Attendance Office

  • Attendance Office: Mrs. Stephanie Carlson

    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 achievement at Renton High School. The following policy is designated to help keep students in school and increase their potential for success.


    A parent/guardian must notify the Attendance Office via phone 425.204.3410 or with a written note (both must contain the student name, grade, guardian name and contact number, and the specific reason for the absence). Contact from a parent/guardian is required each time their student is absent from one or more classes during the school day, each and every time a class is missed for any reason. Our automated phone messaging system will call the number in Skyward to let you know of your students’ absence. (Please call the Attendance Office at the number above if your are NOT getting these messages when you know your student has missed a class.) A note is required from a parent/guardian to excuse an absence. This note (or call) should be received within 48 hours of the students’ return to school.
    Per Policy and Procedure 3122, (6/11/13) an absence will be considered valid 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.

    Tardy Policy

    Any student arriving to school or class between one and nine minutes after the tardy bell rings is considered tardy and is expected to report directly to class (no stop at attendance office). Admin and security will follow a supervision schedule between classes to help support on time arrival to class. It is very helpful for teachers to greet students at their door to help support this effort also. Tardy students (1-9 minutes) will be allowed to enter and join class. Unless the student has an excused note from a RHS staff member, the tardy should be considered unexcused and marked in Skyward when the teacher logs and saves attendance. 
    Students who show a pattern of tardiness to school and/or class will receive consequences. Student tardies will now be tracked automatically on a weekly basis through an attendance pull from skyward (remember to have accurate reporting in skyward). In a given 5-day period students who accumulate tardies will receive the following consequences:
    3-4 tardies: One lunch/after-school detention w/automated phone call home
    5-6 tardies: Two lunch/after-school detentions w/automated phone call home
    7-8 tardies: One Wednesday School detention w/automated phone call home
    9+ tardies: Referral to Dean/Admin for discipline consequences and parent conference
    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 2:15 – 2:45 (Mon – Thur) may be assigned for chronic tardiness. Students serving After-school Detention will be required to make arrangements for their own transportation home from school.

    Students eighteen and older may obtain a permission form from the Attendance Office to sign their own notes. This permission form must be signed by a parent/guardian AND approved by an administrator. The note must contain the date (s) of absence(s) and the specified reason for the absence(s). Failure to submit a note for each and every period(s) missed is a misuse of this right and may result the loss of this privilege and/or disciplinary action. Unexcused absences may incur a loss of credit for that day in each class missed.

    Any student who is aware of reasons that will cause him/her to be absent from class(es) should make arrangements with his/her 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.

    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 progress report be completed by each teacher and returned to the parent prior to the absence. A Leave of Absence form must be picked up in the Attendance Office by the student, completed, and submitted for to the attendance office for review. 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 day.
    Students arriving at school after the initial 10 minutes (7:30 a.m.) must report to the Attendance Office, complete an Admit to Class slip, turn it in to the Attendance Secretary, then present their copy of the Admit to Class slip to the teacher. This includes a student who arrives at school between classes, but has missed a class. Failure to follow this procedure may result in disciplinary action.

    Early Dismissal

    Leaving school early is possible only in emergent situations. If you are picking up your student during school, please sign in with the main office to arrange to pick up you student. Please bring ID and ensure you are listed in Skyward as “family” or “emergency contact”. Be prepared to write and sign a note stating the reason for the early dismissal to ensure your student is safe and our attendance records are accurate. On the day following the early dismissal, the student must present an Admit to Class slip from the Attendance Office to his/her teachers.

    If a student becomes ill, he/she MUST REPORT to the Health Clinic (Nurse). Under no circumstances is a student to leave campus without prior permission from a parent/guardian.


    Unauthorized absence from school, class(es), study hall, or leaving the campus at any time other than during lunch break will be considered a truancy. In instances of truancy, the student may not be allowed to make up work missed. 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.

    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