Changes in Excused Absences

We can no longer accept “parent request” as an excuse for an absence.  The following are the only reasons for excused absences.

  • Participation in a school or district approved activity
  • Illness, health condition, or medical appointment -a doctor ‘s note will be required
  • Family emergency, death or serious illness in the family
  • Religious or cultural observance of a religious holiday or participation in religious or cultural instruction
  • Court or judicial proceeding
  • Absence directly related to the student’s homeless status
  • Absence related to military deployment activities of a parent or legal guardian who is an active duty member
  • Absence resulting from a disciplinary action
  • Principal (or designee) and parent, guardian, or emancipated youth mutually agreed upon approved activity provided that such excused absences shall not be permitted if deemed to cause a serious adverse effect upon the student educational progress consistent with RCW 28A.225.01

Please contact your school principal if you have any questions.

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Preplanned absences

Any family vacation must be pre-approved well in advance by a building principal.  Please submit a preplanned absence form at least three days before a preplanned absence.