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    Remote Learning Attendance Procedures, 2020-2021

    We want to help while Students and their families adapt to Remote Learning. If a student is having difficulty with the adjustment or has any questions, please contact their Teacher or Counselor for help. Use the green “Staff” button at top of the website for contact information for Ballard HS Counselors and Teachers.

    During Remote Learning Parents/Guardians can report absences either by sending an email to the Ballard HS Attendance Office at: or by calling the Main Office at (206) 252-1000. If you leave a voice mail message please be sure to include your student’s name, your name, reason for the absence, and the date of absence.

    Absences will be “Excused” or “Unexcused” depending on the “Reason for the Absence”.

    Pre-Planned Absences

    For pre-planned absences of two or more days send an email to all the student’s Teachers and the Attendance Office at least three days before the absence begins. Include Student’s First and Last Name, Date absence begins and ends and the reason for the absence.

    Excused Absence Reasons

    Illness and Health Conditions, Medical Appointments including dental and counseling appointments. COVID-19 related absences. Family Emergencies, Religious or cultural including religious or cultural holidays and instruction. Court or court ordered activity. Absences directly related to student’s homeless or migrant status. Safety concerns including threats, assaults or bullying.

    Unexcused Absences

    Family trips or vacations, unknown reasons and absences that do not meet the excused absence criteria.

    Definition of absence from remote learning

    Student did not participate in planned instructional activities on a scheduled remote learning day, evidence of student participation may include daily logins, interactions with the teacher including emails, phone calls or video chats, evidence of participation in an assignment.

    School Messenger Automated Messages

    School Messenger sends automated attendance calls and emails to notify parents/guardians of student absences. If you have not already emailed the Ballard HS Attendance Office regarding the absence you can reply to the School Messenger email to excuse the absence. Please do not respond to School Messenger if you have already emailed the Attendance Office. Absences can’t always be excused before the School Messenger calls and sends emails.

    If your child was marked absent by mistake, please contact the teacher that marked them absent. The Teacher's permission is needed to remove an absence. The Teacher has 48 hours to make the correction, or they can contact The Attendance Office to make the correction.

    You can also refer to the Seattle Public Schools District Website 2020-21 Remote Learning Attendance for more information.

    Ms. March, Ballard HS Attendance Secretary