SchoolMessenger Attendance Calls for Elementary, Middle and High Schools

A Message from the Dept. of Teaching and Learning

Dear Families,

Good attendance habits are strongly linked to student academic success. Bellingham Public Schools would like to share a few helpful tips for families as you partner with us on this important strategy in a successful academic year.

Teachers are careful to take attendance at the beginning of every day in elementary school and at the beginning of every class at middle and high school for both safety and accountability reasons.

Our SchoolMessenger system will send out attendance calls for those with unexcused absences. Starting Monday, Jan. 22, these calls will go out at 10 a.m. for elementary schools, at 12:15 p.m. and a second call at 4 p.m. for middle schools, and at 6 p.m. for high schools. To avoid receiving these attendance calls, please call the school and excuse the absence as early in the day as possible in advance of these call-out times. offers the following tips to help your student maintain good attendance:

  • Help your child get into the habit and learn the value of regular routines.
  • Teach your child that attending school is non-negotiable unless they are truly sick.
  • Build relationships with other families and discuss how you can help each other out (e.g., drop off or pick up children, babysit, translation assistance) in times of need or emergencies.
  • Identify non-academic activities (like drama, art, music, or sports) that can help motivate your child’s interest in school and learning.

Thank you for taking time to read through the following information flyers and taking a moment to talk about attendance with your students.

Click here for the elementary school flyer.

Click here for the middle school/high school flyer.