Carnation ELEMENTARY ATTENDANCE PROCEDURES:
What if my student is absent from school?
Please call the school office at 425-844-4550 to report an absence or leave a message at any time.You may also email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please state the reason for your absence. If your student is ill, please give specific details as the state requires us to report illness symptoms.
In accordance with RSD Procedure P3005-5, the following are valid excuses for absences and tardiness:
- Participation in school-approved activity. To be excused, this absence must be authorized by a staff member and the affected teacher must be notified prior to the absence unless it is clearly impossible to do so. Please submit a "Planned Absence" form.
- Absence due to illness, health condition, family emergency. The parent is expected to notify the school office via phone, fax, or email, or send a note of explanation with the student within ten (10) working days upon his/her return to school
- Absence for parental approved activities, including religious purposes. This category of absence, which must be submitted in writing prior to the absence, shall be counted as excused for purposes agreed upon by the parent. An absence may not be approved if it causes a serious adverse effect on the student's educational progress. Please submit a "Planned Absence" form. Planned Absence forms are available in the school office or on the Carnation website and must be approved by the principal BEFORE your child's absence.
- Absence resulting from disciplinary actions - or short-term suspension.
If you do not report your student's absence to the Carnation office, we will consider the absence unexcused. We do make "safe arrival" calls when we have absent students who have not been reported. Always call the school office, even if you have spoken to your student's teacher.
What do I do if I have to pick my student up early from school?
To ensure that a child is taken from school only by an authorized person, a note from home must be presented to his/her teacher or office staff or a phone call made to the office before the child is released. When the parent/guardian arrives to pick up their child they will sign the child out and the office staff will call the student down to the office. No one is to leave the school grounds without permission.
My student has medication needs during the day. What do I need to do?
All medications, prescriptions and over the counter (including topical creams, cough drops, Tylenol and other various over the counter drugs) must be authorized by a physician using the official district "Oral Medication Authorization" form. For your convenience we can FAX a copy of the form to your doctor after you have filled out the parent section.
When to keep your student home, or when your student might be sent home.
If your child is ill to the extent that it will be difficult for him or her to participate in the activities of a normal day, it is best to keep your child home. If your child becomes ill while at school or receives an injury that requires further medical attention, you will be notified immediately.
As a general rule, if your child has a temperature of 100 degrees or above, we will call for them to go home. We will call regarding the following conditions:
- temperature of 100 degrees F or more
- vomiting or diarrhea
- what appears to be pink eye, with or without drainage
- body rash especially with a fever
- lice, lice eggs, or scabies until treated. We have a nit free policy and ask that you always contact the office.
- chronic cough
- injury that needs a medical opinion
Please be sure to notify the office if your child will be absent. For additional health information, you may contact our District Nurse, Kristin Uselman at 425-844-4596