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EeLA Attendance Policy

Edmonds eLearning Academy Attendance Policy

In order to receive “excused” status for an absence, a written note, email, or telephone notification from the student’s parent/guardian must be filled with school personnel within two (2) school days following the student’s return to school (lab). 

Absences will be excused for the following reasons:

1. Personal illness or injury: in cases of extended illness or injury a doctor’s confirmation will be required. 

2. Medical or dental appointments. (Families should make every effort to schedule appointments before or after Student Learning Center hours).

3. Absence resulting from participation in activities related to recognized religious holidays.

4. Other absences for reasons deemed appropriate by the principal.

Absences should be pre-arranged by request when parents have advance knowledge of impending absences. The form can be obtained by clicking on the following link: Pre-Approval Absence Form

The criteria listed above will determine whether the absence will be excused. Students (not school personnel) are responsible for providing timely information in regard to absences for which an excused status is requested. The school has the right to not excuse patterns of absences (even with parent notes) perceived as excessive and inhibiting a student’s access to their academics. At such times the school may request that a written doctor’s note/statement be submitted to the school explaining the condition/diagnosis preventing the student from attending school and the anticipated date of return to school before excusing further absences. 

Extenuating Circumstances

On occasion, extenuating circumstances beyond a student’s control may cause him/her to be absent from school for an extended period of time. At these times it is important for the student and parents to work closely with the administrator and/or counselor. Each situation will be handled on an individual basis.

“BECCA” Bill

Consistent with RCW 28A.225.030, all students will attend and be punctual at regularly scheduled classes unless officially excused. The “BECCA Bill” also requires the District to:

1. Schedule a conference with parents after the second day of unexcused absence/truancy.

2. File a petition with the county court (may do after the 5th day of unexcused absence/truancy in a month, must do after the 7th day of absence/truancy in a month or the 10th day of unexcused absence/truancy in a year).

3. Report to the court additional absences that occur after the first referral.

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