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22447 24th Avenue South Des Moines, WA 98198

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Attendance Matters

Attendance Matters

10/20/2020

Dear Midway Families,

We are so grateful for our families in partnering with us during remote learning. Thank you for your perseverance in supporting your child to attend school virtually.  Our teachers are working hard and attendance continues to be essential to student success. Please see the letter below from Highline Public Schools about the District's legal requirements around attendance.  

Please remember to contact your teacher and/or the office if you have technology problems, so we can excuse the absence. 

If you have technology problems, please contact Ms. Marrs at 253-693-8437.

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED BY STATE LAW

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* State law requires children from age 8 to 17 to attend school. 

*  Children that are 6- or 7-years-old, who are enrolled in school, must also attend school.

* Youth who are 16 or older may be excused from attending school if they meet certain requirements.(not applicable to Elementary)

 *If your child is going to be absent, contact the Midway office  (206) 631-4400.

*The complete truancy statute can be found by googling “RCW 28A.225” and selecting the first option.

SCHOOL’S DUTIES UPON A STUDENT’S ABSENCES

*  If your child has two unexcused absences in one month, state law (RCW 28A.225.020) requires we schedule a conference with you and your child.

*  In elementary school after five excused absences in any month, or ten or more excused absences in the school year, the school district is required to contact you to schedule a conference.  A conference is not required if your child has provided a doctor’s note, or pre-arranged the absence in writing,  and plans are in place so your child does not fall behind academically.

*  If your child has seven unexcused absences in any month or ten unexcused absences within the school year, we are required to file a Petition with the Juvenile court, alleging a violation of RCW 28A.225.010, the mandatory attendance laws.  You and your child may need to appear in Juvenile Court.

DID YOU KNOW?

*  Attending school on-time, all day, every day will give your child the best chance of graduating from high school.

*  Starting in kindergarten, missing on average just 2 days a month, whether excused or unexcused, makes it more likely that your child will not meet academic standards in math and reading by third grade.

*  By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school. 

*  Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with a bully or facing some other potentially serious difficulty.

*  By 9th grade, regular attendance is a better predictor of high school graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

* Don’t let your child stay home unless they are truly sick, such as fever, vomiting, diarrhea, or a contagious rash.

*  Avoid appointments and travel when school is in session.

*  Keep track of your child’s attendance.  Missing more than 9 days, excused or unexcused, could put your child at risk of falling behind.

*  Set a regular bedtime and morning routine as well as finishing homework and packing backpacks the night before.

*  Have a back-up plan in place with family members, neighbors, or other parents for getting your child to school in case something comes up.

*   Helpful information about school attendance can be found at:   www.attendanceworks.org

If you are struggling to get your child to school for any reason, we are here to support you and work with you towards possible solutions.  Please do not hesitate to contact us to schedule an appointment to discuss your child’s attendance. You may do so through the office (206) 631-4400.

Sincerely,

Dr.  Deborah Ellis EdD                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Principal, Midway Elementary

*RCW28A.225.005 Information for Students and Parents