Attendance Office

  • Attendance Office: Mrs. Lisa Roberson

    Email: Lisa.Roberson@rentonschools.us

    Phone Number: (425) 204-3410

    *Please see the Student Handbook for a full copy of the attendance policy

    Daily attendance in all classes is one of the most significant factors in a student’s educational success.

    Changes in definitions:

    1. A full day absence is when a student is absent for fifty percent or more of their scheduled day. 
    2. A student shall be marked absent from a class period if they miss more than 50 percent of that class.  

    A parent/guardian must notify the Attendance Office via phone, email or written note (please include the student’s name, grade, guardian name and contact number, and the reason for the absence), within 48 hours of the absence. Our automated phone messaging system will call the number in Skyward to let you know of your students’ absence. (Please call the Attendance Office if you are NOT getting these messages when you know your student is absent.)

    Per Policy and Procedure 3122, (6/11/13) an absence will be considered excused if: the student participates in school approved activity or instructional program, illness, health condition or medical appointment, family emergency included but not limited to a death or illness in the family, religious or cultural purpose including observance of religious or cultural holiday or religious or cultural instruction, court, judicial proceeding or serving on a jury, post-secondary, technical school or apprenticeship program visitation or scholarship interview, state-recognized search and rescue activities, absence directly related to student’s homelessness status, absence resulting in disciplinary action, principal and parent, guardian or emancipated youth mutually agreed upon approved activity.

    Any student who is aware of reasons that will cause them to be absent should make arrangements with their teachers prior to the absence for appropriate make-up work.

    Students involved in after school activities are expected to attend a full day of school. Students who are absent part, or all, of the school day are not eligible to compete or practice unless permission is granted by the building athletic/activity director or principal.

    Tardy Policy

    Tardies are tracked on a weekly basis. In a 5-day period, students who accumulate 4 or more tardies will receive the following consequences:

    4-6 tardies: One lunch/after-school detention w/automated phone call home

    7-9 tardies: Two lunch/after-school detentions w/automated phone call home

    10+ tardies: One Wednesday School detention w/automated phone call home

    Please note: Any student reaching nine or more tardies will lose off-campus privileges and the potential for restrictions on specified extra-curricular activity privileges.

    After-school Detention (Wednesdays from 2:10p – 5:00p) may be assigned for chronic tardiness. Students serving After-school Detention will be required to make their own arrangements for transportation home.

    Parent Release Forms

    Students eighteen and older may obtain a “parent release form” from the Attendance Office which allows them to sign their own notes. The form must be signed by a parent/guardian AND approved by an administrator.   

    Leave of Absence/Extended Absences

    In the event of a pre-arranged absence of more than three (3) consecutive days, it is recommended that a “Leave of Absence” form be completed and submitted to the attendance office for review for approval. Completing this form does not guarantee an excused absence. (see excusable absences in handbook) Please recognize that absences can have a detrimental effect on a student’s accomplishments and progress and should be communicated to the parents in as specific terms as possible.

    If the absence is excused, the student shall be permitted to make up all missed assignments outside of class, under reasonable conditions and time limits established by the teacher, except in classes with a high degree of in-class participation where a student’s grade may be affected because of the student’s inability to make up the activities conducted during the class periods. Check your syllabus/classroom contract carefully or ask specific teachers about their excused absent work policy and timeframes. If the extended absence is determined to be unexcused, the student will not be allowed to make up missed work.

    Late Arrivals/Leaving Early

    For students’ safety and the school’s liability, all students must check in and/or check out in the Attendance Office when arriving late or leaving campus early. Verification from a parent is required before a student leaves campus during the school day. Students arriving to school late during class time must report to the Attendance Office, to enter their tardy in the tardy kiosk (new at RHS) then present their copy of the Admit slip to the teacher.

    Early Dismissal

    If you are picking up your student during school, please check in at the Attendance Office. Please bring ID and ensure you are listed in Skyward as “family” or “emergency contact”. Be prepared to sign your student out using the “parent sign out log”.  Under no circumstances is a student to leave campus without prior permission from a parent/guardian.

    Truancy

    Unauthorized absence from school is considered truancy.  Seven (7) unexcused absences in one (1) month or ten (10) unexcused absences total in a school year will cause the school to file a BECCA petition with the Juvenile Court System or Truancy Advisory Board. In instances of truancy, students may not be allowed to make up work.  Consequences for truancy include, but are not limited to, detention, parent phone contact, Wednesday School, In-School Suspension, parent conference in person, possible Petition to Juvenile Court, and state mandated Petition to Juvenile Court.  Seven (7) unexcused absences in one (1) month or ten (10) unexcused absences total in a school year will cause the school to file a BECCA petition with the Juvenile Court System or Truancy Advisory Board. In instances of truancy, students may not be allowed to make up work.

    Truancy letters are mailed every week to keep parents and stuents informed. There are four types of absence letters, 3 days absence letter, 5 days absence letter, 7 days absence letter and 10 days absence letter.