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Attendance

Attendance Contact Information

Attendance Secretary: Kathy Webb | kawebb@seattleschools.org

Phone: 206-252-9875    |  Hours:   8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

We miss your student when they are gone and we value their contributions to our school community. And, research has shown that attending school regularly and arriving on time helps students feel better about school—and themselves. When students improve their attendance rates, they also improve their academic prospects and chances of graduating on time.

Early Dismissals need to be excused in advance, send note/email by the morning of the day of the Early Dismissal.

To Excuse an Absence or Tardy contact the Attendance Office by email, written note, or phone call  within three school days . Please provide the date, student’s name, and legitimate reason.

Planned Absences of 2 or more days must complete a pre-arranged absence form .

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Absenteeism or tardiness, especially in the first month of school, can predict poor attendance throughout the school year.
  • The first 20 days of school are particularly important for establishing good attendance habits.
  • Missing 10% (or about 18 days) increases the chance that your student will not master course content at the same level as their peers.
  • Missing a single day in a block schedule is equivalent to missing 2 full days of instruction.
  • Absences can affect the whole class if the teacher has to slow down learning to help students catch up.
  • By being present at school, your student strengthens social skills and establishes habits that will transfer into the workplace.
  • Regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.

WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU

  • Reinforce the importance of attendance with students when school starts and throughout the school year.
  • Communicate with the staff at TCS about absences and any concerns.
  • Partner with TCS if your student is dealing with health concerns, transportation challenges, losing interest in school, struggling to complete assignments, or other personal challenges.

Note: Students living on their own need to contact their administrator to establish the attendance procedures.

Find out how your missed days affect your chances of graduating on time!
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Check your student’s attendance on the SOURCE

ALL CENTER SCHOOL BELL SCHEDULES SPS SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR

Attendance Procedures for Students

Students, it is your  responsibility to keep track of your attendance. You may look on The SOURCE for current attendance information.

You must excuse absences with a written parent note or parent email within 72 hours (3 days). Absences can be excused by phone/voicemail.

If you will be gone on a pre-planned event, make sure you fill out a Pre-Arranged Absence Form and have teachers sign this. Must be completed and submitted at least three days prior to the absence. The form is for absences of at least 2 days (use a note for shorter absences).

If you will be gone on a pre-planned event at the End of the School Year , make sure you fill out a  Pre-Planned End of School Year ONLY Absence Form  and have your teachers sign this agreement and return the completed form to your Attendance Secretary  at least three school days before your last day of school this year.

Note from Teacher – If you come from another classroom with a note, show the note to the teacher and then bring the note to the Attendance Office. This ensures that your absences will be excused. Teachers can only mark Absent or Late in the attendance system. They cannot excuse the absentor late status, only the Attendance Office can do this.

If you are more than 15 minutes late to a class, you will be marked absent.

Absences

All absences to school are unexcused until the parent/guardian contacts the school  by email, phone, or written note within three school days (72 hours) . Absences need to be excused within three days of student returning from their absence. See more info below for a special form for absences planned of 2 or more days.

Definition of an Absence

An absence is defined as any time a student misses more than fifteen (15) minutes of a given class period or any time a student is not at school or participating in a school-sponsored activity in lieu of attending school (e.g. on a field trip).

Excused Absences

  • Unplanned absences are excused when the student’s personal illness or injury, or the illness, injury or death of a family member prevents your child from attending school.
  • Absences due to short-term discipline of your child are excused.
  • Planned absences are excused when the parent submits a request to the Principal, Dr. Casey, at least three school days before the start of a planned absence. Planned absences may include, but are not limited to, medical appointments, religious events or holidays, educational trips or other special one-time events. Schools and parents/guardians are encouraged to develop educational plans for students to mitigate loss of instructional time caused by planned absences. To clarify the difference:
    • Going to another city, country or out of state to visit family or friends will not automatically be excused.
    • If the trip is to be considered educational there has to be a plan in place for what the student will learn, what educational activities are to be accomplished, and how the student will report on his/her learning when resuming school.
    • A trip for a wedding or other family event is not automatically excused nor are trips for the holidays that get extended because of the distance traveled.

Unexcused Absences

  • All other absences are considered unexcused , including absences caused by the student or parent oversleeping, student missing the bus, transportation problems, student needed for babysitting or translating for parents, student job requirements, disputes about student assignment, family vacations or trips during regular school days, etc.
  • Absences by long-term suspended or expelled students for whom space is available in the reentry program, but who do not enroll and attend, are unexcused.
  • Students entering a class more than 15 minutes after the scheduled start of class will be counted as an unexcused absence.

Definition of a Tardy

A tardy is defined as a student entering a class less than 15 minutes after it starts. Unexcused tardies must be recorded in the teacher’s roll book and in the Attendance Office.

  • When arriving late to school, students must get a tardy pass from the Attendance office and sign in to be admitted to class.
  • For late arrivals to be excused, a written excuse from parent/guardian is required within three (3) school days.
  • Students entering a class more than 15 minutes after the scheduled start of class will be counted as an absence.
  • Tardies may affect course grade and credit.

Forms and Information

  • Pre-Arranged Absence 2018-19 Form (2 or more days absent) pdf icon