Regular attendance is necessary for mastery of the educational program provided to students of the district. Laws of the state of Washington specify that parents have the primary responsibility for ensuring the attendance of their students at school. The law further states that students shall be regular and punctual in attendance. Please check the SVSD website here for more information on the district's attendance policies.
Absences: Students are to bring a note from a parent/guardian or have a parent/guardian call the school attendance line 425-831-8200 to excuse an absence within 3 days. If an absence is not cleared within 3 days, the absence will be declared truant. Make-up work is allowed for all absences.
- 1st unexcused absence, notify parent/guardian (by writing or telephone)
- 3rd unexcused absence in a month, parent notified (by writing or telephone)
- 5th unexcused absence in a month, parent meeting
- 10th unexcused absences in a year or 7th in a month, referral to community truancy board. A truancy petition will be filed with King County Juvenile Court.
Excessive Excused Absence (9 or more excused absences in a semester)
- 6 excused absences in a semester, parent notified (by writing or telephone)
- 9 excused absences in a semester, parent meeting. A doctor/physician note may be required in order to excuse the absences. A truancy petition may be filed with King County Juvenile Court.
Early Dismissals: UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES ARE STUDENTS TO LEAVE SCHOOL WITHOUT AN OFFICE-APPROVED EARLY DISMISSAL. Early dismissals must be approved in advance by calling the attendance line or by bringing a note from a parent or guardian. The Attendance Secretary will give the student a slip to dismiss him/her from class at the appointed time. This must be scheduled before school starts. If the student returns to school that day, he/she must sign back in on the master list in the Attendance Office. Failure to comply with regulations could result in an unexcused absence.
Planned Absences: Planned absences are excused absences. A planned absence is a minimum of 5 days. An excused absence request form must be filled out and returned to the Attendance Office prior to the absence.
Long Term Absences: A long term absence may be requested when a student will be out of school for 5 or more days due to illness or other emergencies. Students should check their teachers’ websites and email teachers for assignments. Students must complete make-up work as required by teachers.
Suspensions: Absences due to in-school suspension or out-of-school suspension are considered excused.
Make-Up Work: Students have an opportunity to get assignments during any absence. Assignments may be obtained during an absence by checking the teacher website and emailing the teacher. Students are ultimately responsible to make sure they have obtained and completed all missed work. Following an absence, a student has the same number of days to complete work as he/she was absent, or as arranged with the teachers. Please be advised that the only informational absences are for school-related activities, (e.g. field trips, ASB meetings).
Senior Skip Day: Senior Skip Day is NOT a school sponsored event and is not condoned in any way by the school administration. Students are expected to be in class and the absence will be unexcused if they are not present.
If a student is absent, parents/guardians have 3 days to excuse the absence. If absence is not excused by the parent/guardian, the absence is recorded as unexcused and could lead to the filing of a BECCA Truancy Petition with King County.