Every day is important at Lincoln High School. Good school attendance is important to a student’s ongoing success and credit accumulation. Students are expected, and required by Washington State Law, to attend school every day that school is in session, except for the following excused absences:
- student illness
- family emergency
- doctor or dental appointments
- prearranged trip
An unexcused absence will be counted if a student has unexcused absences from four individual class periods. These absences from class do not have to occur on the same day, but accumulate throughout the year. Further, a student will be marked absent from an individual class period if they are more than ten minutes late to class.
Parent/guardians are expected to notify the school office in case of an absence immediately. If the office is not notified by telephone or a note indicating the reason for the absence within 3 days, the absence will be considered truancy
All students need to check in and out of school through the main office. Students must have office and parent approval to leave campus anytime during the school day with the exception of the lunch period. If a student is reported absent by school staff an attempt will be made to contact the parent/guardian by telephone as soon as possible. When a student is absent, make-up work is the student’s responsibility. Grades may be affected by poor attendance, therefore it is extremely important for students to communicate with their teachers to make up work missed due to illness or pre-arranged absences.
For parents wishing to have a student released from school for reasons other than illness, permission will be granted subject to the following conditions:
- A request by parent/guardian should be made in advance of the absence either by sending a note or calling the school office (527-3083).
- The student must pick up a Pre-Trip form from the office, obtain classroom assignments and teachers' signatures, have a parent/guardian sign after reading teacher's comments, and then return the form to the office for approval.
- Make-up work is the student's responsibility. Classroom participation is difficult to make up; therefore, a student's grade may be affected by absences.
- Teachers are not responsible for providing tests early to accommodate for pre-arranged absences.
Being on time is an important life skill to learn to be successful at school and in the work place. The Lincoln Tardy Policy is to help teach our students the importance of punctuality and responsibility. The following consequences for tardies may apply at teacher discretion:
-Lunch detention or after school detention in the teacher's classroom
-Lunch detention in the ISS room
-Contact with parent/guardian
-Thirty minutes of detention after school
-Parent/student conference to determine an intervention that may include an attendance
contract and/or alternative placement considerations