EWHS Attendance Policy

Philosophy

Students, in cooperation with their parents, have the responsibility for establishing and maintaining prompt and regular attendance as prescribed in the Compulsory Attendance Law of the State of Washington (28A-225-010). Students are expected to be in school and in class daily. Punctual attendance is the first requirement for success both here and upon graduation. A large part of learning takes place during class discussions and participation. Many instructional methods are used that require student participation and if students are absent, they will miss out on learning and experiences that enhance their intellectual growth.

Guidelines

  • A student is considered absent if they arrive 10 minutes past the start of class.
  • Students with unexcused absences may not be given opportunities to make up work, nor extensions on assignment due dates. Therefore, consequences will be directly reflected in the assessment/grades on missed or late assignments. Teachers may make accommodations, as they believe best for a student in a particular case, based on the learning goals for that course and student.
  • Teachers will offer a student with excused absences additional time (one day for each day excused) to complete the work and/or alternative work to meet the learning goals. An absence does not excuse students from completing their work. Ultimately, it is the student’s responsibility to follow up with the teacher after an excused absence. (RCW 28A.600.030)
  • Students (not school personnel) are responsible for providing timely information in regards to absences for which an excused status is requested.
  • The school has the right to deny excuses for patterns of absences (even with parent notes) perceived as excessive and inhibiting a students’ access to their academics. At such times, the school may request that a written doctor’s note/statement be submitted to the school explaining the condition\diagnosis preventing the student from attending school and the anticipated date of return to school before excusing further absences.
  • Excessive unexcused absences will trigger the BECCA process.
  • In order to receive “excused” status for an absence, a written note or telephone notification from the student’s parent/guardian must be filed with school personnel within two (2) school days following the student’s return to school (NOTE – Individuals listed as emergency contacts are not allowed to excuse a student). Notes must be turned into the Attendance Office and will be kept in the student’s file. The attendance office phone number is (425) 431-7919.

Acceptable Excuses

Absences/tardies may be excused for the following reasons: (school-sponsored activities are not considered absences):

1. Personal illness or injury: In cases of extended illness or injury, a doctor’s confirmation may be required.

2. Medical or dental appointments. (Families should make every effort to schedule appointments before or after school hours.)

3. Absence resulting from participation in activities related to recognized religious holidays.

4. Other absences or tardies for reasons deemed appropriate by the principal or designee.

Prearranged Absences

  • Absences should be pre-arranged by written request when parents have advance knowledge of impending absences.
  • The necessary form for a prearranged absence can be obtained from the Attendance Office.
  • The criteria listed above will determine whether the absence/tardy will be excused.

Procedure for Homework Requests

When absent due to illness, our main concern is that our students regain their health. Students are encouraged to check Skyward, teacher webpages and/or email individual teachers directly for homework assignments. For extended absences beyond three days, a request for homework can also be made by contacting the attendance office. Upon returning to school, students are responsible for checking in with teachers in order to make up outstanding assignments.

Extenuating Circumstances

On occasion, extenuating circumstances beyond a student’s control may cause him/her to be absent from school for an extended period of time. At these times it is important for the student and parents to work closely with grade level administrators and/or counselors. Each situation will be handled on an individual basis.

Tardiness

Students are expected to be in their classroom seat and prepared to begin working when the tardy bell rings. Teachers will maintain records of student tardiness and will follow one (1) of four (4) policies; the particular policy in use for each class will be included in the course syllabus. Progressive discipline will be implemented by an administrator for habitual tardiness.

Early Release

 If it becomes necessary for a student to leave school for a scheduled appointment during instructional time, it is best to arrange this prior to the time of departure. Ideally, the student should bring a signed parent/guardian note to the attendance office prior to the first class of the day and obtain an early release slip. The student will then present the slip to his/her teacher and be released at the designated time.

An alternate method would be that the parent/guardian call the attendance office to request an early dismissal in the event a note can't be sent in a timely manner. Finally, if the need for a last minute early release becomes necessary, please call the attendance office and speak directly to the secretary at 425-431-7919 (attendance line) or 425-431-6175 (attendance secretary).

Truancy

Truancy, or any instance in which a student is absent from any class without either parent, teacher, or administrative permission, will be handled as a disciplinary matter.

“BECCA Law”

Consistent with RCW 28A.225.030, all students will attend and be punctual at regularly scheduled classes unless officially excused. The “BECCA Law” also requires the District to:

1. Schedule a conference with parents after the second unexcused absence/truancy in one month.

2. After the 5th unexcused absence/truancy in a month, enter into an agreement with a student and parent that establishes school attendance requirements. The School District shall file a petition after the 7th absence/truancy in a month or the 10th unexcused absence/truancy in a year).

3. Report to the court additional absences that occur after an order to abate truancy has been entered by the courts.

Family Trips

We ask that any trips be planned outside of school time. If a family trip must occur during school time, the following should be closely adhered to:

1. A student must bring a written request to the Attendance Office at least three (3) or more days prior to the absence.

2. At least one day prior to the absence, the student must return the prearranged absence form signed by all his/her teachers to the Attendance Office.

Tardies

Three (3) tardies in the same class will result in a detention. Failure to complete the detention may result in suspension. Detention may be served with assigning teacher or the attendance office.

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