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    Good Attendance Matters at Whitman MS

    Whitman's main goal is the success of your student and a key component to that is having your student at school. We are committed to having every student to share in the full experience of learning here at Whitman and to get that they must be here. But, on the occasion that a school day is missed, please let us know in advance, if possible, by contacting us via email at or please call us at 206-252-1204 as soon as you can. A written note regarding the absence when your child returns to school is required.

    SPS Attendance Procedures

    Absence means any time a student can not be at school. For further details please read the full Truancy Brochure.

    Excused absences include but not limited to:

    • Student injury or illness
    • Medical appointments
    • Family emergency (such as death in the family, parent hospitalization, etc.)

    Unexcused Absences include:

    • Oversleeping,
    • Student missing the bus
    • Transportation problems
    • Student for used to babysitting
    • Family Vacations
    • Student on waitlist for another school

    Early Release of your Student

    Please email or send a signed note and have the student deliver it to Attendance Secretary in the Main Office before first period, you may also call 206.252.1204. The student has to be sign-out and picked up in the Main Office to people currently listed  on the SPS "Student Contact" list. Please make sure to update your Student's Contact list whenever there are changes.

    Green Cards

    To ride a yellow bus home with a friend, parent/guardian must send a signed note with friend's name/bus number and deliver to Attendance Secretary prior to the start-of-the school day. Green Cards will be prepared and students can pick up at lunch. Phone calls/emails will not be accepted as permission. Note: No Green Cards will be issued after school.

    Attendance Policy

    Read more about State and district attendance policies on the Seattle Public Schools website.​