The legal mandate from the State of Minnesota states: Children between the ages of 7 and 17 are required to receive instruction at a school as defined by the statute. (Minnesota Statute 120A.22.)
At seven or more unexcused absences, a student meets the legal definition of a “habitual” truant. For students attending high school, this is further defined as, “a student who is absent from attendance at school without lawful excuse for one or more class periods on seven school days and who has not lawfully withdrawn from school.”
Student Absences: Students who are absent from school for any part of the school day must have a valid excuse from a parent. The parent/guardian(s) must notify the school prior to, or on the day of the absence, providing a valid reason (see links to left) for the absence(s), or send a note with the student upon returning to school. The student will need to bring this note to the Student Services office.
Reporting an absence
If your child will be late or absent from school for the day please report their absence to the school in one of the following ways:
- Call the attendance line at 651-982-8414, or
- Record your student's absences electronically via ParentVUE (including future and/or planned absences). Log into ParentVUE and select “Record absence” next to your child’s name to begin the process. School staff will review new entries daily as soon as possible.
- If you are picking up your student early from school, please include the pickup time in the note area and our staff will send a pass to the student so they are ready to be picked up when you arrive.
Both the phone and online options are available 24 hours a day. When you report the absence, you will need to give a reason for the tardy or absence. Also, it is very important that if your child arrives late to school that he or she go to the office to check in and receive a pass.
Absences in which a valid reason for the absence are not provided by a parent/guardian will be considered unexcused/truant. By law, county petitions need to be filed with the court system when a student reaches seven full or partial days of truancy or unexcused absences. In addition, classroom assignments and exams are subject to zero credit when a student is absent and unexcused for any given class period. Any questions regarding absences of this nature should be discussed with your child’s dean or the truancy interventionist. For attendance questions regarding letters you have received or county interventions please contact your student's Dean.
- name of parent/guardian
- name and grade of student
- date of absence
- reason for the absence