Mrs. Minke’s class
Celebrates MartinLuther King Day
Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.
Recently, we have had some questions about excused and unexcused absences and school attendance in general.At Friday Harbor Elementary we genuinely care about our children. We miss them when they are not in class.Their presence makes a positive difference in the teaching and learning environment. It is very difficult to see achild struggle when he or she comes back lost because of missed school or late arrival.Daily attendance at school is very important. Children have a right to an education, and parents have a legal
responsibility to see that they attend.
The importance of regular school attendance isn't about following the rules; it's about giving our children the bestchance for success. Missing school puts our children at a big disadvantage. If they miss the class where a key ideaor lesson is delivered, they quickly fall behind. And sometimes, children who are behind get discouraged and giveup, something none of us wants for our children.Of course children should stay at home if they are sick. And of course we should all be sure our children eat welland get plenty of sleep so they stay as healthy as possible. We should always try to schedule dentist, doctor, orother appointments for our children at times that don't conflict with school. Nearly all schools also have anattendance policy that requires a written note or a phone call from the parent or guardian explaining why astudent is absent, whether it's because of illness or for some other reason.Some of us have important holidays or traditional celebrations that aren't recognized by the school calendar. This
can be a problem for families from many different faiths and cultures. When it's really important to us to keep
our children home for a religious, cultural, or family event, we need to contact our children's teachers in advanceand let them know about our plans. They will want to know what day or days our children will miss. We shouldask them if there are assignments our children can do at home to make up for the class time they will miss andwhether there are any other ways to make up the missed class time.Washington state law requires children from age 8 to 17 to attend a public school, private school, or district-approved home school program. Children who are 6- or 7-years-old are not required to be enrolled in school.However, if parents enroll their 6- or 7-year-old, the student must attend full-time. Youth who are 16 or oldermay be excused from attending public school if they meet certain requirements. For more information, visit thelink below. (This information was brought to you by the Washington State Public Education: A Guide for Studentsand Families)