• Attendance Matters

    Regular attendance is necessary for mastery of the educational program provided to students of the distrcit.  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 (Main Campus) or 425-831-8450 (Freshman Campus)  to excuse an absence within 48 hours. Upon arrival at school following an absence, students must get an admit slip at the Attendance Office designating whether the absence is excused or unexcused. Students are required to present this slip to each teacher for admission to class following an absence. If an absence is not cleared within 2 days, the student may be declared truant.  Make-up work is allowed for excused absences.  If you are 15 or more minutes late to a class it is considered an absence.
    • 1st unexcused absence, notify parent/guardian (by writing or telephone)
    • 2nd 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

    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.  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:  A note is required to let the school know about planned absences.  Planned absences are excused absences and count toward the 9 absence limit per semester.  A planned absence is a minimum of 3 days, a maximum of 5 days.

    Home Studies:  A Home Study may be requested when a student will be out of school for 3 or more days due to illness or accident. 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 and make-up work is allowed.

    Make-Up Work:  Students have an opportunity to get assignments during any excused 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.  Students should check your teachers’ course syllabi for detailed information regarding their make-up work policies. Following an excused absence, a student has the same number of days to complete work as he/she was absent, or as arranged with the teachers.  Following a suspension, students will have two days to complete make-up work for any class 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). These absences do not count toward the 11 absences allowed per semester.

    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 your student is absent, parents/guardians have 48 hours to excuse the absence.  If no excused absence is received the absence is recorded as unexcused and could lead to the filing of a BECCA Truancy Petition with King County.


     Attendance Secretary:  Bronwyn McDaniels