Attendance Policies

Regular, on-time attendance at school is important to student success.

• Supervision on the playground begins, and breakfast is served every day beginning at 9:10 am.
• Students can begin coming into their classrooms at 9:30 am.
• School starts when the bell rings at 9:35 am.  Students are considered late if they arrive after 9:35.
• In order to ensure the safety of students, other than students who are eating breakfast, students are not permitted in the building before 9:30 unless supervised by a parent.

Please report absences and late arrivals to the main office by telephone or email:
Main office telephone: 206-252-1300
Attendance line message only number: 206-252-1302
Attendance email: arwilson@seattleschools.org

Absences may be communicated after hours by leaving a voice mail message or by sending an email. The office follows up on unreported absences by telephoning parents/guardians. If we are unable to reach anyone, the absence is considered unexcused till confirmed otherwise. If your child is ill for more than three days or requires a medical leave, a doctor’s note may be required to excuse the absences. District policy requires that an attendance intervention meeting with the parent is set up after two unexcused or unreported absences.

After twenty consecutive unexcused absences, a student is withdrawn from the school roster.

Vacations and Educational Trips:
We would like to ask families to make every effort to schedule family vacations during school holidays.  In the rare cases when families are unable to do so, please report planned absences in advance using the form below which is submitted for approval to the principal. The school principal has the discretion of approving a maximum of 5 days per year as excused absences for educational trips and/or family events. In all instances, absences for vacations and/or educational trips in excess of five days per year will be marked as unexcused.  Click the link below to either download the planned absence form to your computer or to complete it online. Please send the completed form to arwilson@seattleschools.org or bring it to the office. The office also has hard copies available, if preferred.

Download: Planned Absence Notification form

Late Arrivals:
Students who come late to school should check in at the office first before going to class. Students may come directly to the attendance desk and check in. If possible, please call or email the office when your child is going to be late and bring a medical note when checking in if the late is due to a medical appointment. More than 7 unexcused late arrivals per term will result in a request for a parent/guardian conference.

Signing Out For Early Release:
For the security and safety of the children, please come to the office and to sign out students who need to leave early. The office will call into the classroom and make a request for the student. This is the teacher’s best assurance that the student is being picked up by an authorized person and that the office is aware that they are leaving the building. If someone other than a parent/guardian is going to be taking your child out of school early, please let the office know in advance.

Changes in Usual Student Pick up and Requests to Get Messages to Students
As a general rule, the office tries not interrupt teachers during instruction. If you need to get a message to your child during the school day, please contact the office directly.  Do not leave voice mail or email messages for teachers as they may not be received until after the instructional day.

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