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Attendance Matters

School attendance is required by law and is critical to students’ success in school and life. Research shows that children who miss 20 or more days of school in a given school year are less likely to graduate from high school. Missing even two days a month adds up to 20 days a year. 

We want to help ensure that every student has strong attendance every year. Please visit the Oak Harbor Public Schools board policy 3122 and procedure 3122P regarding excused and unexcused absences.

A tool to help parents track attendance and grades is the Family Access program in Skyward. Contact the front office of the school your child attends for instructions on signing in and using the system.

Skyward Family Access

If your child is absent from school for any reason, the parent needs to do the following:  

  1. Call the school attendance line by 9 a.m. at 360.279.5295 (24 hours) to notify office personnel of the absence
  2. Send a dated and signed note with your child within 48 hours when he or she returns to school, explaining the reasons for the absence and the date(s) of the absence. Or, you may e-mail with an attendance note to
  3. Contact the classroom teacher and ask for assignments that need to be made up. 
  4. If you anticipate a lengthy absence for medical reasons, please provide the school with a note from your doctor. 
  5. Please schedule family vacations during regular school vacations so your child doesn’t miss school.

Call-Back Procedures
If a child is absent and the school has not heard from the parent, the school will call the parent or another designated individual. Every attempt will be made to make the calls by 10:15 a.m. The school will only make one call. Please update home, work, and emergency phone numbers on a regular basis, so that we may contact you as needed.

Being on time for school is not just a good habit, it’s a life skill! Parents who work outside the home are expected to arrive to work on time and we expect our students to be in class and ready to learn promptly at 9 a.m. Students who are late (tardy) must report to the office to check in and get a tardy slip to present to the classroom teacher.  In order to keep parents informed about the number of tardies their child is accruing, letters will be sent home after 5, 10, and 15 tardies.