SMS - Attendance

Summary of Attendance

Attendance will be taken by teachers during each class period of the school day. At the end of each day, attendance information will be compiled and parents will be notified if their child had an unexcused absence for one or more the class periods using the automated phone calling system.

What to do:

when your child is absent (due to illness, vacation, etc.):

Please enter the absence via: Skyward Family Access  to report any absences each day the student is absent.  ( Instructions for doing this are available here. )

or call the attendance line 651-351-6900 Your message should include the student’s full name with spelling of the last name, grade, and reason for absence.

when your child will be absent for THREE or more days for vacation, etc:

Please present to the attendance secretary a signed note from the parent/guardian indicating the days they will be absent. The student will receive a Pre-Arranged Absent form on which teachers will note any homework to be completed.

when your child needs to leave early (appointments, etc):

Please send with your child, a signed note from parent/guardian excusing him/her for the time you need to pick them up. This note will be his/her pass to leave class at the designated time and sign out in the office.

when your child arrives late to school:

Please come into the building and sign your student in OR have a signed note from a parent/guardian explaining the reason for the late arrival. Please present a note from the doctor or dentist at this time.

when your child becomes ill during the school day:

They must report to the health office. Parents will be contacted if it is necessary to arranged for the ill student to be taken home.

Examples of excused absences:

  • Illness

  • Medical or dental appointments

  • Family emergencies i.e. funeral

  • Family vacations, sporting event, or other elective absence

  • Court appearance

  • Religious holidays

Examples of unexcused absences:

  • Overslept / running late

  • Needed at home / babysitting

  • Missed the bus

  • Completing homework

  • Car trouble / unreliable transportation arrangements

  • Leaving school during the regular school day without approval of a school administrator

  • Not in assigned location while at school

  • Other non-emergency situations