Heights Elementary Attendance Policy
Every day is an important day
for learning at HHES. Good attendance is a key tool in ensuring success in
school. Chronic absenteeism and tardiness in early elementary school has a
direct correlation to higher dropout rates in high school. Our attendance goal
at HHES is to ensure the safety of your student, identify any barriers that
could prevent them from attending school, and help them develop habits that
will benefit them in their future education and the workforce. Washington State
law requires enrolled students to attend school regularly and on time. The
attendance record becomes part of the student’s permanent file.
Attendance Guidelines are:
In the event that your child
needs to be absent from school, a call or signed note from the parent or
guardian is required by state law, and board policy, stating the days missed,
the reason for being gone. This note needs to be received by the attendance
office within 72 hours of their return.
To ensure student safety, you
will receive a phone call from the school when your child is gone and we have
not received prior notification. Please make sure your primary phone is listed
correctly and your voicemail is able to accept new messages.
Excused absences for illness
in excess of five (5) consecutive school days or seven (7) total per month are
deemed to cause a serious adverse effect upon the student’s educational
progress and therefore will need to be accompanied by a physician’s note to
continue to be excused.
Excused absences for family
or vacation in excess of five (5) consecutive days or seven (7) total per month
are asked to have a pre-arranged notice with the attendance office and teacher.
After five (5) excused
absences you may start to receive a letter concerning chronic absenteeism to
keep you aware of your student’s attendance record. Should absences continue
you may be requested to attend a conference with school administration to
create an attendance plan for your child.
Reasons for excused absences
Verified health care
Prearranged absence request
School related activities
Short term suspension
After two (2) unexcused
absences you may receive another phone call from the school concerning the
absences of your child. If not response is given, you may receive an Attendance
Alert Notification letter.
Reasons for unexcused
Submitting a signed excuse
which does not constitute an excuse absence as defined previously
Failing to notify the school
of your child’s absences by either a phone call, a signed note or a parent
entered request on Skyward Family Access
For absences 4 or more days
long, please fill out a carbon copy Pre-Arranged absence form with the
This form can be found in on
the front counter in both offices.
Please fill out section A and
turn it into the office. The office will forward the carbon copy it to the
teacher to be returned to the student
Attendance Office Contact information:
Location: Blue Office
360-448-6430 option 1
- * If you receive the answering
machine please state clearly your name, your students name, their teacher and
the reason they are missing school.
Attendance submissions can also be done online
at Skyward Family Access. Please contact the school or district office for your
Skyward Access ID.