Portland Public Schools

  Portland, Oregon

501 N. DixonPortland, OR 97227(503) 916-2000

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Attendance Matters

  • PPS recognizes the importance of attendance and its direct connection to student achievement. The school district is building a systematic approach to reduce chronic and severe absenteeism through both universal and preventative programs. This includes outreach that supports school and community staff in building relationships with diverse families, and intensive interventions for some of our highest needs students and families.

    As a part of this work, PPS has joined the Communities Supporting Youth Collaborative led by All Hands Raised and Multnomah County’s SUN Service System. The collaborative is county-wide conversation about attendance and includes county support for attendance case managers at PPS as part of an innovative pilot with Oregon Department of Human Services that provides a self-sufficiency case worker in some of our schools.

Recognize the signs

  • Good Attendance – When a student’s attendance is above 94%; missing less than one day of school in a 20-day school time span.

    Acceptable Attendance - Between 90% and 93.9%; missing less than two full days out of 20.

    Chronic Attendance - Between 80% and 89.9%; missing between two and four full days out of 20, or two full days out of 10.

    Severe Attendance -  Below 80%; missing more than four full days out of 20 or more than two full days out of 10 days.

    Day absence: Full day = missing 51% or more of the day, Half day = missing 25% to 50% of the day

    10 Consecutive Days Absent Withdrawal

    When a student has been absent for 10 consecutive days, the student must be withdrawn from the rolls. Some examples of students who must be withdrawn are: a student on a long-term medical leave, on maternity leave, on extended vacation, or taking early release at the end of the school year. A student who is absent and completing homework assignments must still be withdrawn according to state law.

    In order for a student’s attendance to remain above 90%, that student should be missing less than two full school days each month.

How can families support good school attendance?

    • Find out what day school starts and make sure your child’s immunizations are up to date.
    • Don’t let your child stay home unless he or she is truly sick. Mild complaints of a stomachache or headache may be anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
    • If your child seems anxious about school, talk to your child’s teacher or school counselor.
    •  Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.
    • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
    • Avoid medical appointments or trips when school is in session.
    • Communicate with the school if you are in need of resources for your family.
    • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
    • Talk to your child about the importance of good attendance and how it connects with their future goals.

Que pueden hacer los padres o tutores legales para apoyar la buena asistencia de sus hijos?

    • Averigüe el día en que empieza la escuela y asegurarse que su hijo tenga las vacunas requeridas.
    • No deje que su hijo se quede en casa al menos que esté realmente enfermo con fiebre o vomito. Tenga en mente que las quejas de un dolor de estómago o de cabeza pueden ser señal de ansiedad y no una razón para quedarse en casa.
    • Si su hijo parece ansioso por ir a la escuela, hable con los maestros o nuestra consejera por algún consejo.
    • Establezca una hora constante para acostarse y la rutina de cada mañana la noche anterior
    • Prepare la ropa y las mochila la noche anterior
    • Evite citas médicas o viajes durante el tiempo de la escuela
    • Póngase en contacto con la escuela si necesita recursos para su familia
    • Prepare opciones para llegar a la escuela si algo inesperado sucede. Contacte con anterioridad un familiar, un vecino, u otro padre para que le ayude en esos días.
    • Hable con su hijo sobre la importancia de una asistencia buena y como le conecta a sus objetivos futuros.

Success! Gold Star Attendance

  • Student A has gone from 66% attendance in 2015-16 to 86% attendance in 2016-17, which is amazing growth! Great JOB!!

    This young man really struggled again this fall, but since the winter has been doing really well. He had 100% attendance in February and only missed two days in March because he got "that cold." Community engagement works! He has been participating in Playworks and volleyball especially and making new friends through those shared activities. 

    Hurrah for Education, Community and Creative Tools!

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Vanessa Brooks
Attendance Case Manager Supporting Rigler, Scott and Creston Schools
(971) 712-4443
Mary Krogh
Attendance Case Manager Supporting James John, Rosa Parks, Peninsula & Sitton Schools
(503) 577-6104
Jeff Lothe
Attendance Case Manager Supporting Madison High School & Harrison Park
(503) 544-3068
Kelli Mitchell
Attendance Case Manager Supporting Astor & Roosevelt Schools
(503) 351-8508
Wendy Newcomb
Attendance Case Manager Supporting Roseway Heights, Lee & Lane
(971) 678-9914
Hoa Nguyen
Attendance Case Manager Supporting Kelly, Lent & Vestal Schools
(971) 712-4003
Pedro Anglada Cordero
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