Snoqualmie Valley Schools places a strong emphasis on students attending school regularly. Attendance is taken daily at each one of our schools.
The number of days missed matters!
Whether excused or unexcused, the number of days your student misses can greatly impact their academic success. Families should strive for regular attendance, which means averaging less than two absences per month. An absence is defined as missing 50% or more of the scheduled day.
- Starting in kindergarten, too many absences (excused and unexcused) can cause children to fall behind in school.
- Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) increases the chance that your student will not read or master math at the same level as their peers.
- Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.
- By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school.
- By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th-grade test scores.
- Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with schoolwork, dealing with a bully, or facing some other potentially serious difficulty.
- Unexcused absences are an early warning sign for unaddressed problems with school and future dropout.
If your child needs to be absent from their scheduled learning time, contact your school to report the absence. Every absence, tardy, or early dismissal needs to be reported to your child’s school. In alignment with District Excused and Unexcused Absences Policy No. 3122, office personnel will determine if the absence is excused or unexcused.