Attendance Procedure Update

Attendance Procedures


Attending school each day is the first step in a student's success in school.  Recognizing the importance of school attendance, the state legislature revised our state law, RCW 28A.225, on compulsory school attendance.  Beginning March 27, 2017, the revised attendance procedures were implemented in all schools to have consistent attendance practices across the state.


Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the changes in the Attendance Procedures:


How does this change what I usually do to report my student's absences?


If you call our 24 hour attendance line and leave a voice message, you MUST also do ONE of the following:


  1. Send an email to and teacher, from the email account you have on file with us including all the required information.
  2. Or, send in a hand written note with all the required information on it to verify the absence.


What is "all the required information" I must send in writing?

  • Student Name
  • Student ID #
  • Teacher Name
  • Date(s) of the Absence
  • Reason for the Absence
  • Parent/guardian name
  • Parent/guardian signature
  • Phone number where the note can be verified


So, even though I call in an absence I still have to send in a written note?


Yes, you must send the required information in writing.