Attendance

Eckstein Middle School Attendance Policy

Contact Attendance
Attendance Office: 206-252-5014 
ecksteinms.attendance@seattleschools.org

Forms
Preplanned Absence Form
Early Dismissal Form
District Letter on State Compulsory School Attendance law​
Truancy Brochure: "Becca Law"​

Showing up to class everyday on time helps students on their path to success in middle school. Understanding the importance of good attendance will help them in high school, college and at work in the future.

Why Tardiness Hurts Students

  • Late students disrupt the class
  • Student misses valuable class time
  • In high school & college being late can cause grade penalties
  • In the work force being late can cause termination

Tardy Policy
Tardy students must check in at the Attendance Office when they arrive to school.

These are VALID EXCUSES for tardiness but we still need a note, email, or phone call from parent/guardian

  • Medical/dental appointment
  • Personal illness, illness of family member
  • School bus late
  • Family emergency
  • High school tours

These excuses are NOT VALID EXCUSES for tardiness even if student brings a note or a parent calls or emails.

  • My alarm clock broke, wasn’t set, didn’t go off
  • My parent’s alarm clock broke, wasn’t set, didn’t go off
  • I overslept
  • My parent overslept
  • The Metro bus was late or didn’t stop
  • Bad traffic
  • Car wouldn’t start
  • Running late
  • I missed my school bus or Metro bus

A parent’s request to "excuse my child's tardiness" without a stated valid reason or with a reason that does not meet the criteria for excused tardiness will result in the child's tardy remaining unexcused.

Leaving School Early
When you need to take your student out of class before school is over please notify the attendance office by email, phone or written signed note prior to the early dismissal.

Early Release Form (pdf)

If you email or phone Attendance prior to the dismissal, your student will receive an Early Dismissal pass to be released from class. Your student can also bring a signed written note before school starts to receive an Early Dismissal pass.

These are VALID EXCUSES for early dismissal.

  • Medical/dental appointment
  • Personal illness, illness of family member
  • Illness at school – Students feeling ill must check in with the nurse to be excused. The nurse will contact a guardian if the student is to be released.

Unplanned Absences
To excuse absences please contact us in the morning of the absence by phone, e-mail from a parent or guardian. Absences can be excused up to 2 days following the absence with a signed written note from a parent or guardian. A parent's request to "excuse my child's absence" without a stated valid reason or with a reason that does not meet the criteria for excused absences will result in the child's absence remaining unexcused.

These are VALID EXCUSES for absences but still we need a note, email, or phone call from parent/guardian.

  • Student’s personal illness or injury
  • Illness, injury or death of a family member, prevents the student from attending school
  • Funeral attendance – Up to five days of a trip to attend a funeral for a family member may be excused
  • Religious holiday

These reasons are NOT VALID EXCUSES for absences even if student brings a note or a parent calls.

  • Bad Traffic/car trouble/missed bus
  • Just couldn’t get to school
  • Needed to get homework/paper done
  • On a wait list for another school assignment
  • Parent conflicts with school staff
  • Religious instruction

Planned Absences
Vacations - Vacations and trips are not excused when school is in session. Families should plan vacations and family travel for times when schools are not in session. Extra days before or after school holidays are not excused, including trips out of state or out of the country.

Only trips with an educational focus for the student as the purpose of the trip can be excused, with the permission of the school principal or designee. Students must obtain a Pre-planned Absence form prior to the absence.

Pre-Planned Absence Form (pdf)

Participating in Sports Tournament – Parent must notify school by email, note or phone prior to the absence. Student must get teacher/staff approval prior to the absence.

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