Attendance

Thomas Jefferson High School Attendance Secretary, Ms. Johnson 253-945-5603

Did you know that TJ Students can now receive school-day wake up calls/texts directly to their cell phones with parent permission? Download the form and turn it in to the main office.  Also, see our 2015 Attendance Info Flyer.

Attendance FAQs for TJ Families

Q: My student is/will be late to class and I want to excuse him/her.
A: Just send a note with your student when they come to school. He/she simply drops the note off at the attendance office and gets a pass to class as applicable.

Q:My student has an appointment and needs to leave or be picked up early.
A: Again, just send a note with your student when they come to school. He/she drops the note off at the attendance office and the secretary will prepare an off-campus pass that will be ready in time for them to leave campus.

Q: My student is sick and needs to go home.
A: Sick students needs to go to the health room to see the nurse! If your student calls or texts you from class saying they need to go home sick, please re-direct them to the nurse. The nurse will call you if they need to go home, and will even write up their off-campus pass to leave or be picked up.

Q: I received a phone call saying my student was tardy or absent, but my student says he/she was present.
A: Have your student go to the attendance office, where they will receive a print-out of that absence. The student will then take the print-out to their teacher for correction, if it was in error. Return the corrected print-out to the attendance office for update in the system.

When sending a note with your student, be sure to include the following information: Student name, Student ID number (if known), Parent/Guardian Name & Signature, and contact number in case the attendance office has questions.

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Dear Parent/Guardian:

Regular school attendance and participation is essential for your student’s mastery of the educational program.  There are also state laws that require that all children under the age of 18 attend school every day.

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Getting to school on time is important!

Tardy Policy (As it appears in the Student Handbook/Planner)

  • If a student arrives less than ten minutes late to class, they will go directly to class and will be marked tardy.
  • If a student arrives ten minutes after the bell has rung, they will be marked as absent, until they check in at the attendance office before going to class.
  • Repeated tardiness will be subject to disciplinary action.
  • Students with continuous tardies or absences, excused or unexcused, may be required to attend a conference with their parents and an administrator.
  • Absences not covered by a telephone call or parental note within 2 school days of the absences will be deemed unexcused.

It is important in any educational program that students be punctual and regular in their attendance. State law also mandates attendance through the BECCA process. The education process requires continuity of instruction and classroom participation which is lost with excessive absences. Regular attendance also establishes habits of punctuality and dependability, qualities that will be valuable to students throughout their adult lives.

Home instruction is available for students with a medically prescribed confinement that will be of one month duration or longer which is verified by a physician (P & R 5113, RCW 28A.27.010).