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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 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

Attendance Policy Information

Leave a message on the attendance line @ 360.279.5803


  • All absences must be excused within 48 hours from the date of the initial absence or they will not be excused.  
  • Excuse notes must include the student's full name, the date(s) and reason for the absence(s), and the current date.
  • A call is made after every unexcused absence within any month during the year.
    • After 3 unexcused absences, a conference is held. 
    • Between the second and seventh unexcused absences, the school must follow procedure of board policy 3122, Unexcused Absences, section E.
    • Sections F and G apply after seven unexcused absences in a month or ten in a school year.  
    • After 20 consecutive unexcused absences, the student is unenrolled.
    • If a student wishes to re-enroll, they must contact the school registrar.


Excused absence may consist of:

  • Absences relating to parent/guardian deployment
  • Participation in school-approved activity
  • Absences due to illness, health condition, or family emergency
  • Absence resulting from disciplinary actions or short-term suspension
  • Extended illness or health condition
  • Absence for chronic health condition
  • Absence related to post-high school planning, such as a college campus visit

An attendance contract is needed if a student is going to be absent 3 or more days due to an event, trip or family activity.  Please contact the attendance office to get a contract.



  • Oak Harbor High School is a closed campus
  • Students are not permitted to leave campus for lunch
  • If leaving campus for an appointment, proper documentation is required upon return.
  • Leaving campus any time during the day without proper permission is not allowed.
    • Note: all students are required to sign out in the front office for any reason.  Failure to do so may result in disciplinary and/or legal action.

More information can be found on the Oak Harbor School District website under
Board Policies & Procedures