Report an Absence
Due to the high volume of absences and other attendance requests, we are no longer using the Forms portal for a pre-planned absence. To report an absence, late arrival or request an early dismissal, please e-mail email@example.com. Because of the high volume of emails being received it is very difficult to acknowledge receipt of the email or respond back to general questions. But, sending an email is preferred to receiving a phone call unless it is a very last minute notification. Please do not do both as it creates extra work.
It is not necessary to send a follow-up email or phone call. If you receive a School Messenger phone call because we have not been able to get to your email know that we will be processing it as soon as possible. Your emails will be processed as soon as humanly possible and we appreciate your patience as staff work through the mountains of emails that are being received on a daily basis.
Attendance by the Numbers
2 days: How much time you have to provide a valid excuse in writing or electronic message after an absence has occurred or it will remain unexcused.
3 days: When a planned absence form is due prior to the start of an absence.
5 days: Illness keeping you out 5 days in a row or longer? You must provide a doctor’s verification note for it to be excused.
7 days: Seven unexcused absences in a month (or ten in a school year) will prompt attendance intervention and possibly require the district to file a truancy petition if absences continue.
8 days: If you miss the first 8 days of the start of school, you will no longer be enrolled in the Seattle Public Schools.
10 minutes: If you miss more than 10 minutes of instruction time in a period, you will be marked absent for that period.
10 days: Your sick days will no longer be excused without a doctor’s note if you have already had 10 sick days in that school year. (This does not pertain to students with chronic conditions and have communicated with the school nurse.)
10 days: If you miss more than 20 consecutive days (unexcused or excused), you will cease to be enrolled in Seattle Public Schools.