If your student is going to be absent from school for any reason, 

please call the attendance line before 8:00 am.   

Thank you!

Julie Scoggin, Attendance Secretary


For students to be successful in school, they need to be in school.


  • Truancy:  missing school without permission.
  •  Chronic Absenteeism: missing 10% or more of school for any reason—excused absence, unexcused absence,  or suspension.


  • 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 test scores.
  • 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.

     How 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 higher.
  •     If a sore throat or coughing is accompanied by a fever, headache, stomachache, or swollen glands.

     Develop Healthy Sleep Habits.

     Did you know that your teen needs 8 ½ to 9 ½ hours of sleep every night?  Here are some things to consider:

  •       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.


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.

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.