School Hours and Attendance
Elementary Early Schools: 8:30 am – 2:50 pm
BBC, Burton, ECC, Marrion & Crestline
Elementary Late Schools: 9:15 am – 3:35 pm
Columbia Valley, Ellsworth, Endeavour, Fircrest, Fisher’s, Harmony, Hearthwood, Illahee, Image, Mill Plain, Orchards, Pioneer, Riverview, Sifton, Silver Star, Sunset & York.
Middle Schools will be 8:15 am – 2:50 pm
High Schools will be 7:45 am - 2:20 pm
Absences and Early Releases
Absences: Parents should contact the school by 9 a.m. if their child(ren) will miss school due to illness, family emergencies, or other excused reasons. At the elementary school level, the school will attempt to contact parents if a child is absent and no contact is made by 9 a.m.
Early Releases: A student wishing to leave school during school hours must have a note from a parent or guardian stating the reason and time of release. A parent or guardian also must sign out the student at the appointed hour. If a student is going home by any other means than usual, the school office should be notified.
All students ages of 8 and under 18 years are required by Washington state law to attend school regularly. If a parent or guardian enrolls a child at 6 or 7 years of age, the child is required by law to attend the full school session. To ensure compliance, the Evergreen Public Schools takes regular attendance in each school and has set a policy for excused and unexcused absences.
Parents or guardians must provide the school an excuse for any absence or late arrival in the form of a note or personal contact with school officials. (Please refer to your child's individual school student handbook.) Any absence not properly explained within three days of the student returning to school will not be excused without approval from an administrator.
Extended Absences: Absences of five days or more due to illness or other health conditions require a note from a doctor or appropriate medical provider.
Excused Absences: Valid reasons for an excused absence include:
- Illness or health conditions
- Family emergencies
- Participation in school-approved activities
- Parent-approved activities
- Disciplinary action or short-term suspensions
- Observance of religious holidays
- Other absences as permitted by law
All other absences will be considered unexcused and may result in disciplinary action and affect a student’s grades. (Please refer to your child's individual school student handbook.)
Pre-Arranged Absences: Elementary and secondary students must follow separate procedures to secure a pre-arranged absence, which includes vacations or other pre-planned extended activities.
Parents of elementary students must contact the school principal to gain approval for a pre-arranged absence.
Secondary students should take the following steps:
- Bring a note from a parent or guardian to the Attendance Office stating the dates and reasons for the absence. (Please refer to your child(ren)'s individual school's student handbook.)
- Take a pre-arranged absence form to each of the student’s teachers to sign.
- Return the form to the Attendance Office when completed.
- Students must be in attendance at least 1/2 day to participate in practices, activities and/or athletics.
- Upon returning to school, contact the Attendance Office and follow the normal procedure for an excused absence.
Unexcused Absences: The school district will take the following action related to unexcused absences, such as skipping school.
- On the first unexcused absence in any month, the school will notify a parent by phone or in writing of the student’s absence and of potential consequences for further unexcused absences.
- On the second unexcused absence in any month, a conference will be scheduled with parents or guardians and the student to discuss the absences. After five unexcused absences, an attendance agreement is required to be signed.
- If the student reaches seven unexcused absences in any month, or 10 unexcused absences in the current school year, the district is required to file a petition in juvenile court alleging a violation of Washington state’s mandatory attendance law.