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Attendance- Report an Absence and Request Approval Form

We miss your student when they are gone and we value their contributions to our school. We would like you to help ensure that your student attends regularly and is successful in school. If your student is going to be absent, please contact Susie Johnson in the office at 206-393-4166 by 9 a.m. susie.johnson@shorelineschools.org

Please use this form when your child will have a planned absence that does NOT fall into the situations shown at the end of this form. You can find the complete Shoreline School District Attendance Policy (3122) on the districtwebsite.

PRIOR APPROVAL IS REQUIRED

Please send this form to our registrar, Susie Johnson, at least 14 school days prior to your planned absence. You can drop it off in our main office or email it to us at: susie.johnson@shorelineschools.org

 

Syre is making a special effort to ensure that all students fully benefit from their education by attending school regularly.  Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Your student can start building this habit in Kindergarten so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Consistent attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Starting in kindergarten, too many absences (excused and unexcused) can cause children to fall behind in school.  
  • Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) increases the chance that your student will not read or master math at the same level as their peers.  
  • Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.
  • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.  
  • Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.
  • By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school.  
  • By being present at school, your child learns valuable social skills and has the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with other students and school staff.  
  • Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with a bully or facing some other potentially serious difficulty.
  • By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.

WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU

We miss your student when they are gone and we value their contributions to our school. We would like you to help ensure that your student attends regularly and is successful in school. If your student is going to be absent, please contact Susie Johnson in the office at 206-393-4166 by 9 a.m. susie.johnson@shorelineschools.org

OUR PROMISE TO YOU

We know that there are a wide variety of reasons that students are absent from school, from health concerns to transportation challenges. There are many people in our building prepared to help you if you or your student face challenges in getting to school regularly or on time; Heidi Alexander, Dean of Students,  Erica Gonzalez, Family Advocate, and Heather Shickich, Counselor.  We promise to track attendance daily, to notice when your student is absent from school, communicate with you to understand why they were absent, and to identify barriers and supports available to overcome challenges you may face in helping your student attend school.

 

WHAT IS AN EXCUSED ABSENCE

The following are valid excuses for absences:

 

  • Participation in a district or school approved activity or instructional program;
  • Illness, health condition or medical appointment (including, but not limited to, medical, counseling, dental or optometry);
  • Family emergency, including, but not limited to, a death or illness in the family;
  • Religious or cultural purpose including observance of a religious or cultural holiday or participation in religious or cultural instruction;
  • Absence directly related to the studentʼs homeless status;
  • Absence resulting from a disciplinary/corrective action. (e.g., short-term or long-term suspension, emergency expulsion); and
  • 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.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

  • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine and follow it.
  • Prepare for school the night before, finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep.
  • Find out what day school starts and make sure your child has the required immunizations.
  • Don’t let your student stay home unless they are truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
  • Avoid appointments and extended trips when school is in session.
  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
  • Keep track of your student’s attendance.  Missing more than 9 days could put your student at risk of falling behind.  
  • Talk to your student about the importance of attendance.
  • Talk to your students’ teachers if you notice sudden changes in behavior. These could be tied to something going on at school.
  • Encourage meaningful afterschool activities, including sports and clubs.