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Child Welfare & Attendance


Last day to request Short Term Independent Study (STIS)
  • November 3, 2023 - for Thanksgiving Break
  • December 1, 2023 - for Winter Break
  • March 8, 2024 - for Spring Break
  • April 3, 2024 - for end of the year

Safe and welcoming schools create a positive environment where students are respected and treat one another with respect, thus minimizing student misconduct and improving the environment for learning. Because they are responsible for the effective and safe operation of schools, school administrators must take appropriate measures to address student conduct that threatens the ability of a school to operate in such a manner.

The majority of instances involving school discipline relate to minor misbehavior, and a school’s response to any student misconduct must be aligned with the obligation to protect  students’ rights of due process. However, school discipline is a necessary component of school administration, and acts of violence and crime must be addressed quickly and with sufficient severity to ensure the safety of students and school personnel.

School administrators have are focused on implementing discipline in a thoughtful manner, implementing Positive Behavior Intervention Supports and use exclusionary discipline (i.e. the removal of a student from a classroom or school) only as necessary to ensure school safety.

When schools are welcoming and have positive environments, students want to attend school regularly.  When students miss school, they miss instruction and learning. Patterson Joint Unified School District is committed to assist students in the development of strong attendance habits. Those good habits need to start early.  Many of our youngest students miss 10 percent of the school year—about 18 days a year or just two days every month. Chronic absenteeism in kindergarten, and even preK, can predict lower test scores, poor attendance and retention in later grades, especially if the problem persists for more than a year.  Together we can make sure students are at school regularly and are successful.


Sandra Villaseñor

Director, Child Welfare and Attendance



Mariela Aguilar

Attendance and Enrollment Specialist


Attendance Liaisons:

Christina Garcia


Deanna Arroyo