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Attendance

WVSD Board Policy 3121, 3122

The West Valley School District has six elementary schools, each of which serves specific residential areas. To attend Apple Valley, students must reside within the Apple Valley boundaries or be granted a transfer from another West Valley elementary school. At the present time, West Valley elementary schools are accepting out of district students, as space is available. Please contact the Central Office (972-6000) for more information about out-of-district enrollment.

If your child will be absent, please inform the school secretary (965-2060) before 9:00a.m.

In order to excuse your child’s absence, you must call the office or send a signed, dated note explaining the reason for absence within two days of your child’s return to school.

When checking out early for appointments, lunch, etc., parents must sign their children out and back in at the office. Please also send a signed, dated note for these special circumstances.

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE

Children should arrive at school no earlier than 8:40a.m., as playground supervision is not available before that time. Upon arrival, students should place their backpacks next to their classroom’s door and move to their designated playground area (K-2 in the front and north side of building; 3-5 on north and west sides of building). The second bell rings at 8:45a.m. and the tardy bell rings at 8:55am.

During school hours, students may not leave the school boundaries for any reason without a note signed by a parent, teacher, or principal. On the rare occasions when students must leave during the school day, they are required to check out and back in at the office. When parents need to pick up a student during the school day, they must report to the office (not the child’s classroom) and sign the child out. Then, the student’s teacher will be called and the child will be released to meet his/her parent in the office.

EXCUSED AND UNEXCUSED ABSENCES

Students are expected to attend and be on time to school each day. Teachers are responsible to submit absence and tardiness records to their building office, where such absence and tardiness records are transcribed into the student’s record. In grades K-4, an absence for more than an hour a day shall be counted as a half-day absence.

When a student’s tardiness becomes frequent or disruptive, the student shall be referred to the principal or counselor for counseling, parent conferencing, and/or disciplinary action.

All sanctions imposed for failure to comply with the attendance policies and procedures shall be implemented in conformance with state and district regulations regarding corrective action or punishment.

EXCUSED ABSENCES

The following are valid excuses for absences and tardiness. Assignments and/or activities not completed because of an excused absence or tardiness may be made up in a manner provided by the teacher:

A. Participation in school-approved activity: To be excused, a staff member must authorize this absence, and the affected teacher must be notified prior to the absence unless it is clearly impossible to do so.
 

B. Absence due to illness, health condition, family emergency or religious purposes: When possible, the parent is expected to notify the school office on the morning of the absence and send a signed note of explanation with the student on his/her return to school. A parent may request that a student be excused from attending school in observance of a religious holiday. In addition, a student, upon the request of his/her parent, may be excused for a portion of a school day to participate in religious instruction provided such is not conducted on school property.

C. Absence resulting from disciplinary actions or short-term suspension: As required by law, students who are removed from a class or classes as a disciplinary measure, or students who have been placed on short-term suspension, shall have the right to make up assignments or exams missed during the time they were denied entry to the classroom.

D. Pre-approved Absences:  This category of absence shall be counted as excused for purposes pre-approved by the principal and the parent. An absence may not be approved if it causes a serious adverse effect on the student’s educational progress.

UNEXCUSED ABSENCES

Failure to submit any type of excuse statement signed by the parent guardian within two days of being absent will constitute an unexcused absence. This type of absence is also defined as truancy. The school will contact the home to correct the problem. After two unexcused absences in one month, a parent-student-principal conference will be held. Washington attendance laws mandate that the school notifies the juvenile courts after a child accumulates seven (7) unexcused absences in one month or ten (10) absences in one year. Your assistance in helping us comply with the law is appreciated.

TARDINESS

It is very important for children to arrive at school on time. Late entries are disruptive to the classroom and cause the late student undue stress. Please make every effort to get your child to school by 8:55am.

When children are tardy, their parents must check them in at the office or send a written note explaining the reason for their delay. Tardies will be excused or unexcused according to the same standards as absences. When children miss more than 90 minutes of the school day, it shall be counted as a half-day absence. When a student’s tardiness becomes frequent or disruptive, the student shall be referred to the principal or counselor for counseling, parent conferencing, and/or disciplinary action in accordance with state and district regulations.)