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posted Feb 10, 2017, 1:05 PM by Harritt Elementary   [ updated Feb 10, 2017, 1:17 PM ]

The Salem-Keizer School District expects regular attendance of all students.  As you know, school attendance is very important if students are to make good progress with their learning.  Students are required by Oregon law to regularly attend school.  Salem-Keizer School District’s expectation for regular attendance is no more than 8 half-day absences or 4 full days absences in any four-week period, or a combination of half and full day absences.


Excused absences need an acceptable written or verbal explanation within three (3) days of the student returning to school.  Oregon law requires the school to review any absences and determine whether or not it is an unexcused or excused absence.


Excused Absences (Written or verbal notification of one of the specific reasons below is required)

  •  Days when a student is ill
  • Serious family illness
  • Medical appointment which can not be scheduled after school
  • Religious holidays
  •  Approved Pre-arranged absences
  • Other absences approved by the district


Unexcused Absences

  • Those not falling in the excused category
  • Skipping school
  • Failure to bring a proper excuse
  • Baby-sitting younger brothers or sisters
We appreciate your cooperation in assuring regular attendance for your student.  If you have any questions, or if we can be of assistance, please call the school at
(503) 399-3674.