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OREGON STATE STATUTES

COMPULSORY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE

ORS 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 resided.  [Amended by 1965 c.100 274]

 

ORS 339.020 Duty to send children to school.  Except as provided in ORS 339.030, every person having control of any child between the ages of 7 and 18 years who has 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]

 

WHEN IS A STUDENT/PARENT IN VIOLATION?

ORS 339.065 (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.

 

(Excused Absences)…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.  [1965 c.100 281; 1973 c.728 4; 1987 c.158 57; 1993 c.45 114]

 

All students between the ages of 7 and 18, who have not completed grade 12, are required to attend school unless otherwise exempted by law.  School staff will monitor and report violations of the state compulsory attendance law.

 

Any parent who fails to send a student to school within three (3) days of notification by the district that their student is not complying with compulsory attendance requirements may be issued a citation by the district for the student’s failure to attend school.  Violation is a Class C violation of law and is punishable by a court-imposed fine up to $150.00, as provided by ORS 339.925.

 

The district will notify the parent in writing that, in accordance with law, the superintendent, or his designee, will schedule a conference with the non-attending student and his/her parent(s) to discuss attendance requirements.  The written notice will include the following:

1.     The superintendent, or his designee, has the authority to enforce the provisions of the compulsory

laws;

2.     Failure to send a student to school is a class C violation;

3.     A citation may be issued by the district in the amount of $150 fine;

4.     A conference with the parent and student is required.

The written notification will be in the native language of the parent.

 

Additionally, a parent or guardian, or other person lawfully charged with the care or custody of a student under 15 years of age, may be found by the courts to have committed the offense of failing to supervise a child who has failed to attend school as required.

 

Violation, as determined by the court, may be punishable by a requirement to complete a parent effectiveness program approved by the court and/or a fine of not more than $600.

 

Students who fail to maintain regular enrollment in school may have either their driving privileges suspended or the right to apply for driving privileges suspended.

 

Absence from school for more than ten consecutive days will result in the student being dropped from active enrollment in the school.  A parent conference will be required in order to reenroll the student. 

 

Oregon Revised Statutes also provide that students who have not met graduation requirements or earned an equivalency diploma may attend High School until age 19, or age 21 if receiving Special Education services.  Exceptions can be made if the student needs additional education to attain a Certificate of Initial or Advanced Mastery.  See ORS 339.115 for more information.

 

Students new to the district must submit proof of residing address with Sherwood School District boundaries.

 

In order to attain and maintain an Oregon Driver’s License, a student must show proof of enrollment at his or her school, unless other arrangements have been made.  Forms for this purpose are available in the Main Office.  Sherwood High School will notify Oregon DMV when a student is no longer actively enrolled in school.

 

PLACEMENT IN PRIVATE SCHOOL

While parents are free to choose private schooling or additional services (such as tutoring) from a private individual or organization, the District has no obligation to pay for such services or schooling.  If the parent wants the District of consider making a placement for the child in a private school or with private services, parents must give the District notice and opportunity to propose other public school options.

 

Therefore, whether the child is identified as disabled (under IDEA or Section 504) or not, the parents must provide notice as follows:

 

If parents decide to withdraw their student to enroll the student in a private school, parents must give notice either at the last IEP meeting attended or to the school principal in writing at least 10 business days before withdrawing their student.  If parents fail to do this, and instead make a private placement themselves, a court or hearing officer may reduce or deny reimbursement