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Home » Student Success » Support Programs » Attendance, Chronic Absenteeism, and Truancy

Attendance, Chronic Absenteeism, and Truancy

Contact Information

Attendance

Krissy Johnson
360-725-6045

Attendance

When students are not in school, they are falling behind. 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.

Attendance can be a signal that a student needs support. Students might be absent because of:

  • struggles in math
  • school climate
  • health conditions

  • anxiety
  • transportation
  • caring for family members

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.