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School District 911 Attendance Policies and Procedures K-8
Minnesota State Statute requires that children attend school. For students under the age of 12, it is presumed that it is a parental responsibility to ensure the child’s attendance. Between the ages of 12 through 17, it is primarily the student’s responsibility to get to school on a daily basis.
A student is required to attend school each and every day and each and every class period. If a student misses a school day or part of a day, for legitimate reasons, a parent or guardian must notify the school. Isanti Middle School and the Minnesota Centers Attendance Hotline is:763-691-8661.
Examples of excused absences include:
2. Medical or mental health appointments
3. Religious holidays
4. Family emergencies
5. Dental appointments
8. School sponsored activities
Unexcused absences are any other reason than listed above. It is also considered an unexcused absence if the school is not notified of the reason for the students absence.
Examples of unexcused absences:
1. Missed bus
3. Bus suspension
If a student is absent without lawful excuse on three or more days, or any part of the school day, they are considered truant. Truancy is a violation of Minnesota State Law.
Parents, school, and community are all partners in working towards the goal of school attendance and educational issues. The Law “is designed to provide a continuum of intervention and services to support families and children in school and combating truancy and educational neglect”.
When a student has had three unexcused absences, the school will begin the initial interventions. The school is legally required to notify the parent or guardian that the child is a “continuing truant” under the law at three unexcused absences. A letter will be sent out outlining the potential legal consequences as well as recommended action for the parent. If a student continues to be truant, another letter will be sent to the parents after 5 unexcused absences. At this point, parents are strongly encouraged to attend a school conference with their student. If the student has 7 unexcused absences, they are considered “habitually truant”. The school is required to report to Isanti County Family Services or Isanti County Court Services that the student is in violation of the compulsory attendance
When a child is absent seven or more days for any reason, the child’s parent/guardian will receive a letter notifying them of our concerns. If the child reaches 10 or more days for any reason, the school reserves the right to require a note from a physician specifically stating that the child is too ill to attend school for that day.