Minnesota law requires children attend school regularly. As a result, a child who accumulates more than three unexcused absences from school is defined as a chronic truant. In the case of ten or more unexcused full or partial days, FSM is required to make a referral to the County Attorney for possible educational neglect by parent(s).
- Please contact school before 9:10 am if their child will be absent or late.
- The decision to travel while school is in session needs to be considered carefully. If there are compelling reasons why a family/guardians trip must take place while school is in session, the family/guardians should contact the Assistant Head of School with as much notice as possible to develop a plan for making up missed work.
- Parent/teacher conferences missed because of a family/guardians trip will not be rescheduled.
- Excused absences include illness, religious observance and emergencies. Any absence for which families/guardians do not notify the school office is unexcused. In some cases the school may require documentation to excuse an absence.
- It is the school’s responsibility to designate an absence as excused or unexcused.
- Any illness that lasts longer than three (3) days will require a doctor’s letter before students will be readmitted.
The following protocols are in effect regarding attendance problems:
- Three unexcused absences: Families/guardians will receive both a phone and written documentation urging better attendance.
- Seven unexcused/excused absences: A conference with the families/guardians, teacher and the Assistant Head of School.
- Ten unexcused/excused absences: County Truancy officials will be contacted.