Attendance Policy

Attendance Information and Policy

Lake Washington School District recognizes the importance of regular school attendance as a necessity for mastery of the educational program provided to students of the District. As such, students are expected to attend all assigned classes each day. Studies show many children who miss too many days in kindergarten and first grade can struggle academically in later years. They often have trouble mastering reading by the end of third grade.

Communicate with the school if your child is absent.
  • Keep your child home if truly sick. See the Too Sick for School? page for more information.
  • Call the attendance line (425-936-2521) or send an email to the office (lnelson@lwsd.org) to report an absence or a tardy. Just letting the teacher know is not enough...the office must be informed in order for the absence to be excused.
  • Avoid extended vacations that require your children to miss school. Try to line up vacations and doctor's appointments with the school's schedule.

Most absences can be excused if parents let us know their children will be absent and the reason for the absence.

NEW District process for planned vacation absences
Students are considered chronically absent if they miss 10% of school days, regardless of the reason...That's two days a month.
State law requires attendance conferences triggered after:
  • Two (2) unexcused absences
  • Five (5) excused absences in a month
  • Ten (10) excused absences in a year
  • Automated attendance letter mailed to parents
Attendance conferences will be conducted by our Associate Principal, Angela Morrison (amorrison@lwsd.org) or designee. Please contact Lisa Nelson or Angela Morrison regarding attendance policy questions.