Tapteal Elementary School       https://www.rsd.edu/schools/tapteal
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Our goal for attendance is for all students to attend every day.  

2 Absence per month is considered Chronic Absenteeism.  Please attend school On-Time.

If Absent: please Contact Jonna.Dearinger@rsd.edu by email or call 509-967-6351.

Please get a Doctor’s note to the school if you see a Doctor for any reason during the school day.  This will excuse the absence and reduce the chances of having an attendance meeting.

Studies have shown a direct correlation between attendance and a child’s academic achievement.  The Washington State Legislature also recognized the importance of attendance by passing laws requiring regular attendance.  Therefore, it is important that parents, students and the school, work together to maximize student attendance.

A written or phoned excuse from the student’s parent is required within 48 hours of the student’s absence or the absence will be considered unexcused.  The attendance number is 967-6351.  A message can be left at any time during the day or night.  You may also e-mail attendance messages toJonna.Dearinger@rsd.edu. Upon parent request, homework will be requested from the teacher after the second day of absence.  Requests should be made in the morning in order to give the teacher time to prepare a packet.  The student is responsible for making up all work missed when absent.

Listed Tapteal Elementary attendance procedures designed to promote regular attendance, academic achievement and safety for all Tapteal students:


It is important that children come to school on time.  When students arrive late, they not only interrupt the class, but they also miss morning routines, as well as important classroom directions and instruction.  When your child arrives at school after 8:45 AM, he/she must be checked into the office. A parent must sign the child in at the front desk or send a note with them to explain the circumstances of the tardy.  After a student checks in with the office they will walk to class or be escorted to class by a staff member.  Excessive tardies will generate communication from the school.  When a student is given an unexcused tardy 10 or more times, problem solving may result. 

Early Pick-Ups

Please try to schedule appointments before or after school.  Students that miss school miss valuable education.  Excessive early pick-ups will generate communication from the school.

If you need to pick up your child, please come to the office and we will call your child to the office.  If you want to drop off lunch, money, or homework, please bring the item(s) to the office and we will make sure your child receives them.  In either case, please do not go to your child’s class.  You will need to sign the office register if children are being dropped off or picked up at times other than school opening or closing times.  Picture ID is required when picking up a student.  Messages for student regarding dismissal need to be called in prior to 2:30 p.m.  If a child arrives late to school, he/she must have a tardy slip to enter class.


All children leaving the school grounds during the school day must be checked out through the office.  Please sign the register provided on the front counter

Excused Absence

The following is a list of excused absences in the Richland School District:

  • Illness or health condition- must be verified by parent or guardian. In case of extended and excessive illness, the building administration will require a statement from a doctor.
  • Pre-arranged activities- such as vacation requests, requires building administration pre-approval to be excused.
  • School approved activities such as field trips.
  • Emergency situations- requires building administration approval to be excused.
  • Absences resulting from disciplinary actions such as suspension from school.

Procedures for Unexcused Absence and Excessive Absence

Step #1

  • On the first unexcused absence, parents will be contacted by the school, usually in the form of a letter in the mail.

Step #2

  • After the second unexcused absence in one month OR 7 unexcused absences in a year OR 10 total absences in a year, parents will be contacted by the school, usually by a call from the school office staff, to discuss your child’s attendance.  

Step #3

  • After 5 unexcused absences within a month OR 10 unexcused absences in a school year OR 15 total absences in a school year, parents will be contacted by the school, usually in the form of a letter in the mail.  A conference will be scheduled with the parents to discuss and sign an attendance plan for the remainder of the school year. 

 Step #4

  • If parents fail to attend the scheduled conference OR do not comply with the attendance plan established at the conference, a BECCA Bill petition will be filed with the juvenile court of Benton County.  The BECCA Bill petition is in accordance with state law requiring regular daily attendance of our students.