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Attendance Staff

Linda LaPine

Attendance A - G

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Patty Patrzalek

Attendance H - O

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Connie Gutierrez

Attendance P - Z

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Absence Procedures

Attendance Office (school hours only)

(949) 496 - 6935

Whenever your child is absent please call the Attendance Office during school hours the same day as the absence. 



24 Hour Message-Only Absence Line 

(949) 493-7685

At any time, you may leave a voicemail regarding your child's absence on our 24-hour Message Line.



When leaving a message, please speak slowly and clearly and include the following information: 

  • Full Name of Child (please SPELL the first and last name!)
  • Grade Level 
  • Name of parent/guardian 
  • Date or dates of absence
  • Reason for Absence, either : 
    • Excused: Illness, medical appointments, funerals, court date, religious events and college visits
    • Personal Business: any absence not listed above. For example: non-medical appointments, vacations, oversleeping, etc. Generally, these absences are considered unexcused and it is up to the discretion of the teachers to allow make up work.

For additional information and/or to review the CUSD Board Policy regarding Absences click here (pdf). 

Delivering Messages or Personal Items

The Attendance Office does not deliver items or messages to students in non-emergency situations. We do this to maintain an uninterrupted learning environment (BP 6116).

Students are responsible for bringing everything with them at the start of the day. This includes, but is not limited to, homework, study materials, uniforms, and lunches.

We DO NOT have a drop off area. Items are left at your own risk!

We appreciate your understanding that instructional time should not be interrupted. 




Non-Discrimination Statement

The Capistrano Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: AR 1312.3, BP 1312.3 and BP 5183.

Rich Montgomery, Executive Director, Human Resource Services/Compliance
33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 234-9200

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