An absence that does not qualify under Section 5.2.1 or for which no written or telephone notice from the student's parent/guardian is received is unexcused and the student is considered truant from school. In addition, student “skip days” are considered unexcused absences.
A student whose absence is not excused will experience the consequences of his or her absence, including the following:
The student's grade may be adversely affected if a graded activity or assignment occurs during the period of time the student is absent.
The school will notify the student's parent or guardian in writing electronically or by telephone of the first and subsequent unexcused absence(s) in a school year.
A conference with the student’s parent or guardian will be held as soon as possible after two unexcused absences within a one-month period. This conference may take place via telephone.
Other forms of discipline may occur with truancies.
The school will schedule a conference with the parent/guardian and school personnel regarding any student who demonstrates habitual unexcused absences to determine what corrective measures should be taken to eliminate the cause for the student's absences. Steps taken may include, where appropriate, adjusting the student's school program or school/course assignment, providing more individualized or remedial instruction, preparing the student for employment with specific vocational courses or work experience, or both, and assisting the parent or student to obtain supplementary services that might eliminate or ameliorate the cause or causes for the absences from school.
If the parent/guardian fails to attend a scheduled conference, or to carry out the steps agreed to at a conference to eliminate unexcused absences, or if unexcused absences persist, the attendance office will notify the parent/guardian in writing of the district's intent to institute legal proceedings under Washington State’s “Becca Bill.” If the attendance office does not receive a satisfactory response to the notification of intent, legal proceedings will be initiated to petition Island County Juvenile Court to assume jurisdiction for the purpose of alleging a violation of RCW 28A.225.010 by the parent.
A petition alleging a violation of RCW 28A.225.010 by a student may be filed with Island County Juvenile Court by the parent/guardian of the student, or by the school district.
All required forms pertaining to absences may be obtained at the attendance office of the school.