Attendance Policies

To assist students to develop good attendance habits and to reinforce how important good attendance is, all teachers at Napavine Middle School have adopted a policy that automatically denies credit if a student misses more than nine days in a semester.

Absences

In order to make certain that parents are aware of a student's absence, we request that the parent call the school office when an absence occurs. Attendance clerk Jodi Harmon or an answering machine is available 24 hours a day at 262-3301, extension 302. The school may attempt to contact the parent if no call is received, but if no verbal communication occurs between the parent and the school, a note must be sent when the student returns to school explaining the absence.

Types of Absences
Excused Absences
  • absences caused by illness, unusual health problems, family emergencies or religious purposes and verified with a note of explanation from the parent. 
  • absences for parent-approved activities when pre-approved by both the principal and the parent 
  • absences resulting from disciplinary actions or short-term suspensions 
Excessive Excused Absences
The District may initiate court petition procedures beginning with a parent conference and resulting in a court petition in cases of excessive excused absences that adversely affect the student’s educational progress. For the purpose of this policy, excessive may be defined as excused absences exceeding 20 percent (18 days) of a semester.

Unexcused Absences (also called Truancy)
  • absences resulting from signed notes which do not constitute an excused absence as defined above, or 
  • failing to submit any type of statement signed by the parent or guardian 
  • being absent from a class without the school knowing the student's whereabouts or the parent providing an acceptable excuse within a reasonable period of time, whether the absence is for a few minutes or a few days. 
If truancy occurs, a note will be sent home to parents outlining the consequences of truancy and the student may be required to make-up missed time in detention. Additionally, the student will receive zero credit for all work missed during the truancy. If a second truancy within one month occurs, the student may be placed on in-school suspension and a parent-principal-student conference will be held. The student may also be assigned make-up time in detention equivalent to the time truant. If a fifth truancy occurs within a month or ten in a school year, the student will be referred to Juvenile Court authorities as a habitual truant.

Once issued, truancies will not be erased. Additionally, no student who has a truancy on his/her record may petition for credit reinstatement if credit is denied because of excessive absenteeism.

All teachers at Napavine have incorporated attendance within their grading policy and may lower grades or even deny credit for excessive absenteeism. In general, teachers will expect students to be in attendance at least 90 percent of the time that class is in session to receive credit for that class. If credit is denied due to absenteeism, a student will still have the right to petition to have credit reinstated if extraordinary circumstances (severe illnesses, accidents, etc.) caused the absences.

Absences due to school-sponsored activities will not count against a student although the student may still be required to petition for credit reinstatement. Family vacations during school time, though excused by a parent in advance, are counted against a student’s attendance.

Tardies

Tardiness is disruptive of the educational process and indicates lack of self-discipline. Students who are tardy to class for any reason MUST have a note from the office or from a staff member. A tardy is defined as an arrival to a class after the tardy bell has rung and before 15 minutes have elapsed. After 15 minutes, the tardy will count as an absence. All tardies are unexcused unless a school official provides a written excuse to the teacher.

Teachers are responsible for recording tardies and trying to change student behavior. Teachers may consider disruptions of the educational process (habitual tardiness) in their grading if they have published such an intent in their Course Description. If a teacher's remedies prove ineffectual, the principal may choose to re-assign the student to another class. If the student is so assigned, a failing grade will be recorded in the class from which the student is exiting and no credit may be earned in the class to which the student is assigned. Oversleeping, missing the bus, waiting for trains, the alarm clock not going off, among others, are invalid excuses for tardiness.