Absences

OHS Tardy and Truancy Policy in affect February 3, 2020

An absence must be cleared within 48 hours. It is the parent/guardian responsibility to excuse student absences. You may excuse your child’s absence in one of the following ways:

  • Send a note with your student upon return to school explaining the absence 
  • Call the Attendance Office, 662-2730, each day your child is absent
  • Leave a message on the Attendance Office answering machine 

Please share the specific reason for the absence — particularly if your child has flu or respiratory symptoms

Failure to excuse an absence will result in a discipline referral. It is the student’s responsibility to contact teachers to obtain missing assignments/homework.  If an excused absence exceeds three days, parents/students should contact the Attendance Office for homework.

Parents may request homework after their child has been absent three consecutive days. 

Learn more about the consequences of unexcused absences.

Pre-Arranged Absence

If you know you will be absent, please fill out the   Pre-Arranged Absence form After parent/guardian signs the form, student will take it to teachers to get homework assignments in advance to keep up on work while absent.

Early Dismissals

Early dismissal notes or phone calls must be brought or directed to the Attendance Office.  Failure to obtain an early dismissal when leaving campus early will result in disciplinary action.  In order to accommodate parent /guardian requests for dismissals that occur during the school day, parents are asked to allow sufficient time for processing early dismissal requests. Due to the busy nature of the Attendance Office and daily student schedules, we cannot guarantee student pick up time without at least 60 minutes notice.

When to Stay Home

Updated March 14, 2022

For a visual decision tool, see the Department of Health flowchart (pdf) for "what to do if a person is symptomatic."

Call your child’s school nurse if you have questions, or call Health Services at 360-662-1070.

COVID-19 Self-Evaluation

Self-evaluation prior to coming to school: 

  1. Do you have any of the following symptoms within the last day that are not caused by another condition?

    • Fever (100.4 F) or chills.
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • Recent loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  2. Have you been in close contact with anyone with confirmed COVID-19 and are unvaccinated and choose not to participate in the Test to Stay program? (Note: Close contact is defined as within 6-feet for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. The close contact definition excludes students who were at least three feet away from an infected student when (a) both students were wearing face coverings/masks and (b) other prevention strategies were in place. This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting).

  3. Have you had a positive COVID-19 test for active virus in the past 5 days, or are you awaiting results of a COVID-19 test?

  4. Within the past 14 days, has a public health or medical professional told you to self-isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about COVID-19 infection?

If the answer is yes to any of these questions, students must stay home. Parents should notify the school.

Returning to School If Your Child Has Had COVID-19 Symptoms

Symptomatic individuals may return to school under one of the following conditions: 

  1. If NO testing for COVID-19 is performed, your child must quarantine for 5 full days from the onset of symptoms date and may return on Day 6 if:

    • No symptoms are present, or symptoms are resolving; AND
    • No fever within the past 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.

     

  2. If your child tests positive for COVID-19, they may return when the following criteria are met:

    • 5 days* have passed since symptom onset, or since positive test specimen collection date if no symptoms are present (*note: people who are severely ill or severely immunocompromised may need to isolate for up to 20 days); AND
    • No symptoms are present, or symptoms are resolving; AND
    • No fever within the past 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.

     

    Students and staff must continue monitoring for symptoms and wearing a well-fitting mask around others through day 10 (days 6-10) both in and out of school, including during extracurricular and sports activities.

    Individuals who have accommodations that allow them to attend school and not wear a well-fitting mask or face shield with a drape or wrap must stay in isolation the full 10 days.

  3. If your child tests negative for COVID-19 and has not been identified as a close contact, they can return to school after being fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND symptoms have improved

COVID-19 Testing Information

Please visit the district Testing FAQs page for links to information about testing locations, what kinds of tests CK Schools accept and more.