The single most important factor contributing to student achievement is school attendance. Learning builds day by day. A child who misses a day of school also misses a day of learning. Absent students miss out on core content, important class discussions, raised questions, explanations, teacher time, group work and much, much more.
At Boistfort, we have a tradition of working together to ensure the success of each student. Please support good school attendance by:
- talking with your child about the importance of attending school every day.
- not scheduling family trips and appointments during school hours.
- making sure that your child is well-rested and ready for learning.
- discussing what happened at school each day, supporting school rules and consequences.
- showing pride in your child’s accomplishments and displaying school work in special places.
Washington State truancy laws require the school district to take action when students reach 10 absences during the school year. Daily late arrival and early exit are also part of the truancy law.
We follow Washington State law when dealing with excessive absences and tardies. Excused absences are outlined as:
- Unplanned – when a child’s personal illness or injury, or the illness and/or death of a family member prevents the child from attending school. The school should be notified immediately and a signed excuse must accompany the child upon his or her return to school.
- Planned – when a child must attend a doctor or dental appointment, religious activity or special event during the school day. When a parent or guardian submits a request and receives approval from the Principal prior to a family trip.
All other absences from school are considered unexcused.
Please communicate with us when you are struggling with school attendance so we can support you.
If your child is absent from school, please notify the office by note or by phone, 360-245-3343. If you do not notify us, the absence will be considered unexcused and you and your child will be subject to truancy rules.