• ATTENDANCE POLICY

    Compulsory Attendance Law


    Parents of any child eight years of age and under eighteen years of age will cause such child to
    attend school and the child will have the responsibility to attend for the full time when school
    may be in session, unless the child is enrolled in an approved private school or is receiving
    home-based instruction. If a parent enrolls a child who is six or seven years old in a public
    school, the child is then required to attend and that parent has the responsibility to ensure that
    the child attends school while it is in session.

    Exceptions may be granted by the superintendent for children who are fifteen years of age or older
    if the child has the following circumstances:

    •      The student is physically or mentally unable to attend school:
    •      The student is attending a residential school operated by the Department of Social and
    Health Services;
    •      The student’s parents have requested a temporary absence for purposes agreed to by the
    district and which will not cause a serious adverse effect on the student’s educational process;
    •      Upon approval by the student’s parent for a reason of faith or conscience, or an organized
    activity conducted under the auspices of a religious denomination, church, or religious
    organization for up to two days per school year without any penalty;
    •      The student is sixteen years of age, regularly and lawfully employed and either has parent
    permission or is emancipated pursuant to
    R.C.W. 13.64;
    •      The student has met graduation requirements;
    •      The student has received a certificate of educational competence (GED).

    Any law enforcement officer authorized to make arrests can take a truant child into custody without
    a warrant and must then deliver the child to the parent or to the school.

    The district will not require enrollment in coursework which exceeds the enrollment time necessary
    for a student to meet established course, credit and test requirements for high school graduation.

    Excessive absences could result in violation of the State’s Truancy Law RCW 28A.228.020. Students
    deemed truant will be referred to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s office.

    EXCUSED ABSENCE
    Absences will be marked excused when cleared by a parent/guardian phone call (253-373-7381), email,
    fax, written note with a signature, or an office visit within twenty-four hours of a student’s
    absence. If parent or guardian excuses are received past the 24 hour limit, a code of “NC” will be
    posted to the student’s attendance record and teachers will not be required to assign or accept
    make up work from that student for the day in question.

    The only legal reasons for an absence from school are illness, medical/dental appointments or
    observance of religious holidays. Make-up work will be provided by teachers for excused absences at
    the request of the student or parent/guardian. The student will be afforded credit for make-up of
    any class work missed.

    TRUANCY (UNEXCUSED ABSENCE)
    A student is considered truant from school or class if s/he is absent without the knowledge and
    consent of the parent or guardian and/or when s/he
    leaves class or campus without proper authorization. Truancy is in violation of state law.
    Truancies are reported to the Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction on a monthly
    basis.
    Violators are subject to disciplinary action. Furthermore:
    •      Truant students will be assigned detention.  Violators will be referred to an Assistant
    Principal or designee for discipline.
    •      First Truancy—Two hours of detention for each period truant.
    •      Repeated truancies are deemed defiance of school authority and failure to respond to a
    reasonable request and, therefore, subject to suspension.
    • Students who are habitually truant will be suspended or expelled from school. In such cases a
    parent/guardian is notified of continued truancies, and a conference will be held with the
    Assistant Principal prior to disciplinary action.
    •      Students who are truant more than three periods in one day shall fall under the Becca Bill
    guidelines.

    BECCA BILL
    Under the guidelines of Senate Bill 5439 (commonly referred to as the BECCA Bill), Kent School
    District is required to track and report truancies. An
    additional requirement of the law is that the school district files a petition in juvenile court
    for any student who has seven unexcused absences in a month or ten unexcused absences in a school
    year.

    PROCEDURES RETURNING FROM AN ABSENCE
    Students who have been absent from school must check into the Attendance Office upon their return.
    Students will not be readmitted to first period
    class without an admit slip. To obtain an admit slip to first period or any period missed, students
    should follow these guidelines:
     •       Ask parent/guardian to call the school or send a written note, e-mail, or fax on the day
    of the absence or within 24 hours of the absence that includes the following information: student’s
    name, today’s date, dates of absence, specific reason for absence, and in the case of a written
    note, the parent/guardian signature.
     •       When the student returns, s/he is to check in at the Attendance Office for an admit slip
    to be presented to the teacher of the first period missed.
    If the absence remains unresolved for over 24 hours, the absence will be considered truancy and
    teachers will not accept work for those absences….

    EARLY DISMISSAL PROCEDURES

    Throughout the school year there may be unavoidable occasions that a student may have to leave
    early from school. We hope that parents will try to schedule doctor, dentist, and other important
    appointments before or after school. If a student needs to leave Kentridge early during school
    hours, we ask that the parent and student follow the following procedures:
    •      Student must bring a parent/guardian note, phone call, email, or fax to the attendance
    office to get an Early Dismissal Pass BEFORE leaving campus.
    •      Student and parent will agree ahead of time where to meet for pickup.
    •      Student will show the Early Dismissal (ED) pass to teacher at the beginning of the period
    that s/he will be leaving early.
    •      Student leaves at the time stated on the pass and meets the parent at the prearranged
    meeting place.

    LWOP (Leaving without a pass)
    Students violating the Early Dismissal procedure by leaving campus without first obtaining a pass
    may be referred to an Administrator for discipline.

    PREARRANGED ABSENCE
    Pre-planned absences of less than 20 days require only parental permission by way of a phone call,
    fax, email, or written note explaining the reason for
    the absence and the dates involved. Students are responsible for completing all assigned coursework
    from their absence. For pre-planned absences extending to or beyond 20 days, students and/or
    parent/guardians are required an appointment with an Administrator prior to the absences occurring.
    A student with 20 or more consecutive days of absences may be withdrawn.

    EXCESSIVE ABSENCES
    Good attendance is important to school success. WAC 180-40-235 and RCW 28A 600.030 establishes the
    responsibility for attendance at school as resting primarily with students. However,
    parents/guardians and the school share the responsibility for prompting and encouraging positive
    attendance habits in students. Therefore, the following policies and procedures are designed to
    help students develop and practice responsible attendance habits and increase their potential for
    academic and employment success.

    ATTENDANCE TRACKING PROCEDURES

    Attendance will be taken by the teacher each period of each class.  An absence is defined as
    missing more than ten minutes of a class.
    •      For each absence in a class, the Attendance Office via the “auto dialer” will call home.
    •      Monthly attendance letters are sent to parents for students with 3 or more unexcused
    absences.

    TARDINESS
    Students arriving after 7:45am should go directly to the attendance office BEFORE going to class in
    order to receive an Admit slip to class and have
    their arrival time documented.

    Students are expected to be in class on time and will be disciplined by the teacher and/or
    administrator for excessive tardiness. Excessive tardies will be cause for corrective discipline
    sanctions up to and including long-term suspension. Students arriving after 7:45 AM will be
    considered absent and must report to the Attendance Office to either submit a parent note or call
    the parent to clear the absence. An Admit Slip will be issued to the student indicating whether the
    absence has been excused or unexcused. Students who arrive more than ten minutes late without a
    note from a staff member or Attendance will be considered truant for that class.

    1st Tardy     The teacher will review expectation with the student.
    2nd Tardy    The teacher will assign 1 hour detention.
    3rd Tardy    The teacher will assign 2 hours detention.
    4th Tardy     Referral to the administration, will assign minimum of Wednesday School.

    At the fourth and for each subsequent tardy to class, the student will be referred to the Assistant
    Principal for corrective discipline and/or suspension from class.

    ILLNESS DURING THE DAY
    Except in medical emergencies, no student may report to the Nurse’s Office without a note from the
    teacher. Beds in the Nurse’s Office are reserved
    for emergencies and students with routine complaints will be returned to class. If a student is too
    ill to remain in class, every effort will be made to contact the parent and send him/her home.
    Students who know they are ill in the morning should remain at home. Parent contact must be made at
    the Nurse’s Office (In the event the Nurse’s Office is closed, the student should check out through
    the Attendance Office). No student may leave campus for illness without checking out through the
    Nurse’s Office or Attendance Office. Failure to do so may result in truancy.

    PARTICIPATION IN ACTIVITIES
    Any student participating in an activity shall be expected to attend a minimum of 4 classes on the
    day of the scheduled activity. Failure to comply with
    the attendance regulations will result in a student being declared ineligible and not allowed to
    participate in the next scheduled activity. An exception may be made when a coach or advisor makes
    specific arrangements for an individual case with the approval of the administration.

    EXTENDED ABSENCE

    If a student is confined to home or hospital and able to do school work, the arrangement for
    home/hospital service may be made by contacting your
    counselor at (253) 373-7349
     
    EIGHTEEN YEAR OLD STUDENTS
    Students who are eighteen years old may write their own notes only if they meet the following
    hardship conditions:
    •      The eighteen-year-old student lives on his/her own.
    •      The parent(s) of the eighteen-year-old are not able to write a note for the student
    (handicapped, limited English, frequently travels abroad). Students who are 18 years old and
    believe they meet these criteria need to apply for this privilege by obtaining an Attendance
    contract from the
    Attendance Office.  This contract must be signed by the parent/guardian.  The student then needs to
    contact his or her administrator for approval.
    A copy of this contract will be kept in the student’s attendance file if approved.

    Kentridge reserves the right to revoke an eighteen-year-old’s note writing privilege if the
    contract is not followed and/or the student is making inappropriate decisions around school
    attendance. If this occurs, the parent or legal guardian is expected to resume responsibility for
    excusing the student’s absences.

    GOOD NEIGHBOR POLICY
    Students should plan to arrive on campus and stay on campus in the buildings and courtyards during
    the school day.
    Students are not to linger or smoke before, during or after school in the following areas: along
    roads, street corners, neighborhood yards, parking lots, athletic fields, woods, or any area
    visible from the campus.  Failure to cooperate and support the good neighbor policy will result in
    school discipline
    and/or a citation from the King County or the Kent Police.

    JUNIOR/SENIOR RESPONSIBILITY

    Juniors and Seniors may apply for Junior/Senior Responsibility each semester through the Activities
    Office.  Approval will be granted if they:
    •      Have maintained a cumulative “C” (2.00) average through the second semester.
    •      Have no record of major disciplinary infractions the previous semester prior to the
    application.
    •      Have attained 11 or more high school credits (grades 9-12) at the end of the second
    semester.

    CLOSED CAMPUS AND LEAVING CAMPUS
    Kentridge is a closed campus. Students may not leave school grounds once they have arrived (even
    before first period) without permission. Permission
    to leave is granted only by an administrator or the school nurse or by parent permission.

    Students who have been absent should not be on campus unless they have checked into the Attendance
    Office. If a student has written or telephoned permission to leave, the Attendance Office must be
    informed prior to the student leaving, and the student must obtain an Early Dismissal Pass to show
    their teachers. With the exception of juniors and seniors on the Junior/Senior Responsibility list,
    students are not allowed to leave campus during lunch. For safety reasons, the areas off limits to
    students during the day include the parking lots, all playing fields, and surrounding grounds.
    Students violating this regulation may be referred to an administrator for discipline which may
    include suspension from school.