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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Parent Attendance Letter

Per RCW 28A.225.005, each school within a school district shall inform the students and the  parents/guardians of the students of the importance of regular attendance for school success and the potential effects of excessive absenteeism.After reading the letter in its entirety, please return to your online enrollment application, and indicate that you have reviewed and accept the information outlined in the “Parent Attendance Letter”.

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Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

Washington State School districts are required to provide families with the following information on a yearly basis.  Please read the following:

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED BY STATE LAW

  • State law requires children from age 8 to 17 to attend school. 

  • Children that are 6- or 7-years-old, who are enrolled in school, must also attend school.

  • Youth who are 16 or older may be excused from attending school if they meet certain requirements.  If you would like to discuss these requirements, please contact your student’s counselor.
  • If your child is going to be absent, please contact your student’s school office.

SCHOOL’S DUTIES UPON A STUDENT’S ABSENCES

  • If your child has three unexcused absences in one month, state law (RCW 28A.225.020) requires we schedule a conference.
  • In elementary school after five excused absences in any month, or ten or more excused absences in the school year, the school district is required to contact you to schedule a conference.  A conference is not required if your child has provided a doctor’s note, or pre-arranged the absence in writing,  and plans are in place so your child does not fall behind academically.
  • If your child has seven unexcused absences in any month or fifteen unexcused absences within the school year, we are required to file a Petition with the Juvenile court, alleging a violation of RCW 28A.225.010, the mandatory attendance laws.  You and your child may need to appear in Juvenile Court.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Attending school on time, all day, every day will give your child the best chance of graduating from high school.
  • Starting in kindergarten, missing on average just 2 days a month, whether excused or unexcused, makes it more likely that your child will not meet academic standards in math and reading by third grade.
  • By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school. 
  • 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 attendance is a better predictor of high school graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

  • Avoid appointments and travel when school is in session.
  • Keep track of your child’s attendance.  Missing 18 days a year (2 days a month) or more, excused or unexcused, could put your child at risk of falling behind.
  • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine as well as finishing homework and packing backpacks the night before.
  • Have a backup plan in place with family members, neighbors, or other parents for getting your child to school in case something comes up.
  • The exception is if your child isn't feeling well. If your child is sick they should stay home and you should contact the office to report your student as absent. Please, refer to When is a child too sick to go to school? This district website is updated regularly to reflect COVID developments and best practices from Public Health.

If you are struggling to get your child to school for any reason, we are here to support you and work with you towards possible solutions.  Please do not hesitate to contact your school to schedule a confidential appointment to discuss your family situation.