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Student Attendance Information

Each Student Learning, Every Day!

Thank you for visiting our districts page dedicated to providing information about attendance and truancy. Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves.

Here at the district level we work on policies and procedures to help your student reach a 90% or better attendance rate. We know that supporting you in this goal will allow your student to reach their fullest academic potential.
Please contact your student's school directly if:

  • You need to report absences
  • You have a question about a letter or automated message you've received

If your child is experiencing difficulties getting to school due to health issues, homelessness, or lack of transportation please contact your school or the district office. 

If you have any other questions or concerns about your student's attendance, do not hesitate to contact you student's school, or district office.

Why does attendance matter:

Attendance habits begin in preschool, helping students learn early on that going to school on time, every day is important. Consistent attendance will help students do well in high school, college, and at work.
Students who miss school are not able to contribute to their classes, miss valuable instruction, and may drop out of school later and limit their future education and career opportunities.

What does Washington State Law say? 

Washington State Law requires all parents, guardians and Washington State residents with children between the ages of eight and eighteen to ensure those children are attending a public or private school. In addition, any children ages six and seven who have enrolled in school are required to maintain regular attendance.

Schools inform parent or guardian whenever the child is absent one day without excuse and inform the parent of the potential consequences of additional unexcused absences. Notification is usually conducted via our automated phone system.

What is the difference between chronic absenteeism and truancy?

Truancy is defined as when students miss school without a valid excuse.
Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing 10% of the school year. Missing just two days of school a month adds up to 18 days over the school year.

What to expect if you receive an attendance letter:

In order to effectively prevent habitual school absenteeism and impact to student learning the law requires schools to intervene early on. The district has adopted a policy that allows for students to receive the appropriate level of intervention. Schools will conduct attendance conference in groups or individually with families after a set period of absences.

In Elementary (grades K-6), conferences can be scheduled after three days of unexcused/ ten days excused absences.
In Secondary (grades 7-12), conferences can be scheduled after three days of unexcused absences.
During the attendance conference parent or guardian and students should expect to analyze the cause of the attendance problem and discuss steps to eliminate or reduce absences with a school representative.
Some types of school interventions may include the following:

  • Adjusting the Student's school program or school or course assignment.
  • Providing more individualized or remedial instruction.
  • Providing appropriate vocational courses or work experience.
  • Assisting the parent or child to obtain supplementary services that might eliminate or ameliorate the cause or causes for the absence from school.

Attendance resource:

For further details of our attendance policy please go here.

For further details on the state law please go here.
For clarification of attendance records or to excuse an absence please contact your school here.

For more information about our district policy, procedures or state law requirements please contact:

Karla Sanchez Bravo, MSW - Habla español

Phone: 425-431-7201

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