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Attendance Line: 425.204.2710  Available 24 hours a day. 

Attendance Email:

Attendance Specialist(s): Kim Strege

As a safety measure, we ask that our parents/guardians immediately call the Attendance Office to inform us when their student is absent from school.


Regular school attendance is necessary for mastery of the educational program provided to students of the district. However, student absences are appropriate in certain circumstances.

  • Any absence that is or exceeds THREE (3) periods in length will be counted as a full day absence. This includes absences at the beginning or end of the school day.
  • To be eligible to participate in after-school activities, students must have been on time to school and in attendance the full school day (all assigned classes).

Tardy to Class

Being late for a class is a tardy. There are four minutes of passing time between each period, which allows ample time to travel from class to class. Consequences for tardies are listed below. Excessive tardies may ultimately lead to the initiation of a BECCA petition. The following interventions for tardies will be followed:

Tardy Number Consequence
1st tardy Verbal warning and reminder of expectations by teacher.
2nd tardy Verbal warning, reminder, and communicate to parent/family.
3rd tardy Teacher assigns 1 detention, communicates to parent/family.
4th tardy Teacher assigns 2 detentions, calls parent/family, submits incident form to document.
5th tardy Incident form to admin/dean, admin assigns 1 after-school detention and 5 lunch
detentions, contacts family.
6th tardy Loss of “good standing” status, incident form to admin/dean, parent/student/admin
conference, admin/dean assigns after-school consequences.
7th tardy Admin assigns 1 day of ISS, parent contact.

Attendance Resources

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow.

Students can suffer academically if they miss 10% (or just 18 days) of the school year: That's just one day every two weeks.

Research shows that missing 2-3 days a month can translate into third-graders unable to master reading, sixth-graders failing courses and, sometimes teens dropping out of high school.

Some absences are unavoidable. We understand that children will get sick and need to stay home occasionally. The important thing is to get students to school as often as possible and on time. Families should communicate with their school when students are absent.

Sporadic absences, not just those on consecutive days of school, matter. Before you know it – just one or two days a month can add up.

You can turn to your school for help. We offer services for the whole family, including those facing tough challenges related to access to health care, unstable housing, poor transportation or lack of food.

Family Attendance Pledge Letter

Renton School District is making a special effort to ensure that all students fully benefit from their education by attending school regularly. Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Consistent attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.

Please take a minute to read this letter to your child(ren) and make a pledge together to attend school every day. Then, print, sign and have your child return this pledge to your school. Let's make school count, every day for every child!