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Washington State Attendance Laws, Rules and Guidance

Compulsory Attendance Laws - RCW 28A.225

  • Elementary parent conference requirement after 5 excused absences – RCW.28A.225.018
  • School’s duties if a child fails to attend school without excuse – RCW 28A.225.020
  • Community truancy boards – Memoranda of understanding with juvenile courts – Designation of school district coordinators to address absenteeism and truancy – Community-wide partnerships – RCW 28A.225.026
    • New Community Truancy Board and Training Modules are available. Please contact Krissy Johnson to request a copy.
  • Petition to juvenile court for violations by a parent or child – School district responsibilities – RCW 28A.225.030

Guidance on Attendance Laws

OSPI Absence Rules | Chapter 392-401 WAC

OSPI adopted permanent absence rules on May 3, 2018. The rules became effective on August 1, 2018. This rule contains a new definition of absence and reasons for excused absences.

CEDARS Data Collection Requirement and Guidance

For assistance or questions, please contact Krissy Johnson at or 360-725-6045.


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   Updated 2/4/2019

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