Report an Absence
Good attendance is one of the keys to student success in school. Most of the experiences that take place in a classroom cannot be duplicated for each student individually including the discussions and the student-to-student interactions that are a vital part of each instructional day.
ATTENDANCE PROCEDURES AND LOSS OF CREDIT
If it is necessary for a student to be absent, the parent/guardian should call the Tyee Attendance office at 456-6809 by 7:45 AM. If the parent has not called into the attendance office, each student is required to bring a dated note, signed by the parent/guardian, stating the reason for the absence.
According to District policy, students who are absent from a high school accredited class (all World Language classes, Honors Biology, Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2) ten times in a semester shall be subject to potential loss of credit regardless of the current grade in the class. Absences caused by established religious holidays or by a student’s participation in school sponsored activities shall not be counted among the 10 absences.
ATTENDANCE SUMMARY REASON CODES
You may receive an attendance summary report detailing absences for the year. Attendance Summary reports accompany district form letters sent regarding a student’s absences. This attendance summary utilizes a number of codes to distinguish the various reasons for a student’s absence from class. These are the same codes used by our Online Grade Book Synergy.
|A||Absence with no note – Unexcused||R||Prearranged Absence – Excused|
|FT||Failure to Follow Procedure – Unexcused||SA||School Activity (field trips, etc.)|
|I||Illness||TE||Tardy – Excused|
|L||Religious Holiday||TU||Tardy – Unexcused|
|PR||Present (marked absent, but later verified to be present)||W||With Staff Member|
POLICY 3122 AND PROCEDURE 3122P (EXCUSED AND UNEXCUSED ABSENCES)
All student absences will be classified as excused or unexcused. Absences for the following reasons will be excused if there is timely verification (within 2 school days upon return) of such reasons provided to the school:
- Illness or medical emergency.
- Family emergencies.
- Observances of established special days of a religious calendar.
- Pre-arranged medical and dental appointments.
- Pre-arranged school-sponsored activities, such as field trips.
- Absences which, according to the discretion of the principal, or his/her designee, after consulting with the parent, guardian, or adult student, may be deemed appropriate but not covered in the above-stated instances for a maximum of five days.
In order for an absence to be excused, parent/guardian(s) or adult student must communicate an excuse statement to the school according to the school’s submission guidelines.
*Please click here for a Pre-arranged absence form
In accordance with RCW 28A.225.010, after two unexcused absences within any month a conference will be held between the parent, student and principal or designee for remediation/problem solving.
No later than the student’s fifth unexcused absence in a month the district will enter into an agreement with the student and parents/guardians that establishes school attendance requirements. The district will file a petition and affidavit with the juvenile court alleging a violation of RCW 28A.225.010.
If the above action fails to correct the attendance problem, the following truancy petition procedure will apply only to students under the age of eighteen:
No later than the seventh unexcused absence within any month during the current school year, or upon the tenth unexcused absence during the current school year, the district will file a petition with the juvenile court alleging a violation of RCW 28A.225.010 by the parent, student or parent and student in accordance with the direction given by the juvenile court and the prosecuting attorney’s office.
Students are expected to be in class on time. This means that students are expected to be in their classrooms, in their seats, and ready for class at the beginning of the class.
Secondary students: When a student’s tardiness becomes frequent or disruptive, the student may be referred to the principal or counselor and may be subject to corrective action. Each school may determine at what point in the class a tardy turns into an absence.
Elementary students: Every three unexcused tardies will equal an unexcused absence. These unexcused absences will be treated like all other unexcused absences.
Students are expected to remain in class until the end of the class. This means that students are expected to be in their classrooms, engaged in the learning, until the students have been dismissed by the teacher. Secondary students: When a student leaves class or school early without permission or it becomes frequent or disruptive, the student may be referred to the principal or counselor and may be subject to corrective action. Each school may determine the point in the class at which the early release turns into an absence.
Elementary students: Every three unexcused early releases will equal an unexcused absence. These unexcused absences will be treated like all other unexcused absences.
All sanctions imposed for failure to comply with the attendance policies and procedures will be implemented in accordance with state and district regulations regarding corrective action or punishment consistent with Policy 3421 and Procedure 3241P (Classroom Management, Corrective Actions or Punishment)
Loss of Credit
High school or middle school students taking classes for high school credit with excessive absences in a semester may be subject to loss of credit for that class. Absences caused by a student’s observance of established religious holidays, student’s participation in school-sponsored activities, or out-of-school suspension shall not be counted among the absences. Principals considering imposing loss of credit must confer with the Supervisor of Pupil Management prior to imposing a loss of credit.