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Attendance Policies


The Compulsory Attendance Law of the State of Washington demands a great deal of accountability from schools and parents regarding student attendance. A section of this legal code, known as the “Becca Bill”, requires us to improve school attendance and reduce unexcused absences and tardies.


Under district policy, an excused absence is one in which the parent, by phone call or note, presents a valid reason for non-attendance. Absences should be avoided unless caused by the following acceptable reasons for an excused absence:


  • Medical, dental, or other appointment that cannot be scheduled before or after school
  • Recognized religious observance
  • Family emergency or event such as a funeral or birth
  • A prearranged absence which the principal approved in advance, e., out of town travel.

Upon receiving notice of unexcused absences the District will contact parents in writing and schedule an attendance conference. The school will work with families to support their efforts to improve attendance.


An excused tardy must meet the same general criteria as an excused absence.

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