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SHHS Attendance Office

Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday - Friday
The office closes early at 1:15 on Early Release Wednesdays for Professional Development

24-Hour Attendance Hotline: 503-366-7500  
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Excusing Your Student from School

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24-Hour Attendance Hotline

Full day excused absences
only the day of (before 7:45 am) and for future days.


Please include the following:

  1. Student Name
  2. Date of Absence
  3. Period(s) Missed
  4. Reason for absence(s)
  5. Identity of caller
  6. A daytime number where the caller may be reached.

Attendance Updates via ParentSquare
Parents can choose to receive attendance notification emails for absences. 

Partial Days
Partial day absences or absences that occurred in the past must be updated by sending a message through ParentSquare or emailed directly to your school's attendance office

Leaving Early
To excused a student to leave early for an appointment

  • Send a ParentSquare message or email school's attendance office
  • Include the student's teacher during the period in which they need to be excused.
  • Your student must sign out in the attendance office before leaving campus according to your instructions.

Absence Errors
If you believe your student's absence was in error, please contact the teacher of the class your student was marked absent from by ParentSquare or email.

* All attendance requests must be in writing for student safety.

* Parent-entered absences are automatically accepted by the system but can be updated by school office staff. If a student has an absence of 10 days or more, they will be inactivated on the absence start date and reenrolled upon return.


There is a direct correlation between a student’s academic success in school and their attendance record.  High attendance rates also increase the chance of graduating. Please visit Attendance Works to learn more about the importance of attending every day.

Oregon compulsory attendance law states that attending school is a legal requirement for all students up to the age of 18 who have not completed 12th grade (ORS 339.101).


Excused Absences

A parent/guardian MUST excuse any absence within 3 days of the student's return to school or it will be considered unexcused. Students with excessive unexcused absences will be held in violation of the Rules of Student Conduct and will be subject to disciplinary action.

Students with unexcused absences are not entitled to receive credit for makeup work, which directly impacts their grade in a class.  

Excused Absences according to ORS.339.065 are:
• Student illness
• Illness of an immediate family member
• Legal/Court Obligations
• Religious Observation
• Family emergency or bereavement
• School-sponsored Activity
• Medical Appointments
• Suspension

Parents who are excusing their student's absence are to contact the attendance office or leave a message on our 24-hour phone line 503-366-7500.
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Unexcused Absences

Any absence that has not been excused by the Attendance Office per ORS.339.065 will be considered an unexcused absence. Students with unexcused absences will be required to obtain an admission slip before re-entering classes. Some examples may include car trouble, completing homework at home and then coming to school late, hair appointments, job interviews, missing the bus, oversleeping, skipping, and being more than 10 minutes late. Students will not be excused going to work. This is in accordance with state law requiring attendance at school. For those students who work after school, we consider attendance at school a priority. Students who have jobs after school are expected to be in attendance at school during the days that they work. Teachers may elect to give no academic credit for assignments, tests, quizzes, projects, etc. missed during unexcused absences. Excessive unexcused absences will result in meetings with school officials, truancy enforcement, loss of privileges, or other school discipline.

Parent Notification of Unexcused Absences
The school will attempt to contact parents about their student’s unexcused absences through a call-home system as well as personal calls. Successful contact is dependent on up-to-date contact information and school personnel resources.

According to ORS 339.020, every person having control of any child between the ages of 7 and 18 years who have not completed the 12th grade is required to send such child to and maintain such child in regular attendance at a public full-time school during the entire school term. [Amended by 1965 c.100 §275; 1969 c.160 §1]. According to the State of Oregon, regular attendance is defined as attending at least 92% of the days school is in session. For the St Helens School District, this translates to students missing no more than 15 days per school year. Failure to maintain regular attendance may lead to detention(s), exemption from extracurricular activities, entry into an alternative setting or attendance contract and/or a possible fine from truancy enforcement officials. Additionally, the Superintendent or School Board may ask the DMV to suspend your driving privileges (Oregon Drivers Manual, 2007)

Letters for compulsory absences will be mailed home appropriately. If the student misses ten (10) consecutive days without notification from parents, that student will be dropped from school. Also, if absences continue to be excessive and disruptive to the student’s education, the school will take the initiative to file a truancy report with the Columbia County Juvenile courts. Parents/guardians of those students with excessive unexcused absences will be notified by phone/mail of their student's excessive absences and required to attend a truancy meeting with school administration and a counselor.