State law requires that schools inquire about every absence. Wahitis Elementary requests either a note or a telephone call (Rosa Salas @ 509-764-1200 Ext. 7003) from the parent or guardian when a child is absent. If a call or note is not communicated to the school, the absence will be considered unexcused. Regular attendance is essential for successful progress in your child’s education. Your child should be in school every day that he/she is physically able. The law (RCW 28A.225.020) requires that the school conference with the parent(s)/guardian after two unexcused absences in a month. A petition will be filed with the Juvenile Court when a fifth unexcused absence in one month and/or a tenth in a school year occurs.
Absences are excused for the following:
- Illness or health condition
- School approved activities
- Family emergencies
- Short-term suspensions
- Activities pre-approved by the principal, which do not adversely affect the student's educational progress