Attendance Matters to Academic Performance
School every day - it adds up!
Studies show children who miss too many days in elementary school can struggle academically in later years. They often have trouble mastering reading by the end of third grade. Students are considered chronically absent if they miss 10% of school days...that's only two days a month.
Attendance includes arriving to school on time. Teaching and learning begin promptly at 8:50 AM each morning. Please arrive at school no later than 8:45 AM. Arriving even five minutes late impacts your child’s education and the disrupts the education of the other students in the class. Only illness, medical appointments, religious observance and certain family emergencies can be considered excused. All other absences and late arrivals are considered unexcused by law, including oversleeping, missing the bus, traffic congestion, weather conditions, etc.
If your child does need to miss school, please notify the school’s front office by 9:00 AM, using the following:
EMAIL (RushES@lwsd.org) OR VOICEMAIL (425-936-2691)
All attendance questions or concerns can be answered by contacting our secretaries, Nancy Dunlap or Stephanie Cullen, at RushES@lwsd.org.
Under state law, elementary schools are required to conference with parents/guardians when an elementary student has five absences for any reason in a month or ten absences over the course of the year. Students missing 20 or more days will be asked to complete an Attendance Success Contract. If your child will be out of town for five or more days, you must fill out an extended absence form. These are available at the school’s front office or requested by email.
Parents and guardians can help support regular attendance by:
• Avoiding extended vacations that require your children to miss school.
• Trying to line up vacations and doctor’s appointments with the school’s schedule.
• Setting a regular bedtime routine allowing for 9 to 11 hours of sleep for younger kids and 8 to 10 hours for older kids.
• Laying out clothes and packing backpacks the night before to make your morning routines run more smoothly.
• While attendance is very important, please keep your child home if they are truly sick. They must be fever-free without medication and without vomiting for 24 hours before returning.