Mahtomedi High School Attendance Policies and Information

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CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE ON-LINE ABSENCE FORM. FORM SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY PARENT/GUARDIAN ONLY - 18-year-old students are NOT allowed to fill out the On-line Attendance form.
After completing the form, MHS and the parent will be notified by e-mail of the absence. Please be aware that the parent alert will go to the e-mail submitted on the absence form.

Attendance Notification

When a student has an Unexcused or Unresolved absence, parents will receive a phone call notification informing them that their student has been marked absent from one or more of their classes. You can look for absence information in StudentVue or ParentVue. If your student has an Excused Absence, you will receive an e-mail notification stating that the absence was excused. 

Parents should listen carefully to the message to determine the status of the absence. Parents can and should FREQUENTLY review attendance records by logging into their ParentVue account and make corrections to attendance within 3 days of the absence.

When a student has missed one or more classes, the School Messenger system automatically sends a phone call/email to the contact information provided. The message will refer to an unresolved or unexcused absence as defined below.

Unresolved Absences
The student was absent but the school was not notified. Parents/Guardians should complete the Online Absence Reporting Form OR have the student bring in a note immediately.

Unexcused Absences
The student was absent (or not checked in appropriately online)and was marked unexcused for their absence.

APPOINTMENTS Appointments with doctors, dentists, lawyers, and drivers ed related appointments etc., should be arranged after school hours, or on days when school is not in session. 
COLLEGE FAIR/VISIT College/campus visits are an important part of selecting the post-secondary school which will best suit students’ needs or interests. Whenever possible, visits should be arranged on days when high school classes are not in session.
COURT APPEARANCE Court appearances are considered excused absences.
FAMILY EMERGENCY Such absences include a serious illness in the student’s immediate family, death in the student’s immediate family, close friend, or relative, or physical emergency (fire, flood, storm, etc.).
FAMILY VACATION The school administration understands that there are exceptional circumstances which require families to take a vacation during the school year. However, if family vacations can be scheduled to correspond with school breaks, it would benefit both the student and the school. A parent must notify the main office by using the Online Absence Form or emailing
FUNERALS A parent/guardian should use the Online Absence Form or email 
ILLNESS To report an absence due to illness, a parent/guardian should fill out the Online Absence Form. If it is not possible to notify the school on the day of the absence, the parent/guardian must email to the health office at the following school day.

UNEXCUSED ABSENCES All absences not authorized by the school administration are unexcused. 

TRUANCY Truancy is any unexcused absence from school or class. Students accumulating 7, or more, absences at any point during the school year will be referred to the appropriate Washington County services for formal truancy intervention.
EXCESSIVE ABSENCES The average student in the state of Minnesota misses a total of seven (7) days, excused and/or unexcused, in a school year. Students, who miss more than seven days, whether they are excused or unexcused, are considered excessively absent. When absences become excessive for any reason, parents may be contacted. The school is the arbiter of whether the absence is excused or unexcused. Medical, legal or other professional verification for future absences may be required to excuse the student from school.
EXTENDED ABSENCES If the student has suffered an extended, long-term illness and required work has not been completed, the class record will show an incomplete. A grade will be assigned after the work is completed according to the make-up policy guidelines. A student absent for an extended period (typically 15 days or more) due to illness is eligible for homebound instruction. Parents should contact the Counseling Office to make these arrangements.

Contact: Jody Briske, Receptionist/Attendance Specialist
Our Mission

The mission of Mahtomedi High School, a driven and supportive family of Zephyrs whose individual growth enriches the community as a whole, is to ensure a transformational experience in which students are life-long learners and empathetic community members equipped with the desire and ability to explore their passions through a vital system distinguished by:

  • inclusive and safe environments where all Zephyrs belong and advocate for one another through authentic relationships
  • a culture that seeks out and honors diverse and global perspectives
  • dynamic educational experiences for varied interests
  • embracing the discomfort of setbacks as an important part of the learning process
  • a community that recognizes that success comes in many forms
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Our School
Mahtomedi High School has a heart for innovation, provides rigorous academic coursework, and supports students to explore extracurricular opportunities. Our teachers and staff are passionate and dedicated people who explore innovative ideas and teach our students new ways of thinking to support them in whatever career path they choose. Students engage in project-based learning to solve real-world problems using industry-standard technology in the nation’s first M.I.T. certified FabLab housed in a public school. Fine arts is a vital and robust part of the High School and our visual and performing arts classes include ceramics, digital art, choir, band, and event broadcasting. We also offer Flex Time during the school day when students may receive academic support, engage in college and career exploration, and connect over common interests. Over 90% of our student community engages in extracurricular activities that range from athletics to robotics. Students’ social and emotional learning is addressed through various avenues including a restorative practices approach for student behavior and through our Zephyr Link Crew mentoring program.