New Attendance Policy

Sprague High School - Attendance
24 Hour Absence Reporting Line: 503-399-5520
Main Office: 503-399-3261

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Here is a brief review of the attendance and check out procedures at Sprague High School. Please note there have been some changes to processes and policies.
Check Out Procedure:
Students must check out through the Main Office before leaving school.

There are two ways that parents/guardians can check out their student during the school day:

1. Students can bring a note signed by a parent/guardian. Students should bring their note (with the date and requested check out time) to the Main Office at the beginning of school to fill out a Check Out Form. Students will be released at the requested time after checking out in the Office.
2. [PLEASE NOTE: This is a change in policy]. If a note is not sent to school with the student, the parent/guardian must come to the Main Office in person to check out their student. Telephone calls requesting to check out students will not be accepted.
If your student returns to school after being checked out, they must check back in to the Main Office so that their absence can be adjusted accordingly.

If a student is ill and needs to go home, they are asked to go to the Main Office to contact a parent/guardian. The Main Office will check out ill students after connecting directly with a parent/guardian.

Please remind your student that they are not to leave campus at any time during the school day without a parent/guardian notifying the school in advance with a note or by coming to the Main Office in person to check out the student. Students will be marked as unexcused in all other instances.

To excuse an absence or tardy: Please send a detailed note or call the 24-hour absence reporting line before, or within 72 hours of, the absence for it to be excused. Per District policy, changes cannot be made after 72 hours and the absence/tardy will remain as unexcused.

When calling the attendance line, please speak clearly and be ready with your student’s name (spelling the name is helpful), ID number, date of absence, reason for absence, and length of absence (i.e. all day or partial day absence – please list specific periods missed if partial day). Speaking clearly and providing detail helps ensure accuracy of the attendance record.
Per District Policy the following reasons are considered acceptable reasons for an absence or tardy:

  • Illness of the student
  • Emergency, pre-excused, or extenuating circumstance
The following are examples of reasons that will not be excused:
  • oversleeping
  • car problems
  • missing the bus
  • coming back late from lunch
Career Technical Education Center (CTEC) Absence/Tardy: You must contact CTEC directly at 503-399-5511 for an absence or tardy occurring on a day your student is at CTEC. Please let us know if you have questions.

Kendall Shadduck 02/16/17