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The Governor has ordered all Minnesota schools to remain closed with distance learning in place from March 30 through May 4 to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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Attendance

Attendance I Tardies and Truancy

Attendance:

All reasonable efforts should be made by families to ensure that students are in school each and every student contact day. Accurate attendance is a student’s responsibility. Students questioning accuracy may verify accurate attendance by checking with their respective classroom teacher on initial concerns in a timely manner. If there appears to be an error, the classroom teacher may contact the attendance office (within 24 hours) or the student’s Pony Center to validate or clear the record and avoid any errors. All students must sign in/out with their classroom teacher when leaving class and with the Main Office Secretary when leaving the building early or entering after the start of the school day.  Students who do not follow proper procedure may not be excused. Click here for examples of excused and unexcused absences.  Please provide a doctor’s note for absences due to illness or medical appointment whenever possible or when requested by the school.


Procedure for Reporting an Absence:

Please make every effort to report your student’s attendance before the start of the school day. Failure to notify the school will result in an automated phone call from the school.


Full Day Attendance:

If your student will be absent for the full school day, you may report the absence in one of two ways:


Skyward Family Access (see instructions and be sure you are signed in as the parent not the student).

Or 

Using the Full day Attendance Line 351-8000.  Please include your student’s first and last name, spelling of last name, grade, reason for absence and return phone number.


Partial Day Attendance (arriving late or leaving early):

If your student will be arriving after the start of the school day or leaving before the end of the school day, you may report this in one of two ways:


Skyward Family Access (see instructions and be sure you are signed in as the parent not the student).

Or 

Using the Partial day Attendance Line 351-8011.  Please include your student’s first and last name, spelling of last name, grade, reason for dismissal or absence, time of dismissal or estimated time of arrival and return phone number.


In cases of Partial Day attendance (student leaving early), it is your student’s responsibility to pick up their official PASS TO LEAVE from the MAIN OFFICE in the morning or during passing time.


For early student dismissal, please report using the above methods at least two hours in advance.  In case of an emergency or you need immediate response, please call the Main Office Secretary at 351-8040 or your student pony center.


Tardies and Truancy
Students who arrive 10 minutes late will be marked absent.

Truancy
According to Minnesota law, compulsory attendance includes 15-17 year olds students. A student who reaches seven unexcused absences (either full or partial days) is in violation of the Minnesota Compulsory Attendance Law. Students in violation of this law may be referred to Washington County as early as the third (3rd) unexcused absence. Once referred, students and their parents are expected to attend an Attendance is Mandatory (AIM) meeting as assigned by the county. Those attending the AIM meeting are eligible for diversion in lieu of truancy court.

A student is considered truant when s/he is absent unexcused from one or more classes. Phone calls to parents are made the evening of any unexcused absence by the auto caller. This will be your first notification. Send your child to the center the following morning. Our families with blocked calls are to proactively seek information from their child's student center as the school cannot bypass the blocked call system. After the seventh unexcused absence during a school year, a truancy petition may be filed with Washington County.

Examples of Excused and Unexcused Absences

Click to view some examples of what are considered excused and unexcused absences.