Regular and punctual attendance is important to your student’s progress. According to Washington State law, enrolled students eight years of age and above and their parents are responsible for ensuring the student’s daily attendance. Please help your student develop good attendance habits.
In order to maintain accurate attendance records, it is critical that parents either email PCMS Attendance, call the attendance office (425-837-5906) or write a note within 24 hours of a student’s return. In those communications, parents must do the following: Include parent name, student name (spell it if leaving a voice message), telephone number, the reason for absence, the date(s), and the length of the absence.
Absences that are excused include: illness/health, religious observances, school-approved activities, family emergencies, disciplinary actions as required by law, and family trips with prior principal permission. In case of absences, please notify the school before 7:30 a.m. and provide your child’s name and reason for the absence.
It is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements with each teacher upon returning to school after an illness. The student is responsible for completing missed work.
Unexcused Absences (truancies)
All absences that are not authorized by the principal, not excused from among the above reasons, or are the results of leaving school without checking out are unexcused absences. Failing to provide a note/phone call from parent/guardian to verify an absence on the day of the student’s return to school is also truancy. Students may not receive credit for a graded activity or assignment assigned or due during the time of absence nor must they be allowed to make up missed work.
Students arriving late for school or class for any reason not described as an excused absence will be counted as an unexcused tardy and subject to disciplinary action.
Partial Day Absences
Students requesting a partial day absence must check out through the Main Office before departure. Send your student in with a note stating the time/reason for leaving early. They will sign out first thing in the morning and receive a pass to leave class at the designated time. Contact with the parent/guardian will be necessary if a note from the parent/guardian is not available. Leaving school without signing out will result in disciplinary action for truancy even if the parent/guardian calls the school or provides a note to excuse the absence at a later time.
- Students who become ill at school must check out with the attendance office even if the health attendant speaks with a parent/guardian. Failure to do so could result in an unexcused absence and disciplinary action.
- Procedures outlined in the BECCA Bill will be followed as unexcused absences occur. RCW28A.225.010.
- Disciplinary action, in the form of after-school detention or Wednesday morning detention, will be assessed for all truancies.
- Requests for homework to be gathered from teachers will be sent to the Main Office to be available by 3 p.m. when a student is expected to be absent for more than three days because of illness or disciplinary action. Homework will not be gathered for students missing school because of truancy.
If you are planning a vacation that will take your student out of school for 3 or more days you must fill out a pre-arranged absence form. You can find this on our website under attendance. The student takes it around to all their teachers to sign, bring home for a parent’s signature, then back to the attendance office at least one full school week before the first absence. Teachers are under no obligation to prepare work ahead of time for any student going on vacation. The best way to keep up with what is going on in classes while they are gone is to check the teacher’s websites. If they will be gone less than 3 days, a call or note to excuse them before they go is acceptable.