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    Attendance Information

    Students are expected to be in school and in class daily and on time. Punctual attendance is the first requirement for success – both here at Franklin and in life after graduation. Many of our teachers use instructional methods that require student participation; if students are absent, they miss out on that learning. Please note it is the guardian’s responsibility to excuse each absence; guardians need to notify the Attendance Office within two school days (48 hours) to excuse absences.

    Policies & Regulations:

    • What absences/tardies/early dismissals can be excused?

      Personal illness or injury, medical appointments, family emergencies, the illness, injury or death of a family member, religious holidays, or absences resulting from disciplinary actions and/or suspensions.

    • What happens if my child is tardy to class, arrives late or has an unexcused absence?

      If the tardy is NOT excused, your student will check-in to Rm 114 to receive a late pass before being admitted into class. If your student has an unexcused absence, your student will receive a notice to serve reflection time. The following matrix outlines consequences for unexcused tardies and absences.
    • The Attendance Office requires a note from your child's doctor if your child is absent due to illness or injury for an excessive number of days (5 or more school days) before excusing those absences.
    • If an absence is excused, students shall be permitted upon request to make up all missed assignments outside of the class under reasonable conditions and time limits established by the school and/or teacher.
    • What absences/tardies/early dismissals are unexcused?
      All other reasons are considered unexcused, including absences/tardies caused by the student or parent oversleeping/“late starts.”
    • Frequent and consistent tardies because of traffic will not be excused.
    • At the teacher’s discretion, a student may or may not be permitted to make up missed assignments or exams as a result of an unexcused absence. Further, a student’s unexcused absence may disallow their participation in extra-curricular activities.
    • How are absences/tardies/early dismissals excused?

    Students will need:

    • a note signed by the parent or guardian confirming his or her absence/tardy/early dismissal
    • an email from the parent or guardian confirming his or her absence/tardy/early dismissal
    • a phone call (made to the Attendance Office phone) from the parent or guardian confirming his or her absence/tardy/early dismissal
    • The Attendance Office requires the reason why your child is absent in your note, email or call. A parent's request to "excuse my child's absence" without a stated reason or with a reason that does not meet the criteria for excused absences will result in the child's absence remaining unexcused.
    • What is a "Truant Day"?
      A student is considered to be truant if he/she is without a valid excuse from classes for more than half of a school day without parent/guardian authorization. The missed periods do not have to be consecutive. According to Washington State truancy laws, the District is required to file a truancy petition against a student when the student has seven truant days in a calendar month or ten cumulative truant days in a school year.
    • When parents/guardians fail to comply with the Compulsory Attendance law, the parents/guardians may also be subject to a truancy petition filed with Superior Court.

    TARDIES and CONSEQUENCES

    Students will receive 2 tardies without an admin consequence. On the 3rd tardy, the following consequences will be administered:

    Number of Tardies Consequences
    3rd Tardy Serve lunch reflection time. A notice will be given to student and parent notified.
    4th Tardy Serve lunch reflection time and complete reflection form. Parent letter sent home and parent contacted by phone.
    5th Tardy Serve afterschool reflection time, student conference with attendance specialist.
    6th Tardy Serve reflection time, schedule conference with family to create an attendance action plan. Possible change of schedule, in-school suspension, and/or loss of privileges to school dances or activities.
    7 or more Tardies Serve reflection time, reconvene with family to review plan for adjustments, assign to attendance case manager to monitor progress. Possible change of schedule, in-school suspension, and/or loss of privileges to school dances or activities.

    TARDY CONSEQUENCES will start over at the beginning of each quarter. ABSENCES and CONSEQUENCES

    Number of Tardies Consequences
    1st Unexcused Absence Serve lunch reflection time and complete reflection form. If you are an athlete in an FHS sport and you are marked absent, you can be disqualified from competition.
    2nd Unexcused Absence Serve afterschool reflection time, complete reflection form, call parent and letter sent home.
    3rd Unexcused Absence Serve reflection time, schedule conference with family, complete Student Attendance Agreement. Possible loss of privileges to school dances or activities.
    4th Unexcused Absence Serve reflection time, reconvene with family including staff to review plan, possible schedule or placement change, assign to attendance case manager to monitor progress. Possible loss of privileges to school dances or activities.
    5 or more Unexcused
    Absences
    Serve reflection time, meet with family, loss of privileges, possible schedule or placement change.

    Students with seven unexcused absences in any month or ten unexcused absences within the school year and our supports and interventions haven’t helped to get student to school consistently, we are required to file a petition with the Juvenile court, alleging a violation of RCW 28A.225.010, Washington’s mandatory attendance law.

    Attendance Procedures for Students/Attendance Slips

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    Additional Links

    If you have specific questions about your student’s attendance, contact the Attendance Office at 206-252-6160

    Location

    1st Floor (Next to Commons)

    Office Hours

    Monday - Friday
    8:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

    Contact Info:

    Attendance Office
    206-252-6154

    Attendance Specialist
    Irene Garnica
    franklinhs.attendance@seattleschools.org