Attendance Office Contact
In the state of Minnesota, it is the law that all children attend school until the age of 18. Students who miss more than a combined total of 3 hours of school are considered truant and in violation of the state law on compulsory education.
Park Center Senior High staff believe that classroom attendance and academic success are directly related. The following attendance procedure is an effort to assure this success. Class attendance is a joint responsibility to be shared by the student, parent or guardian, and the school staff. This procedure will assist students in attending class.
It is the students' responsibility to attend each scheduled class. Classroom experiences are meaningful and essential components of the learning process. Meeting class attendance requirements helps instill concepts of self-discipline and exposes the students to group interactions with teachers and fellow students. It also enables the student to hear and participate in class discussions and involves the student in educational experiences not available in other circumstances. Instructional and learning opportunities lost through absence from class may not be retrievable. Students are also responsible to make sure all unexcused absences are cleared within 5 days. Students should check with the attendance office every once in a while.
Parents/Guardians should encourage the student to attend school, to inform the school in the event of a student absence, and to work cooperatively with the school and student to solve any attendance problem that may arise.
It is the teacher's responsibility to maintain an accurate attendance record, start and end each class on time, make each student accountable for their attendance by questioning students about all unaccounted and unexcused absences, and communicating attendance concerns.
Examples of excused absences are:
- religious holiday and instruction not to exceed three hours a week
- family vacations provided prior approval has been obtained
- serious illness or death of a family member or close relative
- appointments that cannot be scheduled outside of class periods provided prior approval has been obtained.
- approved field trips
- family emergencies
- court appearances
Examples of unexcused absences are:
- absences without parental permission and/or administrative approval
- arrival more than 10 minutes late to class
- oversleeping or missing the bus/ride
- failure to follow the proper procedures when leaving the school building
- work at a business, except under school-sponsered work release program
- any other absence not included under the attendance procedures
REMEMBER: Instructional and learning opportunities lost through unexcused absence from class may not be retrievable.
Clearing Unexcused Absences
If a parent/guardian is unable to contact the school on the day of absence, a phone call or note will be required to excuse the absence. Students have 5 days to clear unexcused absences. After 5 days, any unexcused absences will remain unexcused.
Also note, Minnesota law required that the school withdraw any student after 15 consecutive absences regardless of reason.
For more information about expectations, behavioral guidelines, consequences and students' rights, please consult the Park Center Student Handbook. Comprehensive copies of the school board policies are available at the school and at the Educational Service Center.