Monroe High School wants your student to be successful.  Encouraging your student to attend school regularly and to be on time for class each day is very important.  It leads to a positive learning environment for everyone.


Students are expected to attend all assigned classes each day.  If your student is absent, we encourage families to excuse the absence within 72 hours. 

Parents and/or guardians can excuse students by:
  1. Calling the attendance line at 360.804.4501--this number is available 24 hours a day
  2. A written note signed by the parent/guardian
  3. Entering absence online via Family Access
  4. An email from the parents/guardians email account to the attendance secretary at
When notifying MHS of a student’s absence, please indicate:
  • Student's first and last name
  • Date(s) of absence(s)
  • Reason for the absence(s)

Please note - the attendance line rings frequently during the day. If you call and receive our voicemail, please leave a message.  Voicemail is checked regularly throughout the day.

Every effort will be made to record all attendance notifications by 3:00 p.m.  Notifications received after 3:00 p.m. will be recorded the next school day. Parents/guardians can view their student's attendance history by logging into Family Access

All parents/guardians should receive an automated School Messenger phone call, text, and/or email if your student has been marked absent for one or more classes in a day.


If a student was marked absent by a teacher and you believe it is an error, the student should contact the teacher.  The teacher can then ask the Attendance Office to update/correct the student's attendance record.

If a student has been marked absent by a substitute teacher, the student can either contact the substitute teacher or the regular classroom teacher who can advise the Attendance Office to update the attendance record. Most often, the regular classroom teacher is able to determine if the student was in class based on work completed or turned in.

The Attendance Office will not excuse a student marked absent by a teacher or a substitute teacher without confirmation that there was an error.


To help minimize classroom disruptions, please notify the attendance office as early as possible if your student needs to be released early. Early notification enables your student to be ready to leave on their own or ready for parents/guardians to pick up at the specified time.  We appreciate your cooperation.