District Attendance Information

Attend. Achieve. Succeed. Everyday Counts, Every Student Matters

Thank you for visiting to the Seattle Public Schools' page dedicated to answering frequently asked questions about attendance and truancy. We want your student in school, in class, every day.

Please contact your student's school directly if:

  • Your student will be, is, or was absent, or
  • You have a question about an automated message you've received

If you are wondering if your child is too sick to attend school, use this guide and contact your school's nurse or your child's health care provider if you have further questions.

If you have any other questions or concerns about your student's attendance, do not hesitate to contact you student's school, or our office.

Why does good school attendance matter?

Students who miss school are not able to contribute to their classes, miss valuable instruction, and may drop out of school later and limit their future education and career opportunities.

What does Washington State law say about attending school?

Washington law states that parents/guardians are required to have their school-age children enrolled in an educational program and to take steps to insure regular daily school attendance. 

Read more on our attendance and truancy FAQ webpage.

Seattle Public Schools Reducing Chronic Absenteeism

Seattle Public Schools, along with the Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) and neighboring districts, have committed to addressing chronic absenteeism.

Our goal is to have 80 percent of our students in school on time and in class for the first 20 days of the 2016-17 school year.

Read more about the district efforts to reduce chronic absenteeism.

Attendance resources




Representatives' School Assignments

Contact Us

Brad Fulkerson
Program Manager

Jessie Jimenez
Truancy Representative

Sharon Peterson
Truancy Representative

Billy Hairston
Truancy Representative

Demetrice Wheeler
Interagency Truancy Representative

SPS Resources

Truancy Brochurepdf icon

Attendance - School Board Policy No 3121pdf icon

Superintendent Procedure No 3121SPpdf icon

District Attendance Letter (english)pdf icon

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