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.
To report or inquire about an absence, please contact your student’s school. You can do so via Skyward Family Access, phone call, or other means as designated by your student’s school. For early dismissal (e.g., for a medical appointment), please ensure your student’s school has confirmed the absence request prior to your student’s departure.
To submit an absence request via Skyward Family Access, please follow the linked instructions:
Attendance and Truancy Frequently Asked Questions
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.
Here are some things to know:
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 Truancy:
Truancy is defined as a student subject to compulsory school attendance and who is absent without valid cause from such attendance for a school day or portion thereof.
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 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 are scheduled after five days of unexcused/ ten days excused absences.
In Secondary (grades 7-12), conferences are scheduled after five 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 representatives. 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.
For further details of our attendance policy please go here.
For more information about our district policy, procedures or state law requirements please contact:
P-181 OSPI Attendance Letter (English)
P-181 OSPI Attendance Letter (Arabic)
P-181 OSPI Attendance Letter (Russian)
P-181 OSPI Attendance Letter (Vietnamese)
P-181 OSPI Attendance Letter (Spanish)
P-181 OSPI Attendance Letter (Korean)