Attendance Matters!

The Puyallup School District cares about the academic achievement of each of our students. We know that attendance is vital to academic success, and unexcused absences are an early warning sign for unaddressed problems with school and future dropout.

Washington law, known as the Becca Law, requires children from age 8 to 17 to attend a public school, private school, or to receive home-based instruction (homeschooling) as provided in subsection (4) of RCW 28A.225.010.

Children who are 6- or 7-years-old are not required to be enrolled in school. However, if parents enroll their 6- or 7-year-old, the student must attend full-time. Youth who are 16 or older may be excused from attending public school if they meet certain requirements.

Services and Resources

Positive Steps

The Puyallup School District partners with Puget Sound ESD’s Positive Steps program to support students and families who are chronically truant. Families and students involved in the Positive Steps program work together with an advocate to develop goals and create an action plan to improve school attendance.

Community Truancy Board

The Puyallup School District holds Community Truancy Board sessions twice monthly. Our vision is to improve attendance by building bridges between home and school.

Resources for Parents

http://www.attendanceworks.org/tools/for-parents/

For information about the Becca Bill and Compulsory Attendance go to http://www.k12.wa.us/gate/truancy/