Frequently Asked Questions
What time does school start?
We begin our day at 8:30am and dismiss students at 4:00pm
What do I need to do when my child is absent from school?
Please notify the school office and/or teacher by phone, email, or text on the day of the absence and let us know the reason for your child’s absence.
What is the tardy policy?
School begins at 8:30 a.m. If you are late getting your child to school, we require you to accompany and sign in your child at the office. High school students who drive to school may sign themselves in. Please contact us in the event of an emergency, or provide us with advance notice if a student will be tardy due to an appointment. We require tardy students to make up those minutes during the first break.
Punctuality is a character quality that God desires of us all. We expect our students to be on time every morning and for each class during the day. Four or more tardies per quarter disqualifies students from perfect attendance, and excessive tardies may result in suspension or dismissal from Hermiston Christian School.
How will I be notified if school is closed due to bad weather or other emergencies?
In case of a school closure, we will notify families via text and/or email, or with a notification on our new school's mobile app. We will also post announcements here on our website, at KOHU (AM 1360) radio station, and on KNDU or KERPR TV stations/websites by 6:00am.
Do you permit visitors on campus?
Yes. However, for the safety of our students and staff, we require all visitors to report to the office before entering a classroom. Although we discourage personal visitors to the classroom, we will allow visitors who obtain approval from the teacher at least one day in advance of the scheduled visit. We expect all personal visitors to recognize and adhere to our behavior patterns and to wear modest attire.
Since Hermiston is not accredited, will this limit what colleges I can apply or gain acceptance to?
No, it will not. Colleges and universities do not require accreditation for private Christian schools when considering applicants. Registrars of such institutions consider the academic merits of individual students and evaluate each applicant’s academic aptitude through nationally standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT.
Do you offer school lunches?
No, we do not currently have a meal program in place.
Please plan to send your child to school with a fulfilling, well-balanced lunch each day. No pop or energy drinks please.
Start each day with a good breakfast, and limit sweets—you’ll concentrate better!
We provide milk for Pre-K students only. K–12 students need to pack a drink.
- Eat only at your assigned area (no eating in hallways or restrooms).
- Please put trash in wastebaskets.
- Clean off your table.
- Go directly to the recreational area after receiving permission for dismissal.
May students who drive leave campus during the day to purchase lunch or come home?
No. For the safety of our students, we maintain a closed-campus policy. Students who need to leave campus during school hours must obtain permission from both the instructor and the principal and sign out/in at the office.
My child must take medication during the school day. What is your medication policy?
We will administer prescription medications with a note from the parent that includes instructions. Please deliver the medication to your instructor for storing and dispensing. HCS does not administer medication for headaches, colds, etc., unless we have a signed Medication Permission form on file.
May students use mobile phones or other electronic devices at school?
We do not permit electronic devices, cell phones, iPods, iPads, etc. on our campus and request that students do not bring them to school. Students who carry a cell phone at a parent’s request must turn it in to his/her teacher each morning, and we will return it after school hours.