Mahtomedi High School Attendance Policies and Information for Distant Learning

Due to the Governor and the Commissioners of the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and Health (MDH) announcement of the statewide closure of schools March 16-27 and the implementation of plans for e-Learning (Distance Learning) during the potential extended closure starting March 30th, Your student's advisory teacher will be responsible for taking attendance every day of distance learning. Please excuse your student through the same on-line attendance form as before. 
Please do not call MHS to excuse your student
as the main office will be unoccupied during this closure. 
 
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 their Advisory daily check-in - Look for the 7th period 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 On-Line Absence Reporting Form OR have the student bring in a note immediately.

Unexcused Absences
The student was absent and was marked unexcused for their absence.

EXCUSED ABSENCES
APPOINTMENTS Appointments with doctors, dentists, lawyers, 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 sending a signed note with their student or emailing hs.attendance@isd832.net.
FUNERALS A parent/guardian should email hs.attendance@isd832.net or send a note with their student to report the absence.
ILLNESS To report an absence due to illness, a parent/guardian should fill out the 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: Joyce Rohrig, Receptionist/Attendance Specialist