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For the fifth year in a row, the College Board named Lake Washington School District (LWSD) to its Annual AP District Honor Roll. LWSD is one of only 373 public school districts in the United States and Canada and one of four in Washington state to be honored. Lake Washington is one of two districts in the state to be a multi-year recipient of the AP Honor Roll Award.

At its December 3 meeting, Lake Washington School District’s (LWSD) Board of Directors passed Resolution No. 2259 to place a Capital Projects Levy on the April 23, 2019 ballot. This measure, if passed, authorizes a six-year levy totaling $120 million or an average of $20 million per year for six years. 

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    Student Absences and Excuses

    File: JED

    Importance of Regular Attendance
    The Lake Washington School District recognizes the importance of regular school attendance as a necessity for mastery of the educational program provided to students of the District. As such, students are expected to attend all assigned classes each day.

    Notice of Importance and Policies/Procedures
    At the beginning of each school year and when students enroll, the District shall inform students and their parents/guardians of the expectation that students attend all assigned classes each day, the benefits of regular school attendance, the consequences of truancy, the role and responsibility of the District regarding truancy, and resources available to assist the student and their parents or guardians in correcting truancy. The District will also make this information available online and will take reasonable steps to ensure parents are provided such information in a language they can understand. Parents will be required to acknowledge receipt of this information online or in writing.

    Attendance Records
    Each day, student absences and tardiness will be recorded for each class period or session.

    Excused Absences and Chronic Absenteeism
    Students may be excused from attendance subject to approval by the student’s parent and the school principal or designee based on valid excuse criteria outlined in regulation JED R.

    If a student is chronically absent, the school principal shall have reason to consider that further absences may have an adverse impact on the student’s educational progress and therefore that further absences shall not be considered excused until a conference is held to develop a plan to support the student and that the student is in compliance with such a plan.

    If families have prior knowledge that their student will be absent, they may pre-arrange for the absence to be excused. If the pre-arranged absence will result in the student being considered chronically absent the pre-arrangement process must include a plan indicating how the student will maintain sufficient educational progress.

    Unexcused Absences (Truancy)
    Any absence from school is unexcused unless it meets one of the criteria in JED-R for an excused absence. The school shall notify a student’s parent or guardian in writing or by telephone whenever the student has failed to attend school after any unexcused absence.

    Additional unexcused absences shall result in consequences consistent with state law and outlined in regulation JED-R.

    Specific Procedures
    Specific procedures governing attendance, chronic absenteeism, and truancy shall be outlined in regulation JED-R.


    Adopted
    08/07/67

    Revised
    01/06/86
    05/07/90
    10/07/96
    08/01/06
    08/07/17

    LEGAL REFS.:
    RCW 13.34.300
    28A.225.050-060
    28A.600.035
    WAC 392-400-233
    392-400-235
    392-400-325

    CROSS REFS.:
    IGAC, Teaching about Religion (IGAC-R)
    JED-R, Student Absences and Excuses
    JEA, Compulsory Attendance Ages

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    Foundations and Basic Commitments (Reference Code A)

    General School Administration (Reference Code C)

    District and school administrators working together

    Policies about the school district management, the administrative structure and school building and department administration. Here, you will find the personnel policies that pertain to one the superintendent. See the Personnel section below for all other personnel policies.

    Fiscal Management (Reference Code D)

    Support Services (Reference Code E)

    Facilities Development (Reference Code F)

    Personnel (Reference Code G)

    School principal and staff members working together in a classroomThe personnel policies are divided in three main subdivisions: topics that pertain to all employees; policies that pertain to professional personnel, including administrators, who must hold educational certification by the state to serve in their positions; and policies pertaining to all other personnel.

    Negotiations (Reference Code H)

    Staff members working together on a laptopThese policies pertain to the process of negotiating with staff units recognized by the school board.

    Instruction (Reference Code I)

    Student raises hand while elementary school teacher talks to classPolicies on instructional program: basic programs, special programs, activities programs, instructional resources and academic achievement.

    Students (Reference Code J)

    A group of diverse students sing during assemblyPolicies concerning students are found here: admissions, attendance, rights and responsibilities, conduct, discipline and health and welfare services. Policies pertaining to the curriculum, instruction of students, and extracurricular programs are in the Instruction section.

    School-Community Relations (Reference Code K)

    Community volunteer works with elementary school studentPolicies affecting relations with the general public and with community and public agencies except other educational agencies and groups.

    Education Agency Relations (Reference Code L)