Parents/guardians are requested to call the Attendance Hotline at 503-673-7812, or email Diana Kerman between 7:00 am – 8:00 am on the morning of each absence. Excused absences include:
- Personal illness, medical, psychological, and dental care
- Illness or death in family
- Family emergencies
- Release time for religious instruction
- Observance of religious holidays
- Pre-arranged absences
- School sponsored activities
For any anticipated absence that will be more than one day, students are expected to pick up a Pre-arranged Absence Form from the Attendance Office.
Partial Day Absences
If the student comes to school anytime after the start of the period, they should report to the Attendance Office to check in and receive an admit slip to class. If the student leaves school for any reason and then returns before the end of the scheduled day, they must check back in through the Attendance Office. Work resulting from absences for school-related activities is allowed to be made up.
A student who is absent from school for any class without permission will be considered unexcused and will be subject to disciplinary action. Students are ineligible to participate in athletics or activities on the day the unexcused absence occurs. Students have 24 hours to have unexcused absences excused. Students may lose the opportunity to make up work for credit due to unexcused absences.
Parents may not excuse individual class absences except for pre-arranged absences as noted above. For any absence being excused after the absence, the student may be requested to provide documentation from the corresponding medical office.
A student is considered to have an unexcused tardy if they are not in the instruction area designated by the teacher at the time class begins. After 10 unexcused minutes, the tardy becomes a late arrival. If a student misses more than half of the class time, it is considered an unexcused absence. Students are responsible for reconciling tardies/absences with their teacher.
Regular Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism
West Linn High School believes attending school regularly is important to give students the best opportunity to learn the skills necessary for success in their future. One of our top priorities is supporting all students in developing regular attendance. If a student is struggling with regular attendance (<90%), we will provide supports.
A student must be in attendance for a full day of school to participate in athletics and/or activities. Policies related to valid pre-arranged, excused, (e.g. medical appointments), and unexcused absences apply to participation, as well.
A student whose attendance pattern is not progressing academically may be assigned an alternative educational placement. If the nonattendance is seriously affecting the student’s achievement, options other than continued enrollment in the regular program will be considered.
Oregon State Law requires that we withdraw students who miss 10 consecutive days of school. To re-enroll, parents/guardians can schedule a re-entry meeting with a school administrator and counselor.
Attendance - 18 Year Olds
At 18 years of age a student may obtain permission to account for their absences. To obtain this privilege, the student shall demonstrate that the following criteria will be met:
- The student has demonstrated and maintains a successful academic record
- The student has regular attendance (>90%)
- The student recognizes that the privilege may be revoked for failure to abide by the previous standards.