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Attendance Information

Regular school attendance is crucial for your child’s success.  Teachers develop lessons that focus on much of the learning taking place during class.  Everyday your child is absent makes it difficult for him/her to learn the content they need to be successful.  

What Washington Laws Says When your student acquires three unexcused absences, a meeting will be scheduled with an administrator, parents/guardian and the student, to discuss the reasons for unexcused absences and to put a plan in place for regular school attendance.  At five days of unexcused absences, parents/guardian and the student will be assigned to the Community Truancy Board.  When seven unexcused absences accrue in one month or ten in one year, the district will file a petition with Skagit County Office of Juvenile Court. When your student reaches ten absences for any reason during the year, a meeting will be scheduled with an administrator, parents/guardian and the student, to discuss the reasons for absences and to put a plan in place for regular school attendance. 

If your child is absent from school, please call 360-503-1248 or email tedwards@asd103.org to report the reason for the absence, if possible the day of the absence.  For your convenience we have included the list of acceptable reasons for your student to receive an excused absence.  Any unreported absence or an absence that does not meet the criteria for an excused absence will automatically be an unexcused absence. A school principal or designee has the authority to determine if an absence meets the criteria for an excused absence. 

What Absences are Excused for 2020-2021 (changed from previous years)

--Illness, health condition or student's medical appointment
--Family emergency (ex: death or illness in the family or any unforeseen circumstances)
--Court, judicial proceeding, court-ordered activity, or jury service
--Absence directly related to the student’s homelessness or foster care/dependency status
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Absences related to deployment activities of a parent or legal guardian who is an active duty member
--Absences due to suspensions, expulsions or emergency expulsions if the student is not receiving educational services and is not enrolled in qualifying "course of study" activities
--Absences due to student safety concerns, including absences related to threats, assaults, or bullying
--Absences due to a student's migrant status
--An approved activity that is consistent with district policy and is mutually agreed upon by the principal or designee and a parent or emancipated youth
--Absences related to the student's illness, health condition, or medical appointments due to COVID 19
---Absences related to caring for a family member due to COVID-19
-Absences due to the student's parent's work schedule or other obligations during regularly scheduled school hours, until other arrangements can be made
--Absences due to the student's lack of necessary instructional tools, including internet broadband access or connectivity
--Religious or cultural purpose including observance of a religious or cultural holiday or participation in religious or cultural instruction

 

PRE-PLANNED ABSENCE Any reason for an absence that does not meet the criteria for an excused absence needs to be mutually agreed upon between an Administrator/Designee and the parent/guardian prior to the absence in order for the absence to be considered excused.  These absences could be as short as one day or pre-planned for more.  In these cases, you will need to fill out a Pre-Planned Absence Form  five (5) days prior to the planned absence/absences, or as soon as you make the plans.  Attendance records and student grades are taken into consideration when the Administrator determines if the submitted pre-planned absence will be excused.

Absences that do not receive pre-approval may potentially be recorded as unexcused.

STEP 1:  Please download this fillable PDF form.

STEP 2:  Fill out the information on the page.

STEP 3:  Save document with your CHILD’S NAME.

STEP 4:  Email form to Ashley King @ aking@asd103.org


OBTAINING MISSED CLASS WORK AFTER AN ABSENCE
Homework for specific teachers may be accessed on-line through Schoology, or Skyward Family Access.
. When requesting homework through the office, the request needs to be made by 9:30 a.m.  The assignments will be available for pick-up in the main office after 3:00 p.m. of the same day.  It is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements to make-up all missed work, including labs.

TARDINESS
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 can expect to be assigned lunch detention by the Office after every third tardy.

Students who arrive late to school are to report to the office for an admit slip.  If a student misses more than half the period, it becomes either an excused or unexcused absence.

 

EARLY DISMISSALS
A written request or a phone call (to 503-1230) 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 with a valid ID.



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