Compulsory School Attendance: Oregon Revised Statutes
The state of Oregon requires “all children between the ages of 6 and 18 years who have not completed the 12th grade to attend regularly a public full-time school of the school district in which the child resides.” (ORS 339.010) ORS 339.065 states
In estimating regular attendance for purposes of the compulsory attendance provisions of ORS 339.005 to 339.030, 339.040 to 339.125, 339.137, 339.420 and 339.990, the principal or teacher must consider:
● (Unexcused Absences) Eight unexcused one-half day absences in any four-week period during which the school is in session shall be considered irregular attendance.
● (Excused Absences) Not to exceed five days in a term or three months or not to exceed 10 days in any term of at least six months.
Stoller is committed to providing parents with the information they need to support the regular attendance of their students. If you would like to monitor your student’s attendance patterns, we encourage you to use ParentVUE, to contact the Attendance Secretary (Caterina Huffman), or contact your student’s counselor.
When a student has a pattern of absences that indicate irregular attendance, administrators, counselors, and teachers will work with students and parents to develop a plan to improve attendance. A combination of consequences and incentives may be used to address the concern. We encourage parents who are concerned about attendance to contact a counselor to facilitate communication with teachers and to access resources for their student.
If a pattern of truancy persists despite efforts by the school to support regular attendance, Stoller will alert the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. We urge parents to work with us to keep their student in regular attendance and prevent this from happening.
● It is the responsibility of the student to attend classes.
● It is the responsibility of the student to consult teacher websites and planners to know about assignments missed due to absences and to complete them.
● It is the responsibility of the student to arrange notification (note, phone call) from parent/guardian regarding absence within the appropriate time.
● It is the responsibility of the student to arrive to class on time, ready to learn.
● It is the responsibility of the parent to see that their student attends classes unless under condition of personal or family illness, legal or family obligations, religious holiday, or a significant family emergency.
● It is the responsibility of the parent to schedule medical and other personal appointments outside the school day.
● It is the responsibility of the parent to call the 24 Hour Attendance Line at 503-356-2681 to report an absence by 3:50 p.m. on the day of the absence. DO NOT pick your child up before 3:50 p.m. unless you have a medical or other personal appointment.
● It is the responsibility of the school to provide a quality education.
● It is the responsibility of the school to accurately record absences and provide notice to parents when students are not present.
● It is the responsibility of the school to comply with Oregon law in determining whether an absence is excused or unexcused according to Oregon Revised Statutes.
Information About Absences
Reporting an Absence
Regular attendance and promptness is essential for success and is expected in all classes. Absences should be limited to personal/family illness, medical appointments, dental appointments, legal appointments, family emergencies, death of an immediate family member, religious holiday, or school-sponsored field trips. If your child will be absent from school, please call the 24 Hour Attendance Line at 503-356-2681 or fill out a Stoller Attendance Form.
Leaving Campus During the School Day
Stoller operates under a closed campus policy. Students are not permitted to leave school grounds without a parent or guardian during school hours. If a student is checking out of school early due to an appointment, please come to the Main Office to sign your student out. Once you arrive, we will call your student out of class. If a parent or guardian would like another responsible adult to pick up their child, they must call the Main Office or provide the school with a note. If students plan to return to school after an appointment, they should check in with the Attendance Secretary when they arrive on campus.
Arriving to School Late/Arriving to Class Late
Arriving to School Late
If students are late to school, they must sign in with the Attendance Secretary and provide a note or a parent phone call to excuse the tardy. They will be given a Late Pass that allows them to go to class excused from tardiness. If a student arrives without a note or phone call, the tardy or absence is marked unexcused. The school’s auto-dialer will alert parents to the absence. Once a note or phone call from the parent is received by the front office, the tardy or absence is excused. If the note/excuse does not meet the conditions for excused absences defined in Oregon Revised Statutes, the absence (or tardy) is unexcused.
Arriving to Class Late
It is critical to arrive in class on time. Teachers expect students to be in their seats, ready to learn at the beginning of class. Tardiness leads to a decrease in instruction and distracts other students from learning. If students are arriving to class late because they were in the office or meeting with a staff member, they are expected to get a Late/Hall Pass before proceeding to class. Student patterns of on-time arrival to class are regularly monitored by administrators. Students who repeatedly arrive to class late will complete a Tardiness Plan for Success and may receive consequences such as lunch detention per our Tardy Policy.
Too Sick for School?
Students who become ill while at school should report to the health room. If necessary they can call home. A student can wait in the health room for a short time until they feel well enough to return to class or an authorized contact arrives to pick them up.
The Beaverton School District has a guide, Too Sick for School? that can help parents determine whether or not a sick student should come to school or not. The recommendations are based on the guidelines provided by the Communicable Disease Division of the Washington County Department of Health and Human Services and were developed to help prevent the spread of potentially contagious disease.