School attendance matters to student success!

Regular school attendance is important to student success. That’s why Salem-Keizer is starting off the school year with information about the importance of school attendance. Here are some myths about school absences and attendance that parents may find interesting.
MYTH 1: Only unexcused absences create attendance problems

All types of absences, including excused and in-school suspensions, make a difference. Time out of the classroom equals time away from instruction and learning.

MYTH 2: Absences are only a problem if they’re consecutive
Studies show that only two or three nonconsecutive absences per month can seriously impact a student’s ability to succeed in school. It’s the cumulative effect of lost instruction time that makes the difference.

MYTH 3: Attendance only matters in high school
Attendance in early grades matters too. For example, research shows that too many absences in early grades (first grade and kindergarten) can result in an inability to read at grade-level by third grade.

MYTH 4: Parents aren’t responsible for their student’s attendance
Oregon law requires children to regularly attend school, and requires parents to make sure students maintain regular attendance.

Families can make a difference in student attendance. Here are some suggestions:

  • Set a family expectation that absences won’t be allowed unless the student is truly sick.
  • Make school attendance a family value.
  • Establish a habit of good attendance in early grades.
  • Ask your school about referrals to services concerning transportation, health care or other barriers to school attendance.

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Contact us: 

Excusing Absences: Parent or guardian please call the 24 hour number at (503) 399-3298 to report an absence.

Check-In and Check-Out students: Please call the Attendance Office at (503) 399-3069 at least 1 hour before picking up your student.

Attendance and Academic Success:

There is a direct correlation between student success in classes and consistent attendance.  Conversely, the strongest predictor of student failure is poor attendance.  It is not simply the loss of instructional time, but more importantly, the break in continuity of learning that impedes students’ ability to progress when they return.

 Excusing Absences

Parent or guardian calls the 24 hour absence reporting line (503) 399-3298.

Student brings a note to the Attendance Office upon return to school.

All absences must be excused by the parent or guardian within 72 hours or (3 school days).

Make-up Work

Excused absences – students will be allowed to make up their work in a reasonable time for full credit.

Unexcused absences – Teachers may reduce the grade or award no grade for assigned work.

Please review the syllabus provided by each teacher for grading details.

Activity/School-Related Absences

Activity absences or school-related absences are treated as an extension of the school curriculum and are excused.  However, it is the responsibility of the student to make up any work that is missed.

Check-In and Check-Out Procedure


Parent or guardian must come to the school, provide advance written permission, or call to check out a student.

Please call 503-399-3069 to check out a student.

Call the Attendance Office with a minimum of 1 hour notice of when you will be checking out your student.

It is required that the student check out with the Attendance Office whenever leaving school early.


Students arriving late to school with an excused tardy or returning from a medical or dental appointment must check in with the Attendance Office.

Students returning from an appointment must have the original checkout form or a note from a parent or doctor. All others, report directly to your class (unexcused tardies or absences).