Attendance, Tardiness & Truancy

  • Hawks are expected to be at school “On Time, All Day, Every Day”

    Daily attendance and active participation in each class is a critical part of the learning process. Students, parents, and guardians must accept responsibility for regular school attendance. Failure to do so may result in loss or credit, removal from classes, or placement under Thurston County Family and Juvenile Court watch jurisdiction. (Becca Bill petition) 

    The District is mandated by law to petition the Juvenile Court to assume jurisdiction when students between ages of 6 and 18 are absent from school without compelling reason for seven (7) days within any given 30 day period or ten (10) days within any given school year.  If students experience any more than 20 excused or unexcused absences, a Becca Bill petition may be filed with the Thurston County Family and Juvenile Court in accordance to district procedure.


    Students not in a classroom when the final bell rings or under the direct supervision of a staff member in the hallway, will be subject to the “Positive Sweep” and progressive consequences for tardiness.

    Students are expected to be in class on time and to stay throughout the instructional day until school is dismissed. When a student has 3 or more tardies, the student’s teacher shall notify the Principal or designee. When a student has more than 3 tardies, a lunch detention will be assigned.  At high school, when a student is more than 10 minutes late to class, it is considered an unexcused absence and will be recorded as such. 

    Procedures for Excused Absences

    Students are expected to attend all assigned classes and be on time each day. Teachers must keep a record of absences and tardiness.

    The parent or guardian is expected to notify the school that the absence is excused on the day of the absence. Failure to do so will be recorded as an unexcused absence. Telephone or e-mail notification should be made directly to the school or attendance office at (School Phone Number/or email address).

    The following are valid excuses for absences and tardiness and are outlined in the NTPS Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook:

    1. Illness, health condition, family emergency or religious purposes. School officials may require a health professional’s written note when a student is absent for more than three consecutive days.
    2. Participation in school-sponsored activities authorized by the school principal or designee who will inform the student’s teacher(s).
    3. Parental-requested activities may be counted as excused only if agreed upon in advance by the Principal and the parent/guardian. Upon approval by the principal or designee, arrangements for completion of assignments must be made with all teachers at least five days before departure.
    4. Absence resulting from disciplinary actions or suspensions unless the student is on the Becca Bill. The Becca Bill considers all out-of-school suspensions in violation of a Truancy Court Order to attend school.

    Thank you for your cooperation in calling, e-mailing, or sending in notes for your student’s absences in a timely manner!

    Procedure for Unexcused Absences

    Unexcused absences fall into two categories:

    1. An excuse which does not constitute an excused absence as defined previously (e.g. ride not showing up, babysitting, sleeping in etc.) or
    2. Failure on the part of the parent/guardian to notify the school within two school business days after the absence date.

    Each school attendance office shall attempt to telephone daily the parents or guardians of any student absent from school at reporting time, unless prior notification has been received from the parents/guardians of the absence.

    If any student fails to attend school or classes without valid justification or for an extended period of time, the building administrator shall:

    1. Call home on the first unexcused absence.
    2. Request a student and parent conference if unexcused absences continue. At this time our Vice Principals or designee will outline school policy on loss of credit because of excessive absences.
    3. File a Becca Bill petition with the Thurston County Family and Juvenile Court if the student has seven unexcused absences in a month or ten in a school year.

    Truancy Petition Hearings

    1. When a truancy petition is filed, the juvenile court shall schedule a date to consider the petition and shall notify the child, parent/guardian and school district of such date.
    2. If the Truancy petition is accepted by the juvenile court, the student’s school attendance shall be placed under the jurisdiction of the court for one year from the date of the signed order.
    3. When the court assumes jurisdiction, the school district shall report to the juvenile court in the form of a Motion of Contempt of Court Order, any unexcused absence, repeated unexcused tardiness, or any violation of school rules which results in the removal of the student from school.
    4. If the court finds the student and/or parent not in compliance with the Court Order, the Court may order such consequences for the student as community service, day detention school, drug treatment program or detention, or may fine the parent up to $25 for each day of unexcused absence.

    Loss of Class Credit Policy

    The high school procedures for loss of credit/removal from a class for non-attendance are outlined in the NTPS Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook available at your child’s school.

    For More Information

    If you have specific concerns about your student’s attendance, please contact Vice Principal Mike Smith (A-K), Vice Principal Mark VandenHazel (L-Z), or our attendance office at (360) 412-4824. If you have any questions regarding attendance procedures, Becca Bill regulations, or Truancy Petitions filed, please call the District Office at (360) 412-4469.

    All sanctions imposed for failure to comply with the attendance policies and procedures shall be implemented in conformance with state and district regulations regarding student discipline and the laws and regulations governing special education and Section 504 students.