Absence From School

Early Dismissal for appointments during school hours:  Please notify the attendance office at least one hour prior to departure.  This allows us enough time to get your student the pass they need to leave class, collect their things and come to the office to meet you.  We are only authorized to release students to those listed in Skyward.  The person picking up will need to come into the office to sign the student out. 

Late Arrival:  If arriving to school late (the courtyard gates will be closed) parents must accompany students into the office to sign them in - this is part of our Safe Arrival Program. 

Absent from School all day:  Notify the school attendance office no later than the morning your child is absent, by email or voicemail.  Please be sure to include the students' full name, date of absence & the reason for the absence.  

If no excuse is provided with the absence notification, or no notification is provided the day of absence: the parent/guardian must submit an excuse via phone, email or written note within forty-eight hours of the student’s return to school. Failure to provide a valid excuse within forty-eight hours will result in the absence being marked as unexcused. [See -here- for LWSD outlined Excused & Unexcused absences - 3122P.]

Pre-Arranged Absences: If your child will be absent for 3 or more consecutive days, your student needs to complete a Pre-Arranged Absence Form (below) and submit it to the Attendance Office.  It is recommended that your student start this process one week before the absence to ensure they get all teachers to fill out the form.  This form must be complete with all teachers initials/signatures before being turned in.  Please note that the school laptops were not intended for international use, and it is highly likely that they will not work if you try and use them outside the US.  Students should have a backup plan if they are planning on doing school work while they are absent.  Make sure the students bring their logins and passwords with them if they are going to log in on another computer.  


Pre-Arranged Absence Form (English)      Pre-Arranged Absence Form (Español)

How to Notify the Attendance Office:

  • Call (425) 936-2341 
  • Email FinnHillMSAttend@lwsd.org
  • Use Skyward Family Access absent requests online or Skyward Mobile App for full day absences only.