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Attendance & Health Policies


We at GCS believe that regular attendance is essential for excellence in learning.  Therefore, we discourage absenteeism.

In the case of absence:

  • When your student must be absent, we request that you call the school in the morning, unless you have a pre-arranged absence.
  • Excused absences are allowed for illness, doctor or dental appointments, and family emergencies. On return, students will bring a written excuse from home, signed by parent(s), to the teacher.  This excuse must state the reason and date for the student’s absence.
  • If you know ahead of time your student will be absent please notify the teacher.
  • Teachers will not provide make-up work or credit for un-excused absences.
  • Students will be considered tardy at 8:35 am.


If your student is ill (fever, vomiting, or diarrhea), please do not send him or her to school. Contagious diseases (i.e., chicken pox, strep throat), should be reported so that we can notify other parents to be on the lookout for symptoms. Students must be free of vomiting/diarrhea or fever (100 degrees or higher) for a minimum of 24 hours without the aid of medications before they can return to school.

Illness & Prescription Medications

Because no nurse is available, students who become ill at school will go to the front office and make arrangements to go home. The school office cannot provide internal medication, including aspirin, for students. If your student is ill and under doctor supervision, medication will be administered under the following guidelines:  No prescription medication or non-prescription medication including, but not limited to, aspirin, cough syrup, or nose drops, may be given to a student except under the following conditions: (a) A signed, dated, written authorization by the parent(s) is on file, per prescription; (b) Prescription medication is in the original container and labeled with the student’s name, name of the drug, dosage, directions for administering, date of administration, and physician’s name; (c) Non-prescription medication is labeled with the student’s name, dosage, and directions for administering and (d) A written record of all medications administered listing, the name of the student, type of medication, the signature of the person administering the medication, date, time, and dosage given, shall be kept by the front office manager.

Students must be free of vomiting/diarrhea or fever (100 degrees or higher) for a minimum of 24 hours without the aid of medications before they can return to school.

Sign-Out Policy

Gaarde Christian School is a closed campus and students are expected to remain on the Gaarde Christian campus, from their time of arrival until the end of the day. Students leaving during the school day for any reason require parent permission in advance of leaving, and must be signed out by the parent at the front office. Any exceptions to this policy require administrative approval. Failure to sign out when leaving constitutes an unexcused absence. Any student leaving and then returning to school during the school day must be signed back in by the parent at the front office upon returning to school.

Gaarde Christian School   |   11265 SW Gaarde St., Tigard, OR 97224   |   503.639.5336
Gaarde Christian School is a ministry of Faith Journey Church