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Attendance Information

Parents/Guardians are responsible for ensuring their student(s) attend school every day, and we want to help you!

Wis. State Statute 118.16 states the following: Any person having control of a child between the ages of 5 and 18 years of age shall cause that child to attend school on a regular basis until the end of the school term or semester in which the child becomes eighteen; unless the child has a legal excuse, falls under one of the exceptions in the state statute, or has graduated from high school.

Attendance Procedures: 

  • Parents/Guardians should call the attendance hotline for every absence. 

  • If you know in advance that your student will be absent for more than one day, please notify the office prior to their absence, so students can receive any materials they may need during their absence.

  • If a student becomes sick during the school day, the nurse will contact a parent/guardian if the student needs to be sent home. 

  • A student is expected to miss no more than 10 days (excused and unexcused) for the entire school year. 

  • Absences for medical appointments can be excused if a note from the student’s doctor is provided. 

  • Attendance is monitored on a weekly basis, and attendance letters are sent on a monthly basis. 

Attendance Letters:

  • First Letter - The first letter will be sent after a student accumulates 5+ absences. 
  • Second Letter - The second letter will be sent after a student accumulates 10+ absences.
  • Third Letter - The third letter will be sent with any additional absence (11+) and families will be expected to meet with the Social Worker and Principal to make a proactive attendance plan.

Proactive Attendance Plan

District Attendance Plan

How you can help your student:

  • Be excited about school! Share your positive experiences and check in with your students about their feelings and experiences with school.

  • Make a routine: Set a regular bedtime and morning routine, make sure your child gets 8+ hours of sleep, lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before

  • Develop a backup plan for getting to school if something comes up - call a family member, neighbor, or the office for help.

  • Schedule medical appointments and extended trips for when school is not in session.

  • Connect with your school Social Worker, Psychologist, or Counselor for any mental health concerns or anxiety. 

Facts about attendance: 

  • Missing 10 percent of school, or about 18 days in most school districts, negatively affects a student’s academic performance. That’s just two days a month and that’s known as chronic absence. 

  • Being absent during the first month of school may lead to chronic absences throughout the school year. Half of the students who miss 2-4 days of school in September miss nearly a month of school. 

  • The negative side effects of chronic absence starts early. 1 in 10 kindergarten and first-grade students are chronically absent. 

  • Chronic absences can influence a student’s ability to read proficiently by the end of 3rd grade. 

  • By 6th grade, chronic absence is a leading indicator that a student may drop out of high school. 

  • 10 Facts About School Attendance

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