Report an Absence

Students are expected to attend all assigned classes each day. It is important that you call the office whenever your student will be absent from school.

Call 425-408-7010

Arrival & Attendance

Attendance

Bothell High School Attendance Secretary Amanda Lamer

Amanda can be reached at alamer@nsd.org or by phone at 425-408-7010 (24 hour voice mail).
 
This site is designed to support strong student attendance at Bothell High School. Students who miss more than 10 days a year are 20% less likely to graduate from high school and 25% less likely to ever enroll in college.

Information on State Laws on Attendance 
 
 Skipping a class or full day of school can really add up over time. Find out how your missed days affect your chances of graduating on time by using this attendance calculator

Learn more about Bothell High's attendance philosophy by downloading the BHS Student Expectations Contract.

Philosophy:
Daily attendance and active participation in each class is a critical part of the learning process. The
following polices and procedures are designed to help students learn responsibility and increase their
potential for success. As part of recognizing the importance of this issue, parents and student are
responsible for both being aware of student’s attendance and correcting any error in a timely manner.
Credit is lost if a student accumulates 3 or more unexcused absences or 10 or more absences total in

any class. School-related absences (ie: field trips) do NOT count toward the total of 10. Individual
teacher policies may include grade or disciplinary consequences related to attendance. Refer to teacher
syllabus for specifics. Progressive discipline may be assigned for unexcused absences. Students who
do NOT meet these attendance requirements will lose credit and must appeal to have credit restored.
Each student signs a Student Contract, viewable at www.nsd.org/bhsattendance, at the beginning of
each year.
Guidelines:
Absences must be in consecutive periods in order to be excused. An attendance profile is sent home
when a student accumulates six (6) absences and again at ten (10) absences. A letter is also sent
when a student has two (2) unexcused absences. In cases of excessive absences, the District may
initiate a truancy petition with the courts. Missing 15 minutes or more of any one class is considered
an absence, and must be excused accordingly.

Excusing absences:
Excuse must include reason student was not in school.
1. Absences must be cleared within two school days by a parent or guardian in one of the following ways:
a. phone call to the attendance office 425-408-7010. The machine is on 24 hours a day.
b. Written excuse signed by the parent/guardian.
2. Absences not excused within two school days will remain unexcused absences. It is the student’s responsibility to have their parents excuse absences on time.
3. Verification from a medical professional may be required for excessive absences.

All written and called in absences are kept on file.

Early dismissals:
Students must sign out in the attendance office at all times before leaving school including early dismissals for appointments or illness.  Leaving campus without checking out in the attendance office is considered an unexcused absence and may result in discipline. The attendance office will not accept notes or phone calls “after the fact.”


Prearranged absences:
We recognize there are reasons for a student missing school, but students can only maximize their educational experience by being in attendance. Please limit absences for trips, appointments, etc while school is in session. These absences could result in loss of credit. If a student anticipates a prolonged
absence, the student must complete an Absence Contract. This form is available in the attendance office.


Makeup for excused absences:
Refer to each teacher’s course syllabi for assignment make-up policies and procedures.
 
Unexcused absences (Truancy):
Unauthorized absences from school, classes, resource period, or campus at any time other than lunch will be considered truancy.
1. Single period absences will result in progressive discipline. Consequences progress from lunch duty to after school detention to Saturday school.
2. Accumulating three or more unexcused absences in any class will result in loss of credit and the student will need to appeal to restore their credit.

Arrival & Dismissal Procedures

Students must sign out in the attendance office at all times before leaving school including early dismissals for appointments or illness.  Leaving campus without checking out in the attendance office is considered an unexcused absence and may result in discipline. The attendance office will not accept notes or phone calls “after the fact.”

Visitors

BHS is committed to providing a safe and productive school and work place. Volunteer participation
is welcomed and supported as long it is prearranged. Student guests and/or their siblings or other
relatives are not allowed to attend classes at BHS. To help ensure safety of students, staff, parents
and volunteers, all visitors to our campus must sign in and out at the main office and wear a
visitor nametag. Students with off campus courses arriving prior to the start of their BHS class(es)
need to sign in and go to a pre-arranged supervised location. Early dismissal students need to leave
BHS IMMEDIATELY following the conclusion of their last BHS class. BHS alumni who wish to visit
staff members may do so after school and must first check in at the main office. Unidentified or
unknown persons without a visitor badge will be directed to the main office.

Pre-Arranged Absences

We recognize there are reasons for a student missing school, but students can only maximize their educational experience by being in attendance. Please limit absences for trips, appointments, etc while school is in session. These absences could result in loss of credit. If a student anticipates a prolonged
absence, the student must complete an Absence Contract. This form is available in the attendance office.

Deliveries & Appointments

If you forget an item at home and have it dropped off in office, stop by during passing or lunch to pick it up. In an effort to limit classroom disruptions, we are not able to deliver items or send a note to class unless an emergency.

Parking & Transportation

Parking Information

Parking Information Parking Registration Form (no longer available for download)
Space is Limited! 
Student parking is a privilege. Parking is for juniors and seniors and those taking part in Satellite/
WaNIC, Running Start or 0 period classes. Dependent on space availability, spring semester
parking MAY be available for sophomore drivers. Parking stickers are NON-TRANSFERRABLE.

 

Replacement fee for lost stickers - $35 and NO ON CAMPUS PARKING until the replacement sticker
is purchased.
 
Students requesting to park their cars on school grounds will:
1. Complete the BHS Vehicle Registration & Campus Parking Guidelines
2. Provide a valid driver’s license and proof of vehicle insurance
3. Register each vehicle prior to parking on campus
4. Position stickers so the number is clearly visible
5. Pay all fines in full at the time that a parking pass is requested

By registering to park at Bothell students’ cars may be subjected to search if there is suspicion of
contraband items. If evidence of a violation of district rules is suspected and the student refuses to
cooperate in a personal search, the student should be held until his/her parent or guardian is
available to consent to the search.

BHS will not be responsible for vandalism to vehicles on campus or to vehicles that are hit due to
negligence. On campus drivers must be in complete compliance with Washington State laws. Drivers
who have had their intermediate license less than six months cannot drive with other students in their
vehicles.

* Sophomores are not permitted to park on campus first semester.
* Students without parking authorization will not be allowed to park on campus.
* Students who illegally park on campus may lose their parking privileges for the following year(s).
* Careless driving and/or violating basic driving laws on campus or in adjacent neighborhood areas
   may result In disciplinary action and the loss of campus parking privileges.
* Leaving campus during any time other than lunch will result in a fine and loss of parking
   privileges.
* Students may not park in designated Staff or Visitor spaces at any time; violators will be ticketed.
* Parking is not allowed in the church parking lot without a church authorization form. Violators will
  be subject to the parking penalties (see below).

Students who do not abide by the signed “Student Vehicle Registration and Campus Parking
Guidelines” will be subject to the following penalties:

REGISTERED VEHICLES: Parking Penalties
1st violation    $10.00 parking fine
2nd violation   $20.00 parking fine
3rd violation    $30.00 parking fine + vehicle impounded at owner’s expense
Possibility of having your registration revoked and/or car impounded at owners expense

NON-REGISTERED VEHICLES: Parking Penalties
1st violation    $25.00 parking fine
2nd violation   $30.00 parking fine + meeting with the Asst. Principal/Parent
3rd violation    $35.00 parking fine + vehicle impounded at owners expense

To appeal the citation and fine, a written appeal must be provided to Campus Supervisor within 48
hours from the date of the citation.
If you have questions regarding parking, please contact Wendy Wands at wwands@nsd.org or by phone at 425-408-7061.

Contact

Attendance Secretary

Amanda Lamer

Phone Number

425-408-7010

Email

alamer@nsd.org

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