Hours & Attendance

2022-2023 OEMS Daily Schedule

Students begin their school day at 8:45AM and end the day at 3:15PM.  

Attendance Procedures and Information

If your child is going be absent or tardy for any reason, please contact the school at 336-8940 ext. 4201 or email ordeanattendance@isd709.org.  For your convenience, the Attendance Hotline is available 24 hours a day. If you are unable to call that day, please send a written note explaining the absence upon the student’s return. This note should include the date(s) of absence, the reason of the absence, the parent/guardian signature, and a phone number where the parent/guardian can be reached for possible verification. Failure to notify the school by phone or with a written explanation of your child’s absence will result in an unexcused absence.

Students leaving early MUST come to the office with a note before school to get a pass to leave. Due to the volume of calls each day, we ask that families not call during the day to ask for a pass to be sent. This is disruptive to the classroom and we may not be able to deliver it in time.

If the student does not have a note then the parent/guardian will need to come into the front office to sign out the student, at which time we will call the student to the office. All students coming or going during the day MUST sign in or out through the front office.


Duluth School Board policy #5025 outlines the reasons for excused absences. They are:

  • Sickness of pupil
  • Sickness in the immediate family of pupil
  • Danger of imprudent exposure to illness
  • Medical or dental treatment
  • Death in the immediate family
  • Religious/spiritual days kept sacred by the pupil when religious/spiritual services are observed only during school hours
  • Subpoenas for testimony in court or quasi-judicial hearings
  • School-sponsored activities
  • Important events requiring student participation, such as state or national contests, tournaments, concerts, or performances. To be excused, advance notification is required.
  • Temporary absence from the city upon personal request of the parent/guardian provided the request was made in advance or was of an emergency nature.
  • Other reasons verified by the parent/guardian and mutually acceptable to both the parent/guardian and building administration.

Why is Attendance Important?

Regular attendance is an extremely important requirement for all students. There are many reasons why good attendance is important. Here are four:

  1. Good attendance is a part of your permanent record and of genuine concern to any future employer.
  2. If you are not present for classroom activities, it is difficult to "make up" important daily activities and experiences.
  3. Many studies have shown that time spent on task within classes greatly increase the amount of learning that takes place.
  4. It is the law! Every child between seven and sixteen years of age is required to be enrolled in school.