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Please call the Attendance Office at 425-844-4806 or email to report student absences, late arrivals, early dismissals, or to request a bus pass.


CHS ATTENDANCE POLICY:  Attendance Matters!


Thank you for keeping your student home when they are ill.  State law requires verification of all absences; verification can be in written form (parent/guardian notes, email, or doctor’s notes regarding appointments) or by telephone/voicemail.  Per RSD Policies and Procedures P3005-5, CHS needs specific reasons to excuse a student’s absence and for state accountability auditing.  Parents/guardians must call or email the Attendance Office when their student is absent and provide the student's name and the reason for the absence.  NOTE: Please provide the symptom(s) the student is experiencing, such as cough, fever, runny nose, headache, sore throat, body aches, diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, positive COVID, mental health, etc. “Sick” is too broad for reporting purposes.


When to keep a student home, or when a student might be sent home

Parents and guardians should keep their student home if the student is ill to the extent that it will be difficult for them to participate in the activities of a normal day.  As a general rule, please keep the student home if the student is experiencing symptoms such as:

  • 100˚ or higher fever

  • Cold

  • Chronic cough

  • Vomiting or diarrhea

  • Pink eye (or what appears to be pink eye), with or without drainage, until treated

  • Body rash, especially with a fever

  • Lice, lice eggs, or scabies until treated

  • An injury that needs a medical opinion


Parents/guardians will be notified immediately if a student becomes ill while at school or receives an injury requiring further medical attention.


  1. PHONE:  425-844-4806; please leave a message if there is no answer (and request a return call if you’d like one); or,

  2. EMAIL: 


Please contact the Attendance Office on the day your student is absent from school.  In general, absences are considered unexcused if there is no notification after 72 hours.


Make-Up Work for Excused Absences

  • Make-up work will be allowed for excused absences.  The student will be responsible for all make-up arrangements.  Assignments for long-term, excused absences can be arranged with the student’s teachers.

  • Absence resulting from disciplinary actions or short-term suspension will be noted and are excused.

  • No make-up work will be allowed for unexcused absences.  CHS Attendance Office can provide parents and guardians with an individual student attendance profile upon request, or parents/guardians may check their student’s attendance via Family Access in Skyward.

Late Arrivals / Early Dismissals

​Following the REDD Way requires being in the classroom ready for class when the bell sounds.  Being on time for scheduled events is a life skill that is the basis for an authentic and engaging learning experience. 


  • Students are required to sign in at the Attendance Office when arriving late to school (see the exception below) and sign out at the Attendance Office when leaving early.  Failure to do so will result in an unexcused absence for that period.

  • An exception for late arrival for the first period/first block of the day:  To facilitate getting late students to class as soon as possible, students within 10 minutes of the start of school (i.e., no later than 7:45am on a regular schedule school day) may go directly to class.  Students arriving later than the 10-minute grace period must sign in at the Attendance Office as noted above.  Students will be considered tardy to class when they arrive late.

  • Parents may call or email the Attendance Office to report late arrivals.

  • Parents & guardians must call or email the Attendance Office to provide permission and information regarding early dismissals prior to the absence.  Parents & guardians are welcome to come to the Attendance Office to sign out their student in person.

  • CHS is a closed campus: Students who leave the CHS campus without prior permission will not be excused.  This includes students who do not sign in/out.  Detention, In-School-Suspension and Out-of-School Suspension are possible consequences if/when students leave campus without permission.

  • The exception to parent/guardian notices and permission for late arrival or early dismissal policies are Running Start students and students who do not have morning or afternoon classes at CHS.  However, these students should sign in at the Attendance Office when arriving late for their CHS class(es) or arriving for activities on campus when they are not expected.

Running Start Students

  • ​Students enrolled in Running Start and CHS classes understand that all policies and procedures regarding attendance and grades for CHS courses will be applicable and Running Start classes do not take precedence over CHS required and/or elective classes.  When developing a schedule for dual enrollment, students must consider and account for transportation time between both the Running Start institution and CHS.

  • Students participating in Running Start who are on the CHS campus for any part of the day must purchase a parking permit to park on campus.

  • Running Start-specific attendance and sign in/sign out guidelines have been emailed to students and families.

Pre-Arranged Absences Are Excused Absences

  • The "Pre-Arranged Absence Form – Individual/Personal" is utilized when students expect to miss one or more days in the future for a school-related or school-approved activity, non-CHS sport-related activity, dental or medical surgery/recovery, or family-related or family-religious activity. 

  • Parents are encouraged to schedule family vacations to coincide with school vacations to reduce their student’s overall absences. 

  • Students may pre-arrange absences by completing a Pre-Arranged Absence Request Form and return it to the Attendance Office PRIOR to the absence.

  • Absences that are pre-arranged are considered excused absences.

  • The Pre-Arranged Absence Request Form is separate from a class Field Trip Form provided by the teacher organizing the field trip.

​Consequences of Unexcused Absences Per RSD Policies & Procedures, P3005-5:

  • CHS uses ParentSquare to send daily alerts if/when a student has an unexcused absence to parents who have signed up for the service.  The ParentSquare notification is a daily snapshot regarding student attendance; parents/guardians will receive a message only if a student’s absence in one or more periods is unexcused.

  • After three unexcused absences in any month, there will be a conference held consisting of the parent, student and principal for the purpose of analyzing the causes of the student’s absences.

  • Between the second and fifth unexcused absences, the district will take data-informed steps to eliminate or reduce the student’s absences.

  • Before the fifth unexcused absence in a month, the district will enter into an agreement with the student and the student’s parent/guardian that establishes school attendance requirements, refer the student to a community truancy board, or file a petition and affidavit with the juvenile court alleging a violation of RCW 28A.225.010.

  • Before the seventh unexcused absence in a month or 15th unexcused absence in the current school year, if the district’s attempts to substantially reduce a student’s absences have not been successful and if the student is under the age of 17, the district will file a petition and supporting affidavit for a civil action in juvenile court.


Bus Passes

  • Bus passes allowing students to go home with friends have returned for the 2023-24 school year!  Students must have a pass to board a bus with their friend.  Additionally, students must have a pass if they are riding their regular bus but disembarking at a different stop.

  • Parents & Guardians: you may request a bus pass for your student by calling or emailing the Attendance Office or the Main Office no later than 1:30pm, or 12pm on early release Fridays.  Bus passes are not provided by student request.

  • Bus passes are required for students traveling in the district via RSD buses.  Students needing to travel to volunteer at one of the elementary schools, KCLS Libraries in Duvall or Carnation, etc., must have a parent-requested pass to board a bus.

  • For students attending driving school, bus passes must be requested for students on the first day of driving school. Daily bus passes will not be required for the duration of driving school.

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