Attendance Policies

If Your Child is Absent please call us at 253-373-2124 anytime, day or night. Thank you!
 
Arrival Time is 9:10 a.m.
 
Students walking to school or being brought by their parents should not arrive earlier than 9:10 a.m. There is no playground supervision before this time. School starts at 9:30 a.m. for all students in grades K through 6. Afternoon ECE begins at 1:00 p.m.
 
Late Arrival
 
Students are considered tardy if they arrive after 9:30 a.m. Students arriving late should be accompanied to the office by an adult and sign in before proceeding to class. Reporting to the office and signing in ensures your child's safe arrival. Students who are continuously tardy will have a letter sent home regarding the tardiness. Please call the office before 9:30 a.m. to report a late arrival.
 
Dismissal Time is 3:38 p.m.
 
Good attendance is important for school success. The Kent School District recognizes regular, punctual attendance as essential for satisfactory school progress. However, a student should not be sent to school if he/she shows signs of illness. If a child becomes ill at school, a parent will be called to pick up the child from the health room. When the cold and flu season is here, absences increase. If your student needs to stay home ill, please call the office to report the absence!
 
If your child is absent and we have not heard from you, we will attempt to reach you at home and work numbers. If we do not hear from you, the absence will be UNEXCUSED. Report your student's absence by calling 253-373-2124 anytime!
 
What You Need to Know About the Becca Bill
 
The Juvenile Justice Act of 1977 decriminalized running away from home and established residential centers to care for young runaways. There hasn't been room in all the facilities to care for the children, leaving many out of control youths living on the streets, at risk of victimization and criminal involvement. 
 
To address this problem, the Becca Bill was created by Governor Mike Lowry and Attorney General Christine Gregoire. The Becca Bill is named for a young Tacoma girl who was murdered while living on the streets. The purpose of the bill is to "empower parents to help their children when they have run away or when their child's substance abuse or mental health problems place them in serious danger of harming themselves or others." One aspect of the bill requires that all school districts track the number of student absences and notify parents when their children have violated attendance procedures.
 
Basic Guidelines for the Kent School District
 
After one unexcused absence, the parent or guardian must be notified. An unexcused absence means that a student has failed to attend the majority of classes in an average school day and that the parent has not excused the absence by providing a note or informing the school by phone within 48 hours. After two unexcused absences, the school must make personal contact with the parent or guardian. By the fifth unexcused absence in a month, the school enters into an agreement with the student and parent/guardian that establishes school attendance requirements; or file a petition with the juvenile court alleging a violation. By the seventh unexcused absence in a month or the tenth unexcused absence in a school year, if actions taken by the school are not successful, the school district is required to file a petition with the juvenile court alleging a violation.
 
Parents who fail to get their children to school may be fined $25 a day or sentenced to volunteer in the child's school. Fines shall be used exclusively to enforce this law. Children who refuse to return to school can be found in contempt of court and sentenced to community service or a week in juvenile hall. Documentation of attendance violations shall be reported annually to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
 
What can parents and guardians do? 
 
If you are concerned about your child's attitude toward school and about his/her attendance record, contact your child's teacher, counselor and/or school principal. With the combined insights in your child's needs and interests, we can work together to design an individualized plan to help your child stay in school.