Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT EWHS AND ESD ATTENDANCE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Q. What is an absence?
A. When a student is more than 10 minutes late to a class or does not appear in at least half of a class on a given day.

Q. How long do students have before to turn in a note to the attendance office to excuse an absence?
A. 48 hours from the time of their return to school – this is Edmonds School District policy.

Q. What is a tardy?
A. If is student is late to class, but not more than 10 minutes, then it is classified as a tardy.

Q. If a student is more than 10 minutes late, what should they do?
A. If it is their first class of the day, they should check in at the attendance office and go to class. If it is not their first class, they should go to class. If the absence is excused, turn a note excusing the absence in to the attendance office within 48 hours.

Q. What happens when students bring notes to excuse their absences?
A. After giving the note to the attendance office, students are issued an “excused absence” slip. Students then show these to their teachers. Teachers are not compelled to allow students to make up work missed during an unexcused absence.

Q. Can absences be excused by phone?
A. Yes, parents can call the Attendance Office at (425) 431-7919 to excuse a student or arrange for an early dismissal.

Q. What happens if a student turns in a note that is not really written by a parent or guardian?
A. A falsified - or forged – note will earn the student a minimum of a one day suspension from school.

Q. How are absences counted if a student is suspended?
A. Suspended days are considered excused absences by EWHS, the Edmonds School District, and the Becca Bill.

Q. If a student needs to leave school early, what do they do?
A. Students must check out at the attendance office before leaving campus. The attendance office must have contact with a parent in the form of a note or phone call to allow students to check out. If they do not check out, or if the parent is not contacted by staff, the absence CANNOT be excused.

Q. What are some common reasons for absence that the schools WILL NOT excuse?
A. Oversleeping, alarm failure (unless a power outage); travel which is not prearranged or a note turned in more than 2 days after returning to school.

Q. Who can I ask if I have other questions about school attendance?
A. The Dean of Students.

Q. Where is the Dean of Students’ office?
A. In the Attendance Office.

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