By law, the State of Washington requires each school to closely monitor student attendance. All absences will be considered "unexcused" unless we receive notification from you via telephone to the attendance line at 425-837-7550, or email at email@example.com, or by written notification as to the reason for the absence.
Absences are only considered excused for the following reasons: illness/health, family emergencies, religious observances, family trips and events, and school-approved activities. Absences due to family trips may only be excused when prior approval is given by the principal.
To gain approval for a trip, please complete a pre-arranged absence request form and return it to the office prior to your child's absence.
After sending a request, you will be notified if it is not approved. There will be no correspondence for approved absences.
Why are these rules necessary?
- Student Safety: Careful and consistent tracking and recording of student whereabouts is in the best interest of students, families, and schools.
- Federal Requirements: The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also commonly called No Child Left Behind, requires school districts to track and record student data in an easily retrievable database. Schools in Washington State are using a new system called Core Student Records to comply with federal requirements. Please help your school’s secretaries by notifying them right away when you know your child will not be attending school. Please contact the school office if you have any questions regarding attendance procedures.
We appreciate your help in developing good attendance habits for your child, as regular attendance is vital to his/her academic success!