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Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. We say their names not because they are the only three. They are three of many whose lives were taken and sadly, their names are now part of our history as a country that should be better because of the promise that was put forth that all people are created equal.

Lake Washington School District Community:

Over the past week we have watched events unfold across our country that reflect the anger and outrage that has once again been sparked by a senseless and horrific death.

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    Attendance Matters to Academic Performance

    School every day - it adds up

    Studies show children who miss too many days in kindergarten and first grade can struggle academically in later years. They often have trouble mastering reading by the end of third grade.

    By middle and high school, chronic absence is a leading warning sign that a student will drop out.

    Students are considered chronically absent if they miss 10% of school days...that's only two days a month.

    If your student is going to be absent from school, communicate with the school in advance. An academic plan may be needed to keep your student on track.

    While attendance is very important, please keep your child home if they are truly sick. See the Too Sick for School? page for more information.

    Parents and guardians can help support regular attendance by:

    • Avoiding extended vacations that require your children to miss school.
    • Trying to line up vacations and doctor’s appointments with the school’s schedule.
    • Setting a regular bedtime and morning routine allowing for 9 to 11 hours of sleep for younger students and 8 to 10 hours of sleep for older students.
    • Laying out clothes and packing backpacks the night before to make your morning routines run more smoothly.

    Attendance questions and answers