Attendance Policies

What do I do if my child is going to be absent or late to school?
We have a 24-hour voice mail system to report students’ absences. Simply call 425-431-7864, extension 1 before 9:00am. You must give a reason for the absence. If a student is tardy (arriving after 8:40am) they must come to the office to get a tardy pass before going to class.

Attendance Policy

Much of the teaching starts at the beginning of the day, and even a five minute tardy can disrupt the student's learning as well as the rest of the class' learning. Students who are in class everyday on time become more familiar with the information that is being taught. Regular attendance is important for students to reach their full academic potential. Listening to the teacher and hearing classmates discuss ideas every day helps your child learn because the brain absorbs information best through repetition and interaction. Repeated absences can cause not only academic struggles but also social isolation from peers. Absences can also affect the child's progress and performance on tests and assessments. In addition, it is imperative that regular attendance be expected because patterns that are set in elementary school also carry into older grades and eventually into the workplace. It is the responsibility of the child's parent or guardian to ensure the child attends school on time every day.

To report absences call 425-431-7864 and press 1 for the attendance line before 9:00am. This line is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year. You must give a reason for the absence! If your student is absent consecutive days please call each day. For additional information regarding when students should return to school after an illness please see the Health section of this website.

Students arriving to school after 8:40am must come to the office for a tardy pass because they have already been marked absent by their teacher. They will be asked to give a reason for begin tardy.

District policy states that absences and tardies are excused ONLY for personal illness or injury, doctor/dental appointments, and participation in religious holidays. In order to receive excused status for an absence, a request from the student’s parent/guardian must be made within two (2) school days following the student’s return to school.

Absences may also be prearranged by written request when parents have advance knowledge of a pending absence. If your child has a chronic health condition that will impact school attendance, please let us know so that we may discuss your particular situation. Family trips may also be excused with prior written notice and arrangement. Please notify BOTH the student’s teacher and the office of any plans to be gone.

  1. What is the "Becca Bill" and how might it affect me?

The short answer is this: The bill, which is now law (W.A.C. 180-40-010), is designed to ensure that all students of school age attend school regularly and on time. Every child in our state has the right to a free public education. It is the responsibility of the child's parent(s) or guardian to ensure the child attends school regularly and on time. If a child accrues absences or tardiness, or combination of each, beyond what is allowed it may result in the school's right and responsibility to initiate the Becca Bill. Of course, there are instances where a child is genuinely ill or involved with a health crisis. The information below explains our protocol in those instances.

Protocol for Excused, Prolonged Health Related Absences.

In conjunction with the school nurse, in-building BECCA coordinator and the office staff, Cedar Way Elementary (CWE) School has adopted the following protocol for excused, prolonged health related absences.

If a student develops a persistent pattern of excused absences across multiple days or sporadically across weeks and months CWE will request a signed doctor’s note providing the following information:

  • Diagnosis or illness/condition preventing student from attending school
  • Date seen in the office
  • Anticipated prognosis including the date of return to school
  • Signature from doctor
  • Signature from parent attesting to doctors statement as the student is a minor

The school has the right to not excuse patterns of absences (even with parent notes) perceived as excessive and inhibiting a students’ access to their academics and at such times will contact the family and request written doctor’s note/statement. If parents do not provide doctor notes, or if the doctor note does not provide the above information, the absences will be coded as “unexcused”, and be subject to the same Becca policies and procedures as other unexcused absences.

Please be aware that 3 tardies are the equivalent of one unexcused absence. Therefore, after 6 tardies a letter will be sent home regarding the BECCA process.

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