LRMS ATTENDANCE LINE: 503-825-5810
If your student is going to be absent from school for any reason,
please call the attendance line before 8:00 am.
Julie Scoggin, Attendance Secretary
For students to be successful in school, they
need to be in school.
missing school without permission.
- Chronic Absenteeism: missing 10% or
more of school for any reason—excused absence, unexcused absence, or
- A growing consensus among researchers points
to chronic absence as one of the strongest but most overlooked indicators that
a student will become disengaged, fall behind academically, fail courses, and
eventually drop out of school.
- By 6th grade, chronic absenteeism
is one of the three signs 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
- Students are required to regularly
attend. Oregon law defines irregular attendance
as 8 unexcused one-half day absences, or the equivalent thereof, in any
four-week period. In addition, now five
or more absences in any three month period is considered irregular attendance
as well. The law requires school
administrators to take action should students fall outside of these parameters.
- Chronic absenteeism has significant negative
effects on a school. Students fall
behind, and teachers must continually work to catch students up.
- Three-fourths of students in the criminal
justice system have histories of chronic absence. Truant students have been found to be two
times more likely to be arrested, five times more likely to commit serious
property crime, and four times more likely to commit assault.
- Students who are chronically absent miss an
important life skill—dependability.
Regular attendance and follow through on projects are some of the main
predictors of job success or failure.
Sick is too Sick for School?
Because regular attendance at school is so important,
use the following guidelines to decide when your child is too sick to
attend. In general, children are too
sick to attend school when:
- They are contagious.
- They are running a fever of 100 degrees or
- If a sore throat or coughing is accompanied
by a fever, headache, stomachache, or swollen glands.
Healthy Sleep Habits.
Did you know that your teen needs 8 ½ to 9 ½ hours of
sleep every night? Here are some things
- Minimize activities involving bright lights,
excitement, or stress in the hour before bedtime. (This includes exercise, video games, cell
phone use, television.)
- Restrict cell phones and other electronics
from your teen’s bedroom during sleeping hours.
For example, have a charging station in your bedroom for electronics at night.
- Avoid having your teen eat anything 2-3
hours prior to bedtime and caffeine in the afternoons/evenings.
- Encourage your teen to stick to the same
bedtime and wake up time, even on weekends.
ARRIVING LATE TO SCHOOL OR LEAVING EARLY
Students who arrive at school late must check in at the attendance office for a tardy slip to class. A student will receive a tardy slip and be sent to class. Students who become ill or injured during the day, or for some other reason need to leave school, must come to the attendance office so parents may be notified. Students who leave without the authorization of the attendance office will be considered to have skipped class and will be subject to disciplinary action.
*All absences must be excused within 48 hours. Any absence not excused within 48 hours will be considered truancy.
Any anticipated absence from school that will be more than one day must be pre-arranged. Absences will be excused for legitimate family matters if they are pre-arranged by a parent note or the completion of the Pre-arranged Absence Form
. These family matters may include:
- Funerals and marriages
- Family holidays (not to exceed 10 days)
- Court appearances
- College visitations
Students are responsible for collecting teacher signatures on the
Pre-arranged Absence Form
, and must return this form to the front office at least one day prior to their absence. Students are expected to complete any assignments or assessments required by their teachers upon their return. Anticipated absences that are not pre-arranged will be counted as unexcused.
ABSENCES AND ACADEMIC WORK
Students may complete all work assigned or collected by their teacher during an excused absence. Teachers will make reasonable arrangements regarding missed due dates resulting from absences. A student has no right to earn credit for assignments completed during an unexcused absence.
Please check teachers' websites
or email teachers directly to request assignments. Students with prolonged absences may contact the counseling office at 503-825-5870 for assistance.