- What counts as an absence?
- How to excuse absences
- How to request an early dismissal
- How to excuse an extended absence in advance
- What happens if an absence is UNexcused
- Credit Review
- Tardies & Tardy Tank
September is Attendance Awareness Month!
Parents/guardians can help by encouraging students to start off the school year with a focus on being in school on-time, every day.
Shorecrest High School is here to support and encourage our students to succeed! Regular attendance plays a big role in creating a positive learning environment as well as helping students to thrive both in and out of the classroom. Parents and guardians can help by encouraging their students to develop habits of coming to school on time, every day.
Regular attendance and punctuality are crucial to success in high school; they are the most important factors in student achievement. Missing class can not only cause students to fall behind, but may also affect grades or keep students from receiving credit in a class.
Students and their parents have the responsibility for maintaining prompt and regular attendance as prescribed in the Compulsory Attendance Law RCW 28A.225.
Read more about the importance of attendance in the learning environment and what you can do to help here.
Please contact the Attendance Office if you have any questions about our policy or your students attendance!
If calling the Attendance Office, please do NOT call the main office. Call the Attendance Office directly at (206)393-4294.
What counts as an absence?
- Being up to 10 minutes late is a tardy. Students do not need to check in at the Attendance office, but should go straight to class.
- Being more than 10 minutes late is considered an absence. Students should check in at the Attendance Office for a pass to enter class.
How to excuse absences:
- Contact the attendance office by email, phone call/voicemail, or sending a note into school with your student, which they should bring to the attendance office.
- If you are calling in to excuse an absence, please directly call the attendance office, NOT the main office. The number for the attendance line is (206)393-4294.
- Voicemails can be left at any time and are checked regularly.
- Include the student's full first and last name as well as the date, time, and reason for the absence.
- You only have 2 school days to excuse an absence after the absence occurs.
- Students who are 18 years or older can excuse their own absences ONLY if they pick up a form from the attendance office and return it with a parent/guardian signature.
How to request an early dismissal:
- You can follow the same procedure for excusing an absence, but contact the attendance office at least 2 hours before your student needs to be dismissed.
- This is to ensure we have enough time to get a pass to your student so they can leave when they need to with minimal disruption to that classroom.
- Your student can pick up their early dismissal pass directly from the attendance office before school, during nutrition break, or during lunch.
- If your student is picking up their pass, they MUST either have a note from a parent/guardian, or the parent/guardian must have already called/emailed the details of the early dismissal.
- Students will not be permitted to leave campus without prior contact with a parent/guardian about their early dismissal.
How to excuse an extended absence in advance:
- Students should pick up an Advanced Notice of Absence Form from the attendance office. Once the form is completed and signed by the student's teachers and parent/guardian, the student returns the form to the attendance office BEFORE their extended absence.
What happens if an absence is UNexcused:
- Each time your student has an unexcused absence, we notify you via automated phone calls and emails on the day your student is absent.
- We notify twice a day — a robo call and email go out at 11:15am. A robo email is sent out at 5:15pm.
- Parents are expected to contact the Attendance Office with any questions, concerns, or excuses within 2 school days.
- Consequences for accumulating absences:
- As a means of instilling values of responsibility and personal accountability, a student whose absence is not excused will experience the consequences of his/her absence. A student’s grade may be affected if a graded activity or assignment occurs during the period of time when the student is absent.
- If a student accumulates 2, 5, 7, or 10 days of unexcused absences in an academic school year, a Truancy letter will be sent home. See the Truancy section below for more details.
- If a student accumulates 9 or more absences (excused AND unexcused) in a single class period, they may be at risk for losing credit in that class and would need to apply for credit restoration. See the the Credit Review section below for more details.
- Letters will be mailed home at intervals of 2, 5, 7, and 10 days of unexcused absences from school. These absences do not have to be consecutive and are counted throughout the school year.
- A day is counted if the student misses the majority of the school day.
- According to Washington State truancy laws (RCW 28A.225) after seven (7) unexcused absences in one month, or ten (10) in one year, school districts must file a “truancy petition” alleging a violation of the law by the student, by the parent, or by both.
- According to the State of Washington, an unexcused absence is student nonattendance for more than 50% of the student’s school day. This nonattendance has not been approved by a parent/guardian through the attendance office within 2 school days.
- We strongly encourage the parent/guardian to contact the attendance office to schedule a conference with an administrator to develop strategies to eliminate student absences when a student has reached two (2) unexcused absences in a one-month period.
- If a student reaches 9 or more absences (excused AND unexcused) in a single class period in a semester, they may be at risk for losing credit in that class.
- School-related absences such as field trips, atheletic trips, being in the nurse's office/counseling, etc. do not count toward the 9 absences.
- Students will be notified if they will need to complete the credit review process towards the end of the semester.
- Students must be passing the class in order to apply for credit restoration.
Tardies & Tardy Tank
As a school, we want students to know and learn the value of being on time, the expectation of being ready to engage, and of honoring the professional relationship between teacher and student. It is critical that students practice and learn the habits and life lessons of punctuality and commitment because they are essential as students move onto college, a career, and life as a part of a larger community. As a school dedicated to educating young people, students deserve a clear, consistent practice.
- When a student is tardy, they do not need to report to the attendance office. Their teacher will mark them as tardy.
- When students accumulate 5 tardies (regardless of what periods the tardies are in), they are assigned to Tardy Tank
- Tardy Tank is an after school make-up/study hall session, 2:45-3:30, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, in room 250.
- Students should be making up their tardies as soon as possible.
- Students should be making up their tardies as soon as possible.
- Each session of tardy tank excuses 5 tardies.
- At 5 or more tardies, students will not be allowed to attend/practice/play in after school activities/sports.
- At 10 or more tardies, students will not be allowed to attend SC evening events (games, dances, performances).
When you excuse, please tell us the reason for the absence.
According to district policy #3122 the following are valid excuses for absences:
- 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
The school principal (or designee) has the authority to determine if an absence meets the above criteria for an excused absence. A parent/guardian not satisfied with the principal determination may appeal to the superintendent/designee for further consideration.
School related activities which require a student to miss class time will not be counted as part of the absence total for the quarter/semester. The student shall be permitted to make up missed assignments under reasonable conditions and timelines set forth by the teacher in the course expectations. A student’s grade may be affected because of the student’s inability to make up the specific activities conducted during a class period (see individual course expectations). District policy 3122 allows a student a minimum of one make-up day for each day of absence.
Last Updated: August 2017
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