When it comes to chronic absenteeism, Washington state ranks 49th in the nation. Let's do our part to change the statistic — good attendance leads to student success.
BISD is monitoring students’ attendance carefully. By law, we are required to:
Schedule a meeting with parent and student if a student reaches three or more unexcused absences in a month, or five or more excused absences in a month (K-6 grades only). The purpose of the meeting is to identify barriers to attendance and develop a plan to mitigate the barriers.
If a student has seven unexcused absences in a month, or 10 unexcused absences within the school year, we are required to file a petition with the Juvenile Court. The petition may be automatically stayed and your student and family may be referred to a Community Truancy Board, or you and your student may need to appear in Juvenile Court.
THINGS TO KNOW: • Students are at risk academically if they miss 10 percent of the school year, or about 18 days. Once too many absences have occurred, they can affect learning, regardless of whether absences are excused or unexcused.
• Sporadic, not just consecutive, absences matter. Before you know it – just one or two days a month can add up to nearly 10 percent of the school year.
• Avoid unnecessary absences. Some absences are unavoidable. Occasionally, children get sick and need to stay home. What is important