Early dismissals must be arranged prior to the absence. Requests for early dismissals must be made no later than the end of second (B) lunch (1:30 PM-Schedule #2, 1:05 PM-Schedule #3, 1:45 PM-Schedule #4). This includes PM Assembly Schedule days*.
Please send a signed note with your student on the morning of the needed early dismissal day for your student to bring to the Attendance Office before school or during Options so a pass can be provided in advance for your student to leave class and the campus as we are no longer delivering early release notices to students. This helps minimize classroom disruptions to valuable learning time that occur when a runner is required to deliver a pass to your student in the classroom during the school day. It also allows your student to be ready to leave on their own or be available for parents/guardians to pick up at the specified time.
There are times during the school day when a pass cannot be delivered to your student, such as during Options, lunch and assemblies. Due to varying circumstances, it can take up to 15 minutes to retrieve a student from their classroom.
It is understandable that there are times a student must be released early for an appointment or emergency that the parent/guardian was unaware of in time to send a note in the morning with their student. In these instances, it is advisable to contact the Attendance Office as soon as possible and leave a message at (425) 408-7410 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by 1:30 PM and prior to your arrival. The voicemail and email are checked throughout the day. As indicated above, it can take up to 15 minutes to retrieve a student from their classroom due to varying circumstances.
Students must sign out at the Attendance Office when they leave during the school day or the absence is considered a truancy.
The Attendance Office will not excuse an absence afterwards unless approved by an administrator. All students must remain on campus throughout the entire school day. The only open campus privilege is for seniors; however, this privilege is only allowed during the 30 minute lunch period. Seniors must return on time for their class period following lunch. If they return late, they must sign in at the Attendance Office for a pass to class. This tardy (or absence if more than 15 minutes late) will remain unexcused until contact is made by the parent/guardian. The 72-hour rule also applies in this case.
We appreciate your assistance and understanding and request that every effort be made to keep your student in class the entire school day so the best possible learning environment can be preserved for all our students and our teachers.
WHS's absence/tardy form, "A Note to the Woodinville High School Attendance Office" can be completed and signed by the parent/guardian and delivered to the Attendance Office by the student. Forms are available at the Attendance Office or can be downloaded at home by clicking on the attachment at the top.
*Students are expected to attend all assemblies as they are part of the curricular day. If a student must miss an afternoon assembly, an early dismissal must be arranged in advance as outlined above.