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 253-373-7455 anytime!
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.