Parents/Guardians - Please call the Attendance Secretary at (425) 837-4810 before 7:30am if your student will be absent or tardy for any reason. Leave your student's full name, grade, date, reason for absence/tardy, and your name and relationship to the student. Please S L O W L Y spell your student's first and last names. You may also email the Attendance Secretary.
- Late Arrival to School: Sign in with the Attendance Secretary immediately before going to class. Students arriving at school after the bell will have the attendance coded as an unexcused tardy unless they bring a note signed by a parent/guardian or a parent/guardian sends and e-mail or leaves a voice mail.
- Absence from School: Bring a note from your parent/guardian stating the reason for the absence. Give the note to the Attendance Secretary immediately upon returning to school.
- Early Dismissal: Bring a note from your parent/guardian (or an e-mail sent to attendance secretary from parent/guardian) on the morning of your early dismissal and give it to the Attendance Secretary. Note/e-mail must include time student needs to be excused and the reason, and if they are returning that day. You must sign out before leaving. Upon returning the same day, you must sign in with the Attendance Secretary prior to returning to class. If you are picking up your student without prior notification to the attendance office, the dismissal process may take up to 15 minutes.
- Excused and Unexcused Absences: Please refer to District Regulation 3122 below.
- Excessive Excused Absences: You may be asked to provide a doctor's note for excessive excused absences due to illness. If you reach a total of 15 excused absences at any point in the school year, you will be asked to provide a doctor's note to excuse additional absences.
- Pre-Arranged Absence: If a student must miss school for 3 or more days, you may apply for an excused pre-arranged absence. Turn in the Pre-Arranged Absence Form at least 1 week prior to the first day of the absence to be evaluated. It may not be approved if it will cause a serious adverse effect on the student's educational progress. The Pre-Arranged Absence Form is also available at the Attendance Office.
- Athletics and Absences: Students who miss any part of the school day are not permitted to practice or compete without a note from a doctor excusing their absence. Please bring the note to the attendance office upon your arrival/return to school.
As provided in District Regulation 3122, regular school attendance is necessary for mastery of the educational program provided students. Daily attendance and active participation in each class are critical parts of the learning process. Students, at times, may appropriately be absent from class. A computerized message will contact households in the evening informing parents that their student(s) missed one or more periods that day. The message will also notify parents of the potential consequences of additional unexcused absences. The following principles shall govern the development and administration of attendance procedures within the District:
Excused (School Day and Individual Class) absences are absences due to:
- Participation in a District or school approved activity or instructional program;
- Illness, health condition or medical appointment (including, but not limited to, medical, counseling, dental or optometry);
- Family emergency, including, but not limited to, a death or illness in the family;
- Religious or cultural purpose including observance of a religious or cultural holiday or participation in religious or cultural instruction;
- Court, judicial proceeding or serving on a jury;
- Post-secondary, technical school or apprenticeship program visitation, or scholarship interview;
- State-recognized search and rescue activities consistent with RCW 28A.225.055;
- Absence directly related to the student’s homeless status;
- Absence resulting from a disciplinary/corrective action. (e.g., short-term or long-term suspension, emergency expulsion); and
- Principal (or designee) and parent, guardian, or emancipated youth mutually agreed upon approved activity.
The principal or designee may only grant permission for a student’s absence providing such absence does not adversely affect the student’s educational process.
A conference with the parent or guardian will be scheduled after two unexcused absences within any month during the current school year. Prior to suspension or expulsion, the parent will be notified in writing in his/her primary language that the student has unexcused absences. A conference will be scheduled to determine what corrective measures should be taken to ameliorate the cause for the student's absences from school. If the parent does not attend the conference, the parent will be notified of the steps the district has decided to take to reduce the student’s absences.
Not later than the student’s fifth unexcused absence in a month the district will enter into an agreement with the student and parents that establishes school attendance requirements, refer the student to a community truancy board or file a petition and affidavit with the juvenile court alleging a violation of RCW 28A.225.010.