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International School Attendance Policy
Excused absences include illness, medical or dental appointments, religious observances and family emergencies.
Family Vacations & Non-School Activities
Family Vacations and non-school activities should be planned for non-school days. If there is a special reason for an absence on a school day (e.g. family trip, non-school sports), please print out or pick up a Pre Arranged Absence Form from the Attendance Office. The completed form must be returned to the attendance office at least 5 school days before the absence in order for the absence to be excused. Failure to follow procedure will result in an unexcused absence. Students may be approved for five (5) prearranged absences per school year. Any other missed days for non-school reasons or those outside the valid excused policy will be unexcused absences.
State law requires that we follow specific steps for unexcused student absences, including parent conferencing. Students who have ten unexcused absences fall under the BECCA law and must be referred to the courts.
When your child has an excused absence, the teacher will provide make-up assignments, as appropriate. Make-up assignments for an unexcused absence will be provided at teacher discretion.
International School’s procedure for reporting an absence or tardy
If a student is not going to be in school, the parent or guardian should call/email the school attendance office early in the morning of the absence/tardy: 425-456-6545 or firstname.lastname@example.org
International School’s tardy procedures
Students arriving tardy to school must come to the attendance office to sign in when arriving on campus after school has begun. They will need a ‘Tardy Slip’ to be allowed into class.
A student who has accumulated seven unexcused tardies across any periods will serve a 2-hour Saturday detention. There will be an additional 2-hour Saturday detention at 14 unexcused tardies. When a student collects 21 unexcused tardies, an in-school suspension will be issued. For a tardy to be excused a note or phone call from a parent/guardian will be required. Excused tardies include: illness, medical and dental appointments. Unexcused tardies include: traffic, car trouble, alarm not working, family members who are late, late carpool, and power outages.
International School’s procedure for leaving school early
On the morning of the absence, the student needs to get a release slip from the attendance office. The student shows this slip to the teacher of the class where the student needs to leave early. It will indicate the time the student must leave class. It will be the student’s responsibility to keep track of time and leave class to meet his/her parent or guardian at the attendance window to sign out. We will not call students out of class, as it is very disruptive to the entire class.
Students must sign out when leaving campus at any time during the school day. Students will not be allowed to leave campus without a note to excuse them or their parent/guardian stopping by the office to sign them out.
International School’s procedure for absences and outside of school day activities
This includes, but is not limited to, senior project activities, rehearsals, performances, socials, dances, practices, ASB activities, or school sponsored sporting activities. Students are expected to be in attendance on days of activities, practices, and competitions. In the case of a sporting event, it is the student’s responsibility to notify his/her coach/advisor/director concerning absences.
Eligibilty to participate is based on the following:
- Students must attend a minimum of 3 classes for a 4-period schedule
- Students must attend a minimum of 2 classes for a 3-period schedule
- Students must attend a minimum of 4 classes for a 5-period schedule (those with 0 period classes)
You may check your student’s attendance at any time online. Follow the instructions to access your student’s grades and attendance. If you have questions please call the attendance office at 425-456-6545.