• Consistent attendance is essential for academic progress and is of great importance for a student’s academic and occupational success. Attendance will be taken daily and records kept in the office. Most classroom experiences cannot be duplicated on an individual basis; an absent student loses the experience of lecture, discussion and participation forever.

    When a child is absent, please call the Attendance Office at (253) 891-5210 or email the Attendance Secretary, Michele Dyche. to let the school know. A written excuse is requested on the child’s first day back. The Attendance Secretary sends out an automated call daily if a student has missed one or more periods. 
    Absence from school shall be classified as either an excused absence or an unexcused absence/truancy.

    excused absences

    An excused absence is granted for personal illness or injury, serious family illness, quarantine, death in the family, or absences which are due to extraordinary or unusual circumstances, after the parent/guardian provides notification of the dates and reasons for the missed days. Suspension from school is an excused absence. Court appearance, religious observance and school-related field trips are also excused absences. It shall be the responsibility of the parent and/or student to schedule medical, dental, or legal appointments during non-school hours whenever possible. However, if attending a medical appointment, bring verification from the medical provider. Excused absences shall not be permitted if deemed to cause a serious adverse effect upon the student’s educational progress. (RCW 28A.225.010 (d))

    Certain educational experiences are unique and it may not be possible to replicate them. An alternative assignment of equal value may be provided if possible. Make-up work will be provided by the teacher for an excused absence at the request of the student or parent/guardian.

    Excused absences shall require notification from the parent or guardian by phone or written note within 48 hours of the student’s return to school.

    If you are late to school or have been absent, please bring a note from your parent/guardian to the attendance office when you enter the building. All absences will be considered unexcused until excused by a parent/guardian. Please call the attendance office regarding any questions about absence.

    unexcused absences (truancy)

    Students are expected to attend assemblies, class meetings, and all scheduled classes or events each day. A student whose absence is not excused shall experience the school consequences of his/her unexcused absence, and teachers are not obligated to provide make-up work. A student is considered truant who misses any or all of a school day without the school’s permission and without the parent’s prior knowledge. 

    pre-arranged absences

    In some cases, certain experiences may provide students with valuable educational exposure, which the school cannot duplicate and should not be denied the student. In all such cases, prior arrangements with the school, a minimum of 24 hours, are to be made for the length of the absence and the student is required to complete coursework for credit or grade.

    If your child will be gone for three or more days, he/she will need to pick up a pre-arranged absence form from the attendance office. A note from a parent must be= provided in order to receive the absence form.