Roosevelt Attendance Office
Attendance Specialist: Mrs. Danica Stannard
Location: Room 168 (next to the Commons)
Visitors | Parents/Guardians are asked to wait outside the building when picking up your student for appointments this year. There are no visitors permitted inside school buildings, other than approved volunteers who have been vaccinated. This is a District policy this year. Thank you for understanding.
Students are expected to be in school and in class daily and on time. Punctual attendance is the first requirement for success – both here at Roosevelt and in life after graduation. Many of our teachers use instructional methods that require student participation; if students are absent, they miss out on that learning. Please note it is the guardian’s responsibility to excuse each absence; guardians need to notify the Attendance Office within ONE WEEK (previously three days) to excuse absences.
Planned Early Dismissals need to be excused in advance, with note or email, preferably by the morning of the day of the Early Dismissal. To avoid an interruption of lesson plans, please have your student collect a pass from the attendance office (before school, during lunch, or during passing period) for dismissal at the appropriate time.
Students returning to school following their appointment must check in with attendance for a pass to return to class. Students that are ill need permission from the Nurse, Attendance Office, or administrator after parent or guardian is contacted and has approved of their child leaving school. Early dismissals will not be excused after the fact.
When to keep students home from school
At SPS, we are committed to keeping our school communities safe. You can help us by keeping your student home and getting them tested for COVID-19 when they have one or more COVID-like symptoms for any duration. Following updated guidance from Public Health – Seattle & King County, students with COVID symptoms should stay home until:
- They receive a negative COVID-19 test AND
- 24 hours after fever has resolved (without fever-reducing medication) AND
- Other symptoms have improved.
- OR if alternative diagnosis by health care provider, follow provider directions and isolate per condition diagnosed (whichever isolation is longer).
Roosevelt High School has COVID-19 testing available for students. If you would like to have your student tested at school, please contact the Protected Health Care Room at (206) 252-4877. Results take approximately 48 hours. If you prefer faster results, try one of the King County testing locations, https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/testing.aspx. The UW Medicine locations typically return results within 24 hours. Another option is Rapid Testing in Lynnwood, https://gslabstesting.com/covid-rapid-testing-lynnwood/.
*Before returning to school: email a screen shot or send of copy of the test results directly to our nurse at email@example.com
If your student tests positive for COVID-19, keep your student home and contact your school. Seattle Public Schools is following Public Health Seattle & King County guidelines to determine when it is safe for students to return to school.
Policies & Regulations
- What absences/tardies/early dismissals can be excused? Personal illness or injury, medical appointments, family emergencies, the illness, injury or death of a family member, religious holidays, or absences resulting from disciplinary actions and/or suspensions.
- What happens if my child is tardy to class, arrives late or has an unexcused absence? Your student should sign in at the attendance office upon arrival.
- The Attendance Office requires a note from your child’s doctor if your child is absent due to illness or injury for an excessive number of days (3 or more school days) before excusing those absences.
- If an absence is excused, students shall be permitted upon request to make up all missed assignments outside of the class under reasonable conditions and time limits established by the school and/or teacher.
- What absences/tardies/early dismissals are unexcused?
All other reasons are considered unexcused, including absences/tardies caused by the student or parent oversleeping/“late starts.”
- Frequent and consistent tardies because of traffic will not be excused.
- At the teacher’s discretion, a student may or may not be permitted to make up missed assignments or exams as a result of an unexcused absence. Further, a student’s unexcused absence may disallow their participation in extra-curricular activities.
How are absences/tardies/early dismissals excused?
Students will need:
- A phone call or email (made to the Attendance Office phone/email) from the parent or guardian confirming his or her absence/tardy/early dismissal
- The Attendance Office requires the reason why your child is absent in your note, email or call. A parent’s request to “excuse my child’s absence” without a stated reason or with a reason that does not meet the criteria for excused absences will result in the child’s absence remaining unexcused.
If your student was marked absent by mistake, please contact the teacher that marked them absent. The Teacher’s permission is needed to remove an absence.
- What is a “Truant Day”?
A student is considered to be truant if he/she is without a valid excuse from classes for more than half of a school day without parent/guardian authorization. The missed periods do not have to be consecutive. According to Washington State truancy laws, the District is required to file a truancy petition against a student when the student has seven truant days in a calendar month or ten cumulative truant days in a school year.
- When parents/guardians fail to comply with the Compulsory Attendance law, the parents/guardians may also be subject to a truancy petition filed with Superior Court.
If you have specific questions about your student’s attendance, contact the Attendance Office at 206-252-4814