• Steilacoom High School Attendance Policy

    2018 - 2019

     SHSD Policy 3122 Excused and Unexcused Absences

     Why are we focusing on attendance?




    1.  Participation in district or school approved activity or instructional program
    2.  Illness, health condition, or medical appointment (including but not limited to, medical, counseling, dental or optometry)
    3. Family emergency, including but not limited to, a death or illness in the family
    4. Religious or cultural purpose including observance of a religious or cultural holiday or participation in religious or cultural instruction
    5.  Court, judicial proceedings or serving on a jury
    6.  Post-secondary, technical school or apprenticeship program visitation or scholarship interview
    7. State-recognized search and rescue activities consistent with RCW 28A.225.055
    8. Absence directly related to the student’s homelessness status
    9.  Absence resulting from a disciplinary/corrective action (e.g. short-term or long-term suspension, emergency expulsion)
    10.  Principal (or designee) and parent, guardian, or emancipated youth mutually agreed upon approved activity



    A parent or guardian must call, write a note, or come into the attendance office to excuse a student’s absence or tardy. Absences must be excused before the absence occurs or within 48 hours after the absence by one of the following means: 

    ·        Call to the Attendance Office: 253-983-2303; When leaving a voicemail, please speak clearly and include the following information:

    o   Student name

    o   Parent or guardian name

    o   A phone number where parent or guardian can be reached

    o   Reason for absence/specified type of appointment


    ·        Note brought to the attendance office by the student including

    o   Student name

    o   Parent or guardian name

    o   A phone number where parent or guardian can be reached

    o   Reason for absence/specified type of appointment



    Any absence over two days (not including illness) must have prior approval through a planned absence form. Signatures from parents and teachers are required. Forms may be found in the attendance office and must be submitted to the attendance office prior to the absence.



    On the day of a game, absences for any part of the day must be excused with a third party note. If an athlete is absent for any part of the day without a third party note, they will not be eligible to play.



    Excessive excused absences may result in a doctor's note being required to excuse the absences. By law, the district is required to file a stay petition with the Pierce County Court and complete a referral to the Community Truancy Board when student reach ten (10) unexcused absences in a year



    If a student accumulates more than five (5) tardies in a semester they will be subject to progressive discipline. 

    Tardies 6 & 7 = Lunch Detention (LD is run by administrators each Wednesday) 

    Tardy 8 = Thursday School (2:15 - 2:45)

    Tardy 9 = Thursday School (2:15 - 3:15)

    Tardy 10 = 1-Day In-School Suspension 

    Tardies 11+ = 1-Day Short Term Suspension and/or suspension from athletics/activities. 

    Students must complete their attendance discipline before attending their after school activities, including practice/games/performances.