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3122 - Excused and Unexcused Absences

BOARD POLICY No. 3122

EXCUSED AND UNEXCUSED ABSENCES

Regular school attendance is necessary for mastery of the educational program provided to students of the district. Students are expected to attend all assigned in-person classes each day or participate in all assigned remote instructional activities. At times, students may be absent from class or not able to participate remotely. Educators and administrators have a responsibility to monitor absences to determine if students and families need support. School staff will keep a record of absence and tardiness, including a record of excuse statements submitted by a parent/guardian, or in certain cases, students, to document a student’s excused absences.

The superintendent/designee will develop procedures to accurately track and enforce excused and unexcused absences. Since the full knowledge and cooperation of students and parents/guardians are necessary to fulfill the district’s responsibilities under the attendance laws, these procedures will be disseminated broadly and made available to parents/guardians and students annually.

 

Cross References:
Board Policy 3120 - Enrollment
Board Policy 3230 - Student Privacy
Board Policy 3240 - Student Conduct Expectations and Reasonable Sanctions
Board Policy 3241 - Classroom Management, Discipline and Corrective Action
Board Policy 4218 - Language Access Plan

Legal References:
RCW 28A.225 Compulsory School Attendance and Admission
RCW 13.34.300 Relevance of failure to cause juvenile to attend school to neglect petition
WAC 392-400-325 Statewide definition of excused and unexcused daily absences for the 2020-21 school year

Adopted: July 16, 2002
Revised: February 19, 2019
Revised: June 15, 2021

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