Attendance Phone: 715-261-0735 (message can be left 24 hours a day)
Attendance Secretary: Barb Beese
Regular attendance at school during the full period and hours of the school day is required by state law. Under state law, ten days of excused absence from school are allowed for specific reasons such as health or family emergency. Attendance is taken in each individual class. (WI statute 118.15)
EXCUSES FOR ABSENCE
When a student is absent for any reason, parents are asked to contact the Attendance Office before 9:00 am and notify the secretary of the reason for the absence. Parents will be called at home or work after 9:30 am to verify any absence if a phone call is not received. If contact is not made with a parent or guardian, a written excuse must be brought to the Attendance Office when the student returns after an absence. This excuse must indicate the reason for absence and be signed by a parent. In some instances, upon the request of the school, a statement from a physician may be required to explain the cause of a student's absence. Any absence which has not followed the above procedure will be considered unexcused. Students who are absent from school for the entire day will not be allowed to participate in after-school activities for the day they are absent. If a student returns to school for part of that day, it will be at the administrations discretion as to whether that student may participate in any after-school activity.
Although students should be in attendance each day, sometimes absences can be anticipated. If parents know in advance that their child will be missing 3 or more school days, an anticipated absence form must be completed. Forms can be picked up in the Attendance Office. The student will have the teacher initial the form and indicate assignments that will be covered during the absence and arrangements for completing the work. Teachers will also indicate current academic status and possible effect the absence will have. The completed form is to be returned to the Attendance Office before the absence.
APPOINTMENTS DURING THE DAY
We encourage parents to schedule medical, dental or counseling appointments outside of the school day. When this is not possible, students are to report to the Attendance Office before first period with a note to get an outside pass. Students should also report there when they return to school. We expect students to return after the appointment.
It is important that every student develop the habit of being on time. Tardiness disrupts classes and indicated a lack of concern and responsibility on your part.
- If you are tardy because you arrived late from another class where the teacher held you, get your excuse from that teacher.
- Students arriving late to school must check in receive a pass from the Attendance Office.
- Discipline for classroom tardiness will be handled by individual teachers. However, continued tardiness may be referred to the associate principal.
- Students who are continually tardy to school will be referred to the associate principal. Students will be assigned either a noon hour or an after school detention to make up the time. Excessive tardiness will be considered truancy.
Truancy means any absence from school, class, or classes during which the principal or teacher has not been notified of the legal cause of such absence by the parent or guardian of the absent pupil. (WI statute 118.15 & 118.16) Students will be required to make up all time missed for unexcused absences. For further information on attendance, please see the Board of Education Parent/Student Handbook. Truancy procedures are:
- The Student Assistance Team identifies students with truancies and determines if absences are due to social or curriculum problems.
- After 8 days, guidance counselor will make initial contact.
- After 10 days of absences, a letter is sent home.
- At the discretion of attendance secretary/associate principal, students will be referred to the Wausau Truancy Abatement Program.
- After 20 days of absences, a letter is sent home requesting a meeting with an associate principal and requiring a medical excuse for any future absences.
- If truancy continues, the associate principal will contact the parents and Police Liaison Officer to consider issuing a truancy citation.