Absences or Tardiness

ABSENCES OR TARDINESS

Please make every effort to have your child be here and on time every school day.  If your child is ill, please call the school’s absentee line, (425) 431-7744 (selection 1), before 9:00 AM. In cases where a child is not at school and no call is received from the parent, we will attempt to determine the child’s whereabouts by contacting parents. Please keep your emergency contact numbers updated for the safety of your child.  

Edmonds School District has examined and revised its policies and procedures regarding attendance. Research has shown that regular attendance, as early as kindergarten, is a strong determiner for graduating high school. Getting your students to school every day and on time is one of the best ways you can support their education.  We’ve revised our school’s procedures to be in compliance with the revised truancy laws and district policies.

These are the changes to our attendance procedures:

  • You will be called via School Messenger if your child is absent each day.  The office will no longer be making personal phone calls.

  • Parent conferences will be set up for any student with five or more unexcused absences OR ten or more excused absences.  These conferences will be held here at school and parents are expected to attend and will be asked to sign an attendance letter.

  • For seven or more unexcused absences within a month OR ten or more excused absences in a year, the school is required to file a petition with the courts.

  • Pre-arranged and excused absences are exempt from the above requirement, so it is very important the parents complete those forms before the absence occurs.

  • Students arriving after 8:40 must check in with the office for a Tardy Pass in order to be admitted to class.  The only exceptions would be for a late bus or long breakfast line, in which case teachers are notified.

For absences of 3 days or longer for reasons other than illness, medical issues or emergencies, prior approval is required.  Please complete the “Request for Excused Absence” form available in the main office.  Principal and teacher approval is required. We recognize that there may be a time when a family trip is necessary due to a special occasion or other reason, but we cannot excuse absences for trips during state testing, which starts the end of April and continues through May.   

Medical/Dental appointments, which cannot be arranged outside of school hours, need to be communicated with the school office prior to the date of absence.  Parents/guardians are required by state law immediately after the absence to send a note to the student’s teacher for each separate instance of absence when the student re-enters school.  The note should include the date of absence, the nature of the illness and the parent’s/guardian’s signature.

Students need to arrive at school on time.  Occasionally, all of us experience events that cause us to be late.  Frequent tardiness is disruptive to the classroom, causes a disorganized start to the day, and teaches the child behavior that is tolerated in other settings, like the workplace.  Please establish routines and expectations with your child that gets them here on time.

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