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Attendance Policies

  • Renton School District Policy and Procedure 3122 

Excused Absence

    • Participation in school approved activity or instructional program
    • Illness, health condition, or medical appointment
    • Family emergency; including, but not limited to, a death or illness in the family
    • Religious or cultural purpose, including observance of religious or cultural holiday, or religious or cultural instruction
    • Court, judicial proceeding, or serving on a jury
    • Post-secondary, technical school, or apprenticeship program visitation, or scholarship interview
    • State-recognized search and rescue activities
    • Absence directly related to student’s homeless status
    • Absence resulting from disciplinary/corrective action
    • Any other principal and parent/guardian, or emancipated youth, mutually agreed upon approved activity


Unexcused Absence

  • An unexcused absence is defined as any unauthorized absence from school. Unexcused absences occur when:

    • A student is absent without the permission of the parent/guardian and/or the school;
    • An excuse is submitted that does not constitute an excused absence;
    • No written or verbal excuse for the absence is provided by the parent/guardian within 48 hours of the student’s return to school.

    Excessive tardies may ultimately lead to the initiation of a BECCA petition. Examples of unexcused absences include, but are not limited to:

    • Oversleeping
    • Mechanical problem with a car
    • Missing the bus
    • Missing the bus or school on delayed start days (for example, weather related delayed starts)
    • Babysitting
    • Non-medical or non-legal appointments
    • Failure to obtain private transportation to school