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 [email protected].

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 to school will be unexcused unless they are due to:

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


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 March 14, 2022

For a visual decision tool, see the Department of Health flowchart (pdf) for "what to do if a person is symptomatic."

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 and are unvaccinated and choose not to participate in the Test to Stay program? (Note: Close contact is defined as within 6-feet for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. 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 5 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-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 must quarantine for 5 full days from the onset of symptoms date and may return on Day 6 if:

    • No symptoms are present, or symptoms are resolving; AND
    • No fever within the past 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.


  2. If your child tests positive for COVID-19, they may return when the following criteria are met:

    • 5 days* have passed since symptom onset, or since positive test specimen collection date if no symptoms are present (*note: people who are severely ill or severely immunocompromised may need to isolate for up to 20 days); AND
    • No symptoms are present, or symptoms are resolving; AND
    • No fever within the past 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.


    Students and staff must continue monitoring for symptoms and wearing a well-fitting mask around others through day 10 (days 6-10) both in and out of school, including during extracurricular and sports activities.

    Individuals who have accommodations that allow them to attend school and not wear a well-fitting mask or face shield with a drape or wrap must stay in isolation the full 10 days.

  3. If your child tests negative for COVID-19 and has not been identified as a close contact, they can return to school after being fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND symptoms have improved

COVID-19 Testing Information

Please visit the district Testing FAQs page for links to information about testing locations, what kinds of tests CK Schools accept and more.

 Michelle Crawford
Attendance Secretary