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Attendance Policy

At Arco Iris, we believe that daily class attendance is an essential component to a student’s academic success. We are committed to student achievement. We really count on children being in school every day as it is important to their learning and academic achievement. This also impacts their ability to create positive social connections. This also affects Arco Iris’ funding and budget.


 In the event that your student becomes ill or injured, please call our School Office at (503) 473-0416, or email before the school day is over to excuse the absence. 

Pursuant to Oregon Revise Statue 339.010 School attendance required; age limits. Except as provided in ORS 339.030, all children between the ages of 7 and 18 years who have not completed the 12th grade are required to attend regularly a public full-time school of the school district in which the child resides. [Amended by 1965 c.100 §274]

• Notification –When notifying the school regarding a student absence, a parent or legal guardian must call the School Office or provide an email upon the student's return. Messages or emails must detail the nature of the absence or run the risk of the absence being designated as unexcused. Parents or legal guardians have no more than one school day (carry over the weekend/non-student days when applicable) to excuse an absence. All absences will be designated as unexcused, regardless of reason after one school day. Only individuals on the guardian contact list are authorized to excuse a student.  Students will not be excused if they call in for themselves. 


• Daily Attendance Policy-Please know that when your child is absent for 10 consecutive days, Arco Iris must withdraw your child from the school on the 11th day per Beaverton School District Attendance Policy.  Upon your child’s return, the child must be re-enrolled, provided that the slot has not been filled by another child.  A student arriving 90 minutes late will be considered a half day absent and a student attending less than 90 minutes in the classroom will be considered a whole day absent.


Pursuant to Oregon Revised Statute 339.065 Estimates of attendance (1) In estimating regular attendance for purposes of the compulsory attendance provisions of ORS the principal or teacher shall consider all unexcused absences. Eight unexcused one-half day absences in any four-week period during which the school is in session shall be considered irregular attendance. (2)An absence may be excused by a principal or teacher if the absence is caused by the pupil’s sickness, by the sickness of some member of the pupil’s family or by an emergency. A principal or teacher may also excuse absences for other reasons where satisfactory arrangements are made in advance of the absence. (3)Any pupil may be excused from attendance by the district school board for a period not to exceed five days in a term of three months or not to exceed 10 days in any term of at least six months. Any such excuse shall be in writing directed to the principal of the school which the pupil attends. [1965 c.100 §281; 1973 c.728 §4; 1987 c.158 §57; 1993 c.45 §114]


• Excused AbsencesEmergencies will be classified as infrequent situations of major importance that affect family and home. Absences may also be considered excused for medical and dental appointments, legal/court obligations, bereavement, religious observations and school sponsored activities.  Absences which do not meet these criteria will NOT be excused, even if the absence is reported by a parent or guardian.


• Pre-arranged Absences– If absences are known in advance, they may be prearranged as excused with a Pre-arranged Absence Form if they meet the following criteria: Prolonged student medical issue, serious illness of a member of the student's family, family emergency or bereavement, legal/court obligations, religious observation, school sponsored, curricular or academic-related activity. We strongly encourage a parent or legal guardian contact the school office to the aforementioned absences. Please use the form below for pre-arranged absence.

• Unexcused Absences– Unexcused absences are those that do not meet the criteria for excused absences or if timely documentation/notice is not provided to the school by a parent/guardian. The consequences for an unexcused absence in timely manner may include Administrative interjection. If a student continues to accumulate unexcused absences, mandatory communication with the student parents will be required (conference, phone, email, letter format). The full range of consequences as cited in Consistent Discipline and Oregon Law will be considered, including a suspension and/or citation to Washington County Truancy Court.
• Student Check-in/out– Arco Iris is a closed campus: once a student is in the building, the student must remain in the building. If it is necessary for the student to leave school for any reason after their initial arrival, a parent/guardian must sign them out of the building in the School Office. Subsequently, parent or guardian must document the time of their return to school at the Office as well. Failure to do so will result in an unexcused absence for time missed.
• TardiesRegular and punctual attendance is a critical factor in school success, and this habit is established at an early age.  We believe it is the responsibility and duty of both the school staff and the Parent/Guardian to cooperate and encourage students to establish good attendance practices.  Excessive absences and tardies from school can lead to students falling behind in the critical skills of reading, writing and math, as well as create issues relating to positive social connections.

The expectation of Arco Iris School is that all students are in their classrooms, ready to learn at 8:30 am. If a student arrives to the school building by 8:30 am, they are considered tardy. Your student will be provided with a late pass issued by the main office or volunteer designee. As a consequence of excessive tardies, the student will be referred to attendance team and parents will be notified for a meeting with the attendance team for further guidance (Attendance team is comprised of the school counselor and attendance secretary).

• Make-up Work -Make-up work for excused absences should be completed during the timeframe agreed upon by the teacher and student. To request missed work for long periods, please email or contact teachers.  Please also visit the teachers’ website for updates in this link