Attendance Policy

At Mt. Erie School we are committed to helping our students be
successful and are constantly looking for ways to improve student
learning. A key to success in school is regular attendance. When
children miss classroom instruction and related activities,
consistent academic progress may be affected. With this in mind, it
is important that your child be present each day unless ill or in the
case of a significant extenuating circumstance (for example, a
family emergency or religious observance).

If your child is absent from school, the parent/guardian is
responsible for notifying the school office by phone at
(360) 503-1500 the day of the absence, or send a note regarding the
nature of the absence when your child returns. Students absent for
longer than a period of 20 consecutive school days, with the
exception of extended illness or serious injury, will be
automatically withdrawn in accordance with Washington State

To ensure regular attendance, and to comply with Washington
State law and Anacortes School Board policy, the school must file a
Becca petition with the Skagit County Courts after:
● The 5th unexcused absence in a month, or
● The 10th unexcused absence in a school year.

Additionally, if a student exceeds ten (10) excused absences in one
school year, the school may request a doctor’s note or may treat
the days as an unexcused absence based on adverse academic

Since school is in session 36 weeks during the year, 16 weeks are
open for scheduling family vacations and activities. Pulling children
out of school at other times often has a negative impact on
academic achievement and disrupts ongoing development of skills
and concepts. As a parent you play a huge role in making sure your
child makes the most out of the educational experiences offered at
school, and in modeling good work and life habits that relate to the
outside world. Please work with us by showing your child that
attendance at school is important and valued. As much as possible,
please schedule personal appointments outside of the school day
and make sure your child gets to school on time. We believe that
each day of school is important, right up until the last day of the
school year, and that children learn best when their attendance is
consistent. Thank you for your support with this matter.

Monday through Friday, students begin to enter our classrooms
after the first bell at 8:55AM. Any child arriving to class after
9:00AM in the morning is considered tardy. Students who are tardy
must be signed in by their parent in person. A student who is
consistently tardy can be required to make up missed work. If
missed work is not completed, their grades can also be impacted. In
addition, parents of students who are frequently tardy may be
contacted by the principal to develop a plan to address the problem.

Closed Campus
Once a child arrives at school in the morning, he/she will not be
permitted to leave the school grounds without written permission
or a phone call from the parents. This is also true for students
wishing to leave school to eat lunch at home.

Early Dismissals
In the event that your child must be dismissed early for a family
emergency, or for a dental or doctor appointment that cannot be
scheduled after school hours or during non-school days, the
student must bring a note from their parents to the office
explaining the situation before he/she can be dismissed. As a safety
procedure, parents picking their child up before regular dismissal
times must come to the office to meet their child. The child will
then be signed out of school for the day. Teachers will not release a
child directly to a parent nor will children be permitted to wait
outside for parents.
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