is an answering machine which is later checked by the school secretary.
  • Complete the form online.
  • Send an email to
  • Send a note to the school. Be cautious as it is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that the note is received by the office.

I reported my child’s absence, why am I receiving a robocall?


What is SART?

School Attendance Review Team (comprised of members of the school attendance team and Student Welfare)

What is SARB?

School Attendance Review Board (comprised of members of the school board, principals and district personel).

Why did I receive a letter from the school?

  • Letters are automatically generated through the truancy process.
  • If your child is absent from school without a valid excuse for 3 or more days in one school year, or is tardy or absent for more than any 30 minute period during the school day without a valid excuse on 3 occasions in one school year, or any combination thereof, your child will be considered truant and you will receive letters from the school, as directed by BUSD’s Student Services Department.

When should I keep my child home from school?

  • Fever over 100.4 during the last 24 hours
  • Vomiting anytime during the last 24 hours
  • Lice - only if the child has active, adult head lice
  • Pinkeye - only if the child has clear or yellow drainage from the eye, or a fever
  • For additional health concerns, refer to the City of Berkeley, Department of Public Health Infectious Disease Chart

What do I do if my child is absent for more than five days?

Please contact the Cragmont front office for an independent study packet.



I get some emails from Cragmont, but I don't get anything from the BUSD Superintendent or from Cragmont's principal. How can I also get those emails?

Emails from both the Principal and from the Superintendent are sent from BUSD, via a system called Illuminate. They are not sent via the Cragmont PTA. BUSD uses the contact info from your child's school registration form. If only one parent was listed, only that parent will receive these communications. To get your info added to Illuminate email with the subject “Update Information.” Then, include your name, school assignment, name of child(ren), phone, address, and email in the body of the email.

How can I get emails from the Cragmont PTA?

Cragmont PTA use Membership Toolkit to communicate with families. Here's how to signup. INCOMING FAMILIES 1) Visit 2) Under New User, select Create Account 3) Follow the steps to add your family's information RETURNING FAMILIES 1) Visit 2) Under Returning User, log in with your information 3) On the top navigation bar, hover over My Account, then select Family Info Update 4) Follow the steps to update your family's information

When I use the Cragmont School Directory to find families in my class, only half the class shows up. Are they not in the system?

At the beginning of the school year, the Cragmont PTA ensures the as many families as possible are in our directory. Typically, about 95% of famllies become registered. If you're class list seems incomplete, it's likely that other families in your class have intentionally or unintentionally elected not to have their information made public. Here's how to change your privacy preferences: 1. login to 2. Select Directory Publish Preferences 3. Toggle to Yes or No




830 Regal Road

Berkeley, CA 94708

Office Hours: 8:30am-3:30pm


Main Phone:  (510) 644-8810


Absentee Hotline: (510) 644-6333

or report online

Transportation: (510) 644-6182

LEARNS: (510) 644-4892

Parent Liaison: (510) 644-8871

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