Excused and Unexcused Absences - 3122

Mukilteo School District
Students - Series 3000
Excused and Unexcused Absences - 3122

Except as provided in RCW 28A.225.010, attendance in the schools of the State of Washington is compulsory from the age of 8 to the age of 18.

Educators and administrators have a responsibility to monitor absences to determine if students and families need support. All students enrolled in Mukilteo School District are expected to attend all assigned classes each day. Upon enrollment and at the beginning of each school year, the District will inform students and their parents/guardians of this expectation, the benefits of regular school attendance, the consequences of truancy, the role and responsibility of the District in regard to truancy and resources available to assist the student and their parents/guardians in correcting truancy. The District will also make this information available online and will take reasonable steps to ensure parents/guardians can request and receive such information in a language in which they are fluent.

All Mukilteo School District schools have closed campuses during the school day.

Definition of an absence.

WAC 392-401-015 states the definition of an absence

  1. A student is absent when they are:
    1. Not physically present on school grounds; and
    2. Not participating in the following activities at an approved location:
      1. Instruction
      2. Any instruction-related activity or
      3. Any other district- or school-approved activity that is regulated by an instructional/academic accountability system, such as participation in district-sponsored sports.

  2. Students will not be absent if:
    1. They have been suspended or emergency removed pursuant to chapter WAC 392-400;
    2. Are receiving educational services as required by RCW 28A.600.015 and Chapter 392-400 WAC, and;
    3. The student is enrolled in qualifying "course of study" activities as defined in WAC 392-121-107.

  3. A full day absence is when a student is absent for fifty percent (50%) or more of their scheduled day.

  4. A school or district will not convert or combine tardies into absences that contribute to a truancy petition.


Cross References:

Board Policy 3230 Searches of Students and Personal Property 
Board Policy 3121 Enrollment
Board Policy 3241 Classroom Management, Discipline and Corrective Action

Legal References:

RCW 28A.225 Compulsory School Attendance
WAC 392-400 Pupils
WAC 392-401-015 Definition of absent or absence
WAC 392-401-020 Excused absences
WAC 392-401-030 Unexcused absences


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