Valid reasons for an excused absence include:
- Illness, health conditions or health care appointments
- Family emergencies
- Participation in school-approved activities
- Disciplinary action or short-term suspensions
- Observance of religious holidays
- Other absences as permitted by law (WAC 392-400-325 R5117)
All other absences will be considered unexcused and may result in disciplinary action and affect a student’s grades. (Please refer to your child’s individual school student handbook.)
Parents may be asked to provide documentation for an absence.
Elementary and secondary (sixth through 12th grade) students must follow separate procedures to secure a prearranged absence. Refer to the school student handbook for procedures.
Absences of six consecutive days or more due to illness or other health conditions require a note from a doctor or appropriate medical provider.
The school district will take the following action related to unexcused absences.
- On the first unexcused absence in any month, the school will notify the parent by phone or in writing of the student’s absence and of potential consequences for further unexcused absences.
- On the second unexcused absence in any month, a conference will be scheduled with parents or guardians and the student to discuss the absences. After five unexcused absences, an attendance agreement is required to be signed.
- If the student reaches seven unexcused absences in any month or 10 unexcused absences in the current school year, the district is required to file a petition in juvenile court alleging a violation of Washington state’s mandatory attendance law.