LHS Attendance Policy
Good Attendance Helps Kids Succeed in School and Life. Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow
It is critical that you call our Attendance Office at 541-451-8555, ext. 0 (zero) or direct line 541-451-8549 (best number to call) when your student is absent from school. If calling 541-451-8555 after hours (7:30am-4:00pm), you will have to dial 9 then x1003. You can call 24 hours a day, as our phones have voicemail. Voicemail is checked numerous times throughout the day and entered onto a call log. If you are unable to call, then a written note must be submitted to the office stating the reason for the absence. All excuses must be submitted within 24 hours from the day of the absence. Without a phone call or written note, the absence will be considered unexcused. Doctor notes will be required for extended absences due to illness.
We expect our students to have an attendance rate of 95% or above. This works out to be just about 10 days over the course of the entire school year, or just over one day of absence per month. When a student reaches an attendance rate of 90% or below, they are considered “chronically absent“. When attendance rates reach this level, we tend to see a drop in student learning and academic achievement. We want to make every effort to prevent this barrier to student success.
- Pre-Arranged Absence Form
All trips are to be arranged one week in advance. Extended absences not pre-arranged will not be excused.
- Emancipation Form
18 year old students who wish to write their own notes may complete this form and turn it into the attendance office.
Lebanon High School recognizes the following as acceptable reasons for excused absences:
- Illness, medical or dental appointments;
- Serious illness or death in the immediate family;
- Religious observances; and/or
- Pre-Arranged approved in advance by the principal (see form above)
Lebanon High School will NOT recognize the following as acceptable reasons for excused absences:
- Missing the bus or car malfunction;
- Shopping/haircut appointments;
- Family vacations, hunting or fishing excursions not approved in advance; and/or
- Birthdays, family visiting or other celebrations.
Besides losing time from learning because of an absence or tardy, research has shown that many who were allowed to attend school irregularly often develop the same practices in work and elsewhere in life. Furthermore, students who enter a classroom after being tardy or absent always feel disconnected and a bit lost. Regular attendance not only helps students maintain a consistent learning pattern in school, but it also helps students train for good habits in work and life.
Knowing that absences and tardies are not generally tolerated in the work force and that students develop those habits through the school years, Lebanon High School will consider 16 periods of unexcused absence in a four-day period as excessive and irregular. If a student continues to show irregular attendance, then the Linn-Benton Attendance Officer will be notified, which may result in legal proceedings being implemented as suggested by ORS 339.020 as written below:
“Every person having control of any child between the ages of 6-18 years who has not completed the 12th grade is required to send such a child to, and maintain the child in, regular school attendance at a public full-time school during the entire school term.”
Students are expected to be in class on time so they can get the full benefit of their opportunity to learn. If a student is not in the room when the bell begins to ring, they are considered tardy. When tardy, students need to go to the ISS room (300 hall) to get an admit slip to return to class.
* Tardies are cumulative. That is not four tardies to one class, the tardies accumulate from each class.
Consequences for being tardy:
- 4th total tardy: In- School suspension for the period when the 4th tardy occurs
- 8th total tardy: Parent meeting and entering the RTI II (Response to Intervention) process
- 12th total tardy: ISS (1 day) & parent meeting and implementation of RTI intervention
- 16th total tardy: OSS (1 day) & parent meeting and increased RTI interventions