Attendance Information

Regular and punctual attendance is required for success at AMS. We expect all students to achieve at very high levels through positive engagement in classroom learning activities.

School district policies #3121 and #3122 regarding attendance and absences apply to all students.  In addition, the Compulsory School Attendance law of Washington State requires that all AMS students attend school regularly and that they be punctual. Teachers report attendance each period, and attendance history is kept in the office by an Attendance Officer. In the event a student does not attend regularly without appropriate reason, a truancy petition about the student’s absences must be filed with the Skagit County Juvenile Court Administrator.

A parent telephone contact will be attempted daily by an automated call out system to verify student absence unless the parent calls the middle school office by 8:30 a.m. and informs the school attendance clerk about the absence at (360) 293-1230. P
arents must excuse their student’s absence within 48 hours of their return to school. This may be done by phone, email, or a note to the attendance office.

Caused by student illness, family emergency or similar unforeseen development.  Teachers will provide all make-up work during and/or after an excused absence.  Failure to complete make-up work as directed by the teacher(s) may result in lowered grade status in one or more classes.  Students are responsible for requesting make-up work.

Caused by truancy or other non-illness.  Teachers are not required to give academic credit for work missed during an unexcused absence. Thus, schoolwork missed during an unexcused absence will usually result in lowered grade status in one or more classes.

Caused by students missing school to accompany his/her family on vacations or similar activities.  Families must get prior approval from principal before absence in order for absence to be considered excused.  A prearranged approval form is available in the Main Office.  Students should also contact teachers well in advance to obtain assignments.  Securing and completing class work missed due to a prearranged absence is solely the student's responsibility.  Failure to complete make-up work as directed by the teacher(s) may result in lowered grade status in one or more classes. A student's quarter and/or semester grades may be adversely affected by a prearranged absence in cases where class work cannot be made up due to the nature of the learning activities missed, the closing of a grading period, or like reason.

By law, schools must file truancy petitions with the courts on students who have 7 unexcused absences in a month or 10 unexcused absences a year. 

If excused absences last several days, call the school to arrange to collect make-up work. Homework for specific teachers may be accessed online and/or checked using Family Access. See the Counseling Office for a password. When requesting homework through the office, the request needs to be made by 8:30 a.m.  The assignments will be available for pick-up after 2:35 p.m. of the same day.  It is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements to make-up all missed work, including labs.

Students are not allowed to loiter in the halls and then run to class. Passing time is intended to provide for an orderly move from one class to another. Students who are late to class without an excuse can expect to be assigned lunch detention by the Vice-Principal after every third tardy. Students who arrive late to school are to report to the office for an admit slip. Students who present a written note from a parent explaining the tardiness will be issued an excused tardy, but can be assigned detention.

A written request, phone call, or email must be relayed to the Main Office stating the time of dismissal requested and the reason the dismissal is needed. Early dismissals are often used for doctor or dentist appointments. Notes should be taken to the office before school on the day the dismissal is desired.  Please note that we will release students only to individuals (parents/guardians) that have been listed on their child’s emergency card.

Contact Teresa Edwards at the AMS Attendance Office at (360) 293-1230.

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