Absent Tardy Procedures
Parents are asked to notify the school in advance or prior to 9:00 a.m. if their child will be tardy or absent that day. Please call 206-631-4200 to report the absence. You may also call and leave a message after hours to report an absence prior to the start of school. Please send a handwritten note when the child returns to school indicating the reason for the absence or tardy. If a student is absent and the school has not been notified, a phone call to the parent is placed by parent volunteers. Admittance slips will be written for tardy students beginning at 9:11 a.m. per the school wall clocks.
Absences (excused) per state law
The only absences that can be considered excused are:
- Participation in a district or school approved activity or instructional program;
- Illness, health condition or medical appointment for the student
- Family emergency including, but not limited to, a death or illness in the family;
- Religious or cultural purpose including observance of religious or cultural holiday or participation in religious or cultural instruction;
- Absence directly related to the student’s homeless status;
- Absences related to deployment activities of a parent/guardian who is an active duty member consistent with RCW 28A.705.010;
The Washington attendance law, the BECCA bill, requires students by law to be in school. This law can apply to elementary school aged students when they are excessively absent even if they are excused. Washington State law requires that all children from age 8 to 17 attend school. This law also applies to children ages 6 and 7 if the parent enrolls the child in public school. Regular attendance is a major factor in determining a child’s success in school and helping them to perform well academically. Although missed assignments can be made up, nothing can replace valuable in-class instruction.
After one unexcused absence, the parent or guardian will be notified by an automated phone call. An unexcused absence is one that the parent has not excused by providing a note or informing the school by phone or is an absence that was reported but does not qualify as an excused absences per state guidelines.
After 5 unexcused absences a letter will be sent home notifying parents of the educational impact on the student. After 10 unexcused absences parents are required to have a conference with a school administrator. After the parent meeting, if unexcused absenteeism continues, the school district may file a petition with the juvenile court, alleging a Becca Law violation. Parents who fail to get their children to school may be fined $25 a day.
After 10 excused absences parents a letter will be sent home notifying parents of the educational impact on the student.
We recognize there are many reasons why a family may choose to take their student out of school for an appointment or vacation; however, students cannot maximize their educational experience when they are absent.
A significant amount of teaching and learning takes place during class time and cannot be duplicated at home. Often written work is practice or an extension of what is taught and discussed during the lesson in class. Those assignments that can be completed outside the classroom environment will be accumulated and saved by the teacher for your student.
We urge you to schedule all appointments and family vacations during non-school days. If that is not possible, we request that you communicate your plans as soon as possible to the office. Upon return, the student will be asked to complete school work at home with parental assistance. Although every effort will be made to see that your child gains the needed learning, teachers are not required to assemble packets for such absences. Vacations are considered unexcused absences.
In the event that early dismissal is necessary, please send a note to the teacher stating the time you will be picking your child up. Do not go to your child’s classroom. The office staff will call for your child. These procedures are for the safety and security of our students.
- Please send a note to the teacher with change in plan for after school dismissal.
- Students will be only dismissed to the contacts listed on the emergency card, so please update your emergency card.
- All early dismissal requests by phone or in-person must be made by 3:15 p.m. to ensure your student will be able to get the message.
We recognize there are many reasons why a family may choose to take vacation the week of conferences, however, the district provides teachers with three non-student days to complete fall conferences due to the challenge of attempting to conduct meaningful conferences during the normal school week. If your family chooses to take a vacation during conference week, please be advised that we will send home the student's report card but make up conferences will not be rescheduled. If you have specific questions or concerns upon reviewing the report card, you are welcome to request a follow up phone call with your teacher.