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If a student is absent from or tardy to school, parents/guardians must:
Call the Attendance office (901-7000) on each day of the student’s absence OR send a signed note with the student excusing the absence or tardy.
If we do not have a response from the parents/guardians, after ten (10) days, the absence or tardy remains as an “unexcused” absence.    Truancy as defined by the state is:
  • more than 3 unexcused absences OR    
  • more than 30 minutes tardy each day OR  
  • more than 3 days unexcused tardies OR
  • excessive excused absences
Students who are considered truant are referred to an Administrator. Various interventions are attempted to produce better attendance from the student.
Students may be placed on a Behavior Agreement outlining specific attendance expectations. The Behavior Agreement is monitored and if poor attendance continues, students/parents will be required to attend a Student Intervention Meeting.


Legally Accepted Excused Student Absences  

   (No state funding received by school district)
  • Personal illness/injury
  • Quarantine
  • Medical, dental, optometry or chiropractic services
  • Funeral of immediate family (father/mother/ brother/sister/grandmother/grandfather)
  • Exclusion for contagious disease


School Board Authorized Student Absences  

   (No state funding received by school district)
These absences must be prearranged and receive the approval of an Administrator prior to the absence. No more than 3 total absences of this type are allowed during the school year.
  • Court Appearance
  • Religious holiday or ceremony
  • Religious retreat (4 hours per semester)
  • Family emergencies
  • Appearance at SARB hearing
  • Attendance at funeral other than immediate family


Please contact the Educational Support Services (ESS) at 966-4000.