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Attendance, Chronic Absenteeism, and Truancy

Absence Rules Update!

Updates to the absence rule - Chapter 392-401 WAC for school year 2021-22 coming soon!

Contact Information


Krissy Johnson

Attendance is a critical building block for student learning. If students are not present, they cannot engage in learning. Attendance is a powerful signal and leading indicator of equity.  It can signal when students might need additional support and areas for system and school improvement. Chronic absenteeism impacts all students—no matter their age. Students that miss just two days a month for any reason are more likely to not read at grade level, and more likely to not graduate.

Tools & Resources for Attendance During COVID-19

Improving Attendance for Schools

In this section, you will find resources to learn more about attendance, including recorded webinars, best practices, and research. Find tools & resources to help you improve attendance in your school. Order or download ready to use awareness materials, recordings & videos.

Attendance Resources for Parents & Guardians

This section has guides for parents to understand that law, truancy process, and ideas for working with their school and district.

Laws & Reporting 

Relevant laws and data pertaining to attendance in Washington state. 

District Truancy Liaison

Each school district must identify a point of contact for all matters related to excessive absenteeism and truancy (RCW 28A.225.026). Find your district's contact information here.