Student Attendance

Regular, punctual attendance is extremely important for your student’s educational progress, at all ages, and it's required by law. Our school office appreciates receiving a call when your student is going to be tardy or absent.

To report your student’s absence:  

Before 8:10 am, please call our Attendance Line to speak with our office staff, or leave a message. If you make this call, it will not be necessary to write a note after the absence. If the office has not heard from you by 9:00 am, parents/guardians will be notified.

Making up work:  Students who have been absent have the right to make up assigned work upon their return to school. It is the student's responsibility to obtain assigned work from their teacher upon returning. Failure to make up the missed assignments within the designated time may result in a reduction of the student's grade.

Truancy or unexcused tardiness:  Any student arriving late to school, after 8:15 am, is considered tardy. If you are tardy to school, you must report to the front office and sign in. Tardy students must have a pass from the office in order to be admitted to their classrooms. If you are more than 15 minutes late to any class, you are considered absent for the entire period. Please help teach your students the importance of punctuality:

  • 7:45 a.m. - School opens and breakfast is served.

  • 8:10 a.m. - 5 Minute Warning Bell rings. Students line up and enter their classrooms.

Athletic Attendance: All athletes are required to be present for the entire school day to participate at practice and events, the attendance office needs to hear from a parent to pre-arrange any absences for an athlete.

Attendance Line:

509 - 852 - 4878

Please include:

  • Student's name - please clarify spelling

  • Student's grade

  • Date of absence

  • Reason for absence

Peggy Hemley

Peggy Hemley

CERHS Attendance

Attendance Matters!


  • By being present at school, your student learns valuable social skills and has the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with other students and school staff.

  • Starting in kindergarten, absences can cause children to fall behind in school.

  • Missing 10 percent (just two days a month or about 18 days in a year) increases the chance that your student will not read or master math at the same level as their peers.

  • Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.

  • By 6th grade, absenteeism is a sign that a student may drop out of high school.

  • By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.


  • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.

  • Prepare for school the night before, finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep.

  • Follow our guidelines when to keep your student home due to illness.

  • If possible, avoid appointments and extended trips when school is in session.

  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.

  • Keep track of your student’s attendance. Missing more than 9 days could put your student at risk of falling behind.

  • Talk to your student about the importance of attendance.

  • Talk to your students’ teachers if you notice sudden changes in behavior.

  • Encourage meaningful afterschool activities, including sports and clubs.