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 #3122 and #3122P regarding attendance and absences apply to all students; found at www.asd103.org.  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 phone call to families will be attempted daily by an automated call out system to verify student absence unless the family contacts the middle school office by 8:30 a.m. and informs the school attendance clerk about the absence by phone (360-503-1248), email (tedwards@asd103.org), or a note to the attendance office.  FAMILIES MUST SUPPLY THE REASON FOR THEIR STUDENT’S ABSENCE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. 


EXCUSED ABSENCE
Caused by student illness, family emergency or similar unforeseen development (according to school district policies #3122 and #3122P).  Students are responsible for requesting make-up work.  Teachers will provide all make-up work during and/or after an excused absence.    

UNEXCUSED ABSENCE 
An absence that is not excused.  Students are responsible for requesting make-up work.  Teachers will provide all make-up work during and/or after these absences.    

PREARRANGED ABSENCE
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.  Families can request a prearranged approval form -- available in the Main Office or at ams.asd103.org -- in a timely manner. 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. 

OBTAINING MISSED CLASS WORK AFTER AN ABSENCE
Homework for specific teachers may be accessed on-line through Schoology, Skyward Family Access, or Google Classroom. 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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