Attendance

Attendance

We encourage students to be at school on time EVERY day. Regular attendance is essential to a student’s success in school. Students receive the full benefit of classroom instruction only when they attend on a regular basis. Bell times are MTTHF 9:15-3:40 and W 9:15-1:30. The first bell rings 5 min before the beginning of school. A student is tardy if they are not inside the classroom by 9:15.

When you know your child is not going to be at school due to illness, religious observances or family emergencies, please call 425-837-5600 and select option 1 to report the absence. If you receive a phone message that your child is absent and you believe your child to be at school, please call the school as the child may have been out of the classroom when attendance was taken.

Reporting

In case of absence or tardiness of student, please call Sunset Elementary at (425) 837-5600 and select option 1 to reach the attendance line. All absences are unexcused until we have heard from a child's parent.

If your child is planning to be absent for 1-20 days , please submit an Absence Request form to the office at least one week prior to the requested absence dates.

Absences may be excused with prior principal permission. When your child returns from an excused absence , the teacher will provide a list of make-up assignments, along with a reasonable timeline for completion. The student is responsible for completing missed work. (From ISD Elementary Schools Parent Handbook, pg 2)

Please make an attempt to schedule family trips during non-school dates. It is very difficult to make up lost instructional time. Absences for family trips without prior principal permission will result in an unexcused absence for the dates.

If your child is planning to be absent greater than 20 days , please submit an Absence Request form to the office at least one week prior to the requested absence dates.

If the absence is not pre-approved, the student will be withdrawn from enrollment after 20 days of absence.

Per RCW 28A.225.010, Students who are requesting to be excused for an absence for greater than 20 days must have a signed agreement between parent/guardian and school principal that the absence will not cause a serious adverse effect upon the student’s educational progress.

Forms can be found to the left.

Absences

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:

  1. Participation in a District or school approved activity or instructional program;
  2. Illness, health condition or medical appointment (including, but not limited to, medical, counseling, dental or optometry);
  3. Family emergency, including, but not limited to, a death or illness in the family;
  4. Religious or cultural purpose including observance of a religious or cultural holiday or participation in religious or cultural instruction;
  5. Court, judicial proceeding or serving on a jury;
  6. Post-secondary, technical school or apprenticeship program visitation, or scholarship interview;
  7. State-recognized search and rescue activities consistent with RCW 28A.225.055;
  8. Absence directly related to the student’s homeless status;
  9. Absence resulting from a disciplinary/corrective action. (e.g., short-term or long-term suspension, emergency expulsion); and
  10. 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.

Required conference for elementary school students

If an elementary school student has five or more excused absences in a single month during the current school year or ten or more excused absences in the current school year, the district will schedule a conference with the student and their parent(s) at a reasonably convenient time. The conference is intended to identify barriers to the student’s regular attendance and to identify supports and resources so the student may regularly attend school. A conference is not required if

  1. prior notice of the excused absences was provided to the district by 8:30 a.m. on the day of the absence or
  2. a pre-arranged absence form has been submitted or
  3. if a doctor’s note has been provided and a plan is in place to ensure the student will not fall behind in their coursework.

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. A student may be suspended or expelled for habitual truancy.

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

Early Dismissal

We encourage parents to make doctor and dental appointments before or after school hours. Please send a note to your child’s teacher if you must take him/her out of school early. When you pick up your child for early dismissal, report to the office to sign your child out. Your child will be called to the office to meet you. This is done for your child’s safety.  Please do not go to the classroom or specialist’s room. For student safety teachers are directed to release students only after receiving a call from the office.

Tardiness

Tardiness is a form of poor attendance and can become a bad habit. Arriving late to school affects your child and the entire class. The beginning of the day is an important time for students. Students arriving late often miss homework assignments, lessons, activities, and other important instructions. It is very important for your child to arrive at school on time. Tardiness falls under the guidelines of our attendance regulation. When tardy, students must check in with the office for an admission slip before going to class. If a student arrives after 10 am and wants school lunch, a yogurt lunch will be provided. No other lunch choice will be an option at that point.  If tardiness is chronic, parents may be contacted via phone and/or mail to determine a course of action, and a written note from a doctor may be required to excuse future tardiness.