Attendance Policies and Procedures
Laws of the State of Washington mandate that parents
and guardians have the responsibility of ensuring their child attends school.
Missing school for any reason negatively impacts learning, achievement and
grades. The attendance procedures at Giaudrone Middle School are designed to
assist parents and guardians in carrying out this responsibility.
excuse your student, the parent or guardian on record can contact the
attendance office 24hrs a day, 7 days a week by phone (253-571-5829), by emailing our Attendance Secretary
at GiaudroneAttendance@Tacoma.K12.Wa.US using your verifiable email on record,
or send a legible note with the student.
of absence or tardy
for absence or tardy
name (printed and signature) and phone number
from medical professional (if required)
make all your arrangements before or after school to avoid interrupting the
learning of students. Every minute in class counts.
students out of class or calling into class unless it is an emergency is
State BECCA Bill
Pursuant to RCW Chapter
A.225 the parent or guardian is responsible for their student’s attendance, and
for contacting the school to make sure all absences are excused.
In accordance with the state mandatory attendance laws:
Once a student has 2 unexcused absences the
BECCA process will begin.
After 4 unexcused absences a conference
with school administration, student’s guidance counselor, attendance
specialist, parent and student will be required. We will work together to
remove any barriers to attendance.
If a student has 7 or more unexcused absences
in a month, or 10 in a year the school must file a petition with the juvenile
court seeking the court’s jurisdiction over the student’s attendance in school.
parent found to have violated the law may be fined up to $25 per day of
unexcused absence and the student will be ordered to attend school. The court
may also order the parent/guardian to attend parenting classes, counseling or
do community service.
A student who fails to comply with a court order to
attend school may be found in contempt of court and may be placed in juvenile
detention or receive alternate sentencing from the court.
ABSENCE OR TARDY
absence can only be excused by a guardian. The following
reason constitute an excused absence or tardy:
Personal illness (More than 5 days requires
a doctor note)
Medical or Dental Appointments
Appearances in court when required by law
Disciplinary actions including Short/Long
term suspensions, and expulsions
Family emergency approved by principal
(i.e. funeral, death, hospitalization)
Pre-approved family activities approved by
In All cases, the school principal determines whether
and absence is excused or unexcused.
FOR PRE-PLANNED FAMILY ACTIVITY/EXTENDED ABSENCE
The attendance office has the Excused Absence Form
which must be signed by the parent, student, and teachers, and returned to
attendance prior to leaving. These are required for absences of more than 5
days. IF A STUDENT IS GONE OVER 20 DAYS
THEY WILL BE DROPPED AND REQUIRED TO REENROLL ON RETURN.
Oversleeping, missing the bus or having bus privileges
revoked, babysitting, finishing homework, or having excessive transportation
issues will NOT be considered an excused absence.
Students who have a pattern/history of absences or
tardiness for personal illness may be required to have a note from a medical
professional to excuse further absences or tardiness due to illness.
If a student must leave school during the
day for any reason a dismissal slip must be obtained from the attendance
If the student is checked out of the
nurse’s office the parent will sign the dismissal slip in the health room. A
student will only be allowed to walk home with special permission.
picking up a student will be required to show I.D. to verify they are on the
student’s approved contact list.
The Tacoma School District operates on the “closed
campus” concept for student safety. Once a student arrives at school he/she is
not permitted to leave the school grounds until the end of the school day
without written permission from the office.
Emergency school closures due to bad weather or unsafe road conditions are announced on most local television and radio stations. The call numbers for local radio are: KOMO (AM 1000) KIRO (AM 710) KMPS (FM 94.1) KLAY (FM 1480.) You may also call 253-571-1000 beginning at 6:00AM for information. Sign up to receive email updates about school closures at www.schoolreport.org.