Attendance Expectations

  • In accordance with RCW 28A.225.005, here are our attendance expectations.  Students are expected to be in school all day unless they are ill.  Washington State law only recognizes absences due to illness, religious holidays, medical or legal appointments, and funerals in the family.  Parents have the right to present reasons they believe are justifiable to the Principal for consideration of other absences. 

    All absences require a written note from parent or guardian stating the reason for the absence.  Emailed notes be accepted.  A note without a reason and date of absence is unexcused.  The note must include the student's full name, reason for absence, date(s) of absence, and parent/guardian signature.

    In order to comply with district regulations and state law, when a student has seven unexcused absences in one month or ten unexcused absences in one year, McKnight administrators will petition the Juvenile Court System to seek mandatory attendance by a student.  An unexcused absence is defined as any unauthorized absence from school.  Examples include, but are not limited to:

    1. Hair appointments
    2. Oversleeping
    3. Shopping
    4. Missing the bus
    5. Concerts
    6. Babysitting
    7. Failure to obtain private transportation to school
    8. Mechanical problem
    9. Failure to obtain leave of Absence request for absences
    10. Missing bus/school due to inclement weather if school is not closed

    Should a parent/guardian wish to remove their student from school (3 or more days) for an extended period (medical problems, emergencies, family vacations, etc.) a Leave of Absence form must be filled out prior to the student's absence.  To obtain a Leave of Absence form, please send a note that includes the student's name, reason for the leave, and dates requested to be excused at least a week in advance.  The note should be delivered to the Attendance Secretary; one copy will be brought home by the student to the parent/guardian.  We strongly discourage absences for non-medical and non-emergency reasons.  If a form is not filled out prior to the leave, the absence will be regarded as unexcused.

    Further information on Attendance Policies is available in the Student Handbook.