Attendance phone number: 503-408-2689
Attendance secretary: Ms. Laura Farrell
ATTENDANCE (Board Policy JEA)
All students between the ages of 7 and 18, who have not completed grade 12, are required to attend school unless otherwise exempted by law. School staff will monitor and report violations of the state compulsory attendance law. Any parent who fails to send a student to school within three (3) days of notification by the district that their student is not complying with compulsory attendance requirements may be issued a citation by the district for the student’s failure to attend school. Violation is a Class C violation of law and is punishable by a court imposed fine up to $150 as provided by ORS 339.925.
The district will notify the parent in writing that, in accordance with law, the superintendent will schedule a conference with the non-attending student and his/her parent(s) to discuss attendance requirements. The written notice will include the following:
1. The superintendent has the authority to enforce the provisions of the compulsory attendance laws;
2. Failure to send a student to school is a class C violation;
3 A citation may be issued by the district in the amount of a $150.00;
4. A conference with the parent and student is required.
The written notification will be in the native language of the parent. Additionally, a parent or guardian, or other person lawfully charged with the care or custody of a student under 15 years of age, may be found by the courts to have committed the offense of failing to supervise a child who has failed to attend school as required.Violations, as determined by the court, may be punishable by a requirement to complete a parent effectiveness program approved by the court and/or a fine of not more than $600.
Students who fail to maintain regular enrollment in school may have either their driving privileges suspended or the right to apply for driving privileges suspended.
Absences and Excuses (Board Policy JED)
Parents/Guardians are to CALL THE ATTENDANCE LINE AT 503-408-2689 ON THE DAY OF THE ABSENCE. IF THE CALL WAS NOT MADE, A STUDENT MUST BRING A NOTE THE DAY THEY HAVE RETURNED. It must be signed by the parent and describe the reason for the absence. Absence from school or class will be excused under the following circumstances: (Missing your ride or over-sleeping are not considered excused absences).
1. Illness of the student;
2. Illness of an immediate family member when the student’s presence at home is necessary;
3. Emergency situations that require the student’s absence;
4. Field trips and school-approved activities;
5. Medical or dental appointments. Confirmation of appointments is required;
6. Other reasons deemed appropriate by the school administrator when satisfactory arrangements have been made in advance of the absence.
Students may be excused on a limited basis from a pre-planned classroom activity or from selected portions of the established curriculum on the basis of a disability or for personal, religious or ethnic considerations.
A student who has an excused absence from class is to be permitted to make up assignments missed. The student is expected to make arrangements with the teacher the first day back in class for the work missed due to absence.
STUDENTS MUST CHECK OUT AT THE ATTENDANCE OFFICE BEFORE LEAVING CAMPUS. The attendance clerk will keep your excuse from your parent or guardian. You are to check back in if you return on the same day. Your parent or guardian may also call and excuse you over the attendance line at 503-408-2689. A student who becomes ill during the school day should, with the teacher’s permission, report to the main office. The school nurse/office staff will decide whether or not the student should be sent home and will notify the student’s parent as appropriate.
In order for a student to check out from school, the student’s parent/guardian must telephone the Attendance Office or send written notification to the school prior to checkout of the student. Upon checkout, the student will be given an off-campus pass.
A Student who leaves the campus without following the correct checkout procedure (e.g., a student who leaves the campus without obtaining an off-campus pass) will be considered unauthorized off campus and will be given the appropriate consequences.
Parents should contact the attendance office to arrange for the collection of homework assignments for a student who will be absent several days. Failure to make-up assigned work within a reasonable amount of time as allowed by the teacher will result in a grade of zero for the assignment. Absenteeism will not be used as a sole criterion for the reduction of grades.
ATHLETES AND PARTICIPANTS IN ACTIVITIES ARE NOT PERMITTED TO PARTICIPATE IN SCHEDULED ATHLETIC CONTESTS OR ACTIVITIES IF THEY HAVE AN ABSENCE DURING THE DAYPRIOR TO COMPETITION. All exceptions must be approved and in writing from the Athletic Director or Assistant Principal. (Refer to the Guidelines for Athletics and Activities)
Exemption From Compulsory Attendance
The school may grant an exemption from compulsory attendance to the parent of a student who is 16 or 17 years of age or an emancipated minor provided the student is:
1. Employed full-time;
2. Employed part-time and enrolled in school part-time;
3. Enrolled in a community college or other state-registered alternative education program.
All such requests must be submitted in writing to the principal and include documentation of the student’s employment by the employer, or enrollment status by the school. The school requires notification should the student’s employment or enrollment status be terminated.
Requests will be considered only following a conference with the student and parent or emancipated student and a review of credits earned for graduation, grades, disability, if applicable, standardized assessment results, teacher evaluations, counselor appraisal, immediate plans, short-range and career goals and any other pertinent information.
Approved exemptions will be in writing and include information on alternative education programs of instruction or instruction combined with counseling that may be available. Exemptions will be granted for a limited time only, must be renewed on a semi-annual basis and will be reviewed by the school no later than the [second week] of each semester. Parents will be notified of the need to reapply for an exemption no later than the [second week) of each semester or return the student to school until a high school [diploma] or GED is earned or until the student reaches age 18.
Students are expected to be in class on time. Any student entering class within the first 10 minutes but after the bell will be given a tardy. Those who are tardy will be subject to the following consequences each semester:
1st t thru 3rd Tardies
Detention assigned by teacher
Referral and after school detention assigned by administrator
Referral with appropriate consequences by administrator
A student who is absent from school or from any class without permission will be considered truant and will be subject to disciplinary action including detention, saturday school, suspension, expulsion, ineligibility to participate in or attend athletics or other activities and/or loss of driving privileges.
Any student truant from school will be permitted to make up missed work AT THE DISCRETION OF THE TEACHER.