Got only a minute? (then read these five key points.)
- Excuse your student's absence to avoid truancy. (Excuse via email is recommended)
- You have just 48 hours to excuse an absence.
- Missing more than 10 minutes of class is considered an absence.
- Up to 10 minutes late is a tardy (tardies are not excused.)
- Need an early dismissal? Send a note with your student, if possible.
Got more time?
Each time your student absent, if not excused, we notify you via automated phone calls and emails on the day your student is absent.
We notify twice a day — in the morning and in the afternoon. If you excuse after 9:00 a.m., we may not have had enough time to execute your request for the morning notification.
If you don't excuse and the absences accumulate, the school district must file a "truancy petition" with the juvenile court after 7 days of unexcused absences in a month or 10 days of unexcused absences in an academic year. Exception: Period 10 (Highlander Home) and Period 11 (Targeted Intervention) are not credit earning classes and not part of the truancy. There is no need to excuse. However, if you choose to excuse with a valid reason, you may do so.
When you excuse, please tell us the reason for the absence.
The following are valid excuses for absences (School Board Policy #3122):
- Participation in a district or school approved activity or instructional program
- Illness, health condition or medical appointment
- Family emergency, including, but not limited to, a death or illness in the family
- Observance of a religious or cultural holiday
- Court, judicial proceeding or serving on a jury
- Post-secondary, technical school or apprenticeship program visitation, or scholarship interview
- State-recognized search and rescue activities consistent with RCW 28A.225.055
- Absence directly related to the student's homeless status
- Absence resulting from a disciplinary/corrective action
- Principal (or designee) and parent, guardian, or emancipated youth mutually agreed upon approved activity
Should I send a note, or call, or email?
Written form is preferred. Please do not duplicate your message.
Tardy vs Absence
Up to 10 minutes late, is a tardy. No need to check in at the Attendance Office.
More than 10 minutes late, is considered an absence at Shorecrest, and should check in at the Attendance Office for a pass to enter class.
What information should be on the note to excuse an absence?
How should I request an early dismissal?
Please send a note (or better yet Early Dismissal Request form) to the attendance office with your student. Here's how it works: When your student brings a note to the Attendance Office, an early-dismissal pass is given to your student immediately. Your student then presents the pass to the teacher and leave at the requested time. This way we don't disrupt the class and you don't need to come in to pick up your student.
How can I check my student's attendance?
Please check your students attendance in Family Access.
Do not use DATA DASHBOARD because it's inaccurate.
Use your LOGIN and PASSWORD to access.
What if the teacher marked my student absent but he/she was in class?
Please contact the teacher.
Note: If your student misses more than 10 minutes of class, it's an absence.
How do I excuse a student in advance for missing 3 days or more?
Student should complete an Advance Notice of Absence form — available in the Attendance Office also. This is a good way to notify both the attendance office and the student's teachers.
How can I grant my 18+ year old student to excuse his/her own absences?
Your student should pick up a form from the Attendance Office.
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