Unexcused absences do not meet the above criteria for an excused absence and carry the following consequences:
- Students with unexcused absences for skipping class will meet with the school to enter an attendance agreement. Attendance in class is crucial to students making academic progress, and unexcused absences may be met with disciplinary consequences.
- After five unexcused absences, school officials will enter into an attendance agreement and plan with the student and parent.
- After seven unexcused absences in a month, or 10 in a year, the student will be referred to the district’s student welfare and attendance office, which is required to file a petition in juvenile court alleging a violation of Washington state’s mandatory attendance law.
If an absence/tardy is not called in, the student must check in with the attendance office upon arrival and bring a note by the following day or he/she will be considered truant. Truancy is missing class or school without permission.
A student is tardy when he or she enters the classroom after the tardy bell and within the first 15 minutes of class time. If a students arrives to class more than 15 minutes late or leaves class early without permission, teachers will mark a “V” in the attendance for that student to indicate that the student was very late. Teachers will address tardies with students, and students who are tardy to classes five or more times in one week will meet with school officials to create an attendance agreement and may receive disciplinary consequences.