Absences

In complying with state law, students are expected to be present at school and on time to class.

Parents/guardians may call the attendance office 24 hours a day to report or excuse students’ absence. If leaving a message, clearly state:

  • your student’s name
  • your relationship to the student
  • date(s) of absence
  • reason(s) for absence (please share the specific reason for the absence — particularly if your child has flu or respiratory symptoms)

Students may also give the Attendance Office a written note (from parent/guardian) with the same information signed by a parent/guardian. A parent/guardian may also email the Attendance Office at MichelleC@ckschools.org.

We have an automated call-out system that places a call in the evening to the homes of students who have missed one or more classes during the day.

Excused Absences

Excused Absence will be issued for the following reasons:

  • Personal illness
  • Death in the family
  • Other emergencies which, in the school’s judgment, require the student to be absent
  • Religious holiday or observance

Parents have two school business days after a student has returned to school to ask that a student’s absence be excused. After this time the absence will be marked unexcused.

Unexcused Absences

Unexcused Absence will be issued for the following reasons:
  • Truancy
  • Reason for absence is not justifiable
  • Student fails to bring a note from parent/guardian

BECCA: After FIVE unexcused absences in a 30 day period or TEN unexcused absences in a school year it is the responsibility of the school by state law to file the Truancy Petition.

Tardiness

Tardiness to school will be unexcused unless they are due to:

  • An emergency (power failure, car accident, etc.)
  • Doctor/dental appointment

SLEEPING IN, MISSING THE BUS, AND “SOMEONE MADE ME LATE” ARE NOT CONSIDERED EXCUSED TARDIES

Athletic Code

The student must be in attendance at school the full day on the day of the practice or contest unless they have a note verifying the absence was due to an appointment with a physician and/or this physician approves their participation. The student must participate in all courses and classroom activities. Exceptions must be made with the coach and a representative of the building eligibility board.

Early Dismissal

Send a note with the student stating time of dismissal, reason, and name of person who will be picking up student. Students should, when possible, arrange for dismissal through the Attendance Office before school starts. This will avoid trying to track down a student that might be at lunch, an assembly or in P.E.

Students who become ill during school need to call home from the Attendance Office.

If students do not check out through Attendance this is considered truancy.

Extended Absences (3 or more days)

If your student will be gone for an extended period of time please notify the Attendance Office several days ahead of time if possible and the Attendance Office will provide a form for the student to take around to their teachers.

Schoolwork can only be requested by Attendance for unexpected absences of more than 3 days, Attendance can then make arrangements with teachers to provide schoolwork. It is your responsibility to pick up the schoolwork from the Attendance Office.

Irregular Bell Schedules

Due to assemblies or other activities during the school year, the bells are not on a regular schedule. You can also find them on our Hours page.

When to Stay Home

Updated Oct. 13, 2021

The Washington State Department of Health has developed a flowchart (pdf) to help schools and families with symptom evaluation and management related to school attendance. Please visit doh.wa.gov for updates to the flowchart and more health information. 


COVID-19 information from the Department of Health is also available in Spanish and in Tagalog.

Call your child’s school nurse if you have questions, or call Health Services at 360-662-1070.

COVID-19 Self-Evaluation

Self-evaluation prior to coming to school: 

  1. Do you have any of the following symptoms within the last day that are not caused by another condition?

    • Fever (100.4 F) or chills.
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • Recent loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  2. Have you been in close contact with anyone with confirmed COVID-19? (Note: Close contact is defined as within 6-feet for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.  In a K-12 indoor classroom, the close contact definition excludes students who were at least three feet away from an infected student when (a) both students were wearing face coverings/masks and (b) other prevention strategies were in place. This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting).

  3. Have you had a positive COVID-19 test for active virus in the past 10 days, or are you awaiting results of a COVID-19 test?

  4. Within the past 14 days, has a public health or medical professional told you to self-monitor, self-isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about COVID-19 infection?

If the answer is yes to any of these questions, students must stay home. Parents should notify the school.

Returning to School If Your Child Has Had COVID-19 Symptoms

Symptomatic individuals may return to school under one of the following conditions:

  1. If NO testing for COVID-19 is performed, your child may return at least 10 days after symptom onset AND being fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of medication AND symptoms have improved. You may provide a note from your child’s health care provider with an earlier return to school date for symptoms related to an alternative diagnosis.

  2. If your child tests positive for COVID-19, they may return at least 10 days after symptom onset AND being fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of medication AND symptoms have improved. Additionally, all household members and close contacts should quarantine for 14 days and watch for symptoms. Obtain a COVID-19 test if you notice symptoms.

  3.   If your child tests negative for COVID-19 and there is no history of exposure, they can return to school after being fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND symptoms have improved

COVID-19 Testing Locations

Please visit Kitsap Public Health for a list of local health care providers, pharmacies and public testing sites in our area.

School-based Health Clinics

Drive-up testing is also available to Central Kitsap students and their families through Peninsula Community Health's school-based clinics (see below for hours and locations). 

To schedule an appointment, families can call 360-377-3776.

  • When calling the phone number above, emphasize that you are scheduling an appointment with the School Based Health Clinic in the CK School District, not the Peninsula Community Clinic.

  • As a CK Schools student, your child does NOT have to be an established patient of Peninsula Community Health to be eligible to be seen at Health Clinics in CK Schools

During your appointment, you will:

  • Drive your child to the location of your appointment.
  • Stay in the car
  • Wait for the PCHS provider to assess your child's symptoms through a phone or video call.

Once approved, the provider will come to your car, explain how they will do the testing and perform testing. Tests collected are based on whether the patient is having symptoms or if they are testing due to exposure only.

School-based Health Clinic Hours
Location Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday   Thursday  Friday
Barker Creek,
1400 NE McWilliams Rd, Bremerton
 -- 7:30 am - 4 pm  -- 7:30 am - 4 pm  --
Esquire Hills, 2650 NE John Carlson Rd, Bremerton  -- 7:30 am - 4 pm  -- 7:30 am - 4 pm  
Fairview, 8107 Central Valley Rd NE, Bremerton 7:30 am - 4 pm  -- 7:30 am - 4 pm  -- 7:30 am - 4 pm
Klahowya, 7607 NW Newberry Hill Rd, Silverdale  -- 7:30 am - 4 pm  -- 7:30 am - 4 pm   

 Michelle Crawford
Attendance Secretary
662-4031