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Attendance, Chronic Absenteeism, and Truancy

Mental Health Absences (HB 1834)

OSPI recently updated rules regarding excused absences for mental health.

View preliminary guidance.

More guidance will be available in August. 

Contact Information

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.

Best Practices for Improving Attendance

Explore best practices to help you in your attendance improvement work through multi-tiered systems of support. 

Resources & Materials

Discover tools for understanding your data, planning and assessment tools, information on attendance screeners, and a variety of resources for communicating about attendance.  

Policies, Guidance, and Data Reporting 

Learn about relevant policies, guidance, 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.