Attendance is Important

  • Attendance/Tardy Policy

    There is a clear connection between student academic success and consistent school attendance. For this reason, student attendance and on-time arrival to school is a top priority. Students are expected to arrive on time and to be in school all day. Regular attendance is a critical factor to your child’s school success and at Lakeridge we monitor attendance carefully. Tardies are dealt with in the same manner as absences since students who are late are not in class learning.

    Lakeridge Attendance Policy Goals:

    • To provide the best academic program for all students.
    • To develop student's personal responsibility and life skills.
    • To adhere to state and district attendance policies.


    Excused Absences:

    An excused absence may be granted after the parent/guardian writes a note which states the dates and reasons for the missed days. An excused absence as defined by Washington State Law:

    • Illness: A doctor's note is required for illnesses resulting in absences for two or more consecutive days.
    • Medical or Legal appointments: Please make every effort to schedule all medical/dental appointments outside of school hours.
    • Religious Holidays
    • Family Emergency (Example: Death of an immediate family member)


    Unexcused Absences:

    An unexcused absence is defined as any unauthorized absence from school. Examples include but are not limited to:

    • Oversleeping (parent or child)
    • Missing the bus or No transportation
    • Staying with friends or family
    • Family Vacations
    • Babysitting
    • Hair appointments
    • Shopping


    Washington State Attendance Law (BECCA Bill)

    After the seventh unexcused absence in a month or the tenth unexcused absence in a school year, the school district is required to file a petition in juvenile court alleging violation of the law.

    Reporting an absence:

    Please call our attendance hotline at 425-204-4105 to report your child's absence.
    State clearly your child's name, teacher name and reason for the absence. Please also, send a note including the above information when he/she returns to school.