Absences or Tardiness

Student attendance is critical for learning. Research has proven that students with poor attendance fall behind their peers in academics. 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. 

For absences of 5 days or longer for reasons other than illness, medical issues or emergencies, prior approval is required. Please complete the “Request for Excused Absence” form online or 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. Every 4 events of tardiness will be counted as an absence. Please establish routines and expectations with your child that gets them here on time.

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