Attendance is one of the most significant factors related to school achievement. The school, parents, and students share the responsibility of promoting regular attendance. Students are required to attend all of their classes in school. Teachers will take attendance each class period.
To report an absence: Use the ON-LINE ATTENDANCE FORM by 9:30 AM on the day of the absence. If the school is not contacted concerning an absence, the absence will be considered unexcused. MMS will contact the parents/guardian after three unexcused absences. Continued unexcused absences will result in a referral to the Washington County Truancy Diversion Program. The entire Student Attendance Policy #503 can be found on the district website or is available at the school or district office.
What should I do if my student is late for school?
*Late due to a medical or dental/ortho appointment? All facilities/offices will print you an attendance ticket/note for your student to return to school. Please remind your student to bring it to the main office when they arrive after school has started.
*Send them in with a note – written and signed by the parent/guardian and brought to the main office for check-in.
*Use the On-Line Attendance form found on the MMS website to pre-excuse them. Again, remind them to check-in at the main office for an admittance slip!
What is the On-Line Attendance Form?
Please be aware: The On-Line Absence form does not excuse them in the attendance system but must still be manually entered by the attendance clerk – it is an electronic parent/guardian note.
What should I do if my student needs an early dismissal?
Due to Covid restrictions, it is unnecessary to come completely into the building, but please buzz the main office on the intercom – located on the right-hand side and in the first entryway of MMS – to let us know you are here!
* Students may bring a written excuse by the parent/guardian to the main office BEFORE THE START OF SCHOOL for a dismissal slip.
* Use the On-Line Attendance form found on the MMS website to pre-excuse them. Again, remind them to pick up their dismissal slip at the main office.
What should we do with an extended absence – like a vacation?
* Students may bring a written excuse by the parent/guardian to the main office with the dates of a future absence.
* Use the On-Line Attendance form found on the MMS website to pre-excuse them – multiple forms are not necessary for multiple days - enter all dates of absence in the comment section.
Students are expected to be on time for each class. If students are habitually tardy to school, the office will assign an after-school or lunch detention after three unexcused tardies. Parents can and should FREQUENTLY review attendance records by logging into their ParentVue account and making corrections to attendance within three days of the absence.
*Please call the Health Office directly to inform health staff of specific health care information or needs at 651-407-2216.
Illness besides COVID-19 - Should I Send My Child to School?
Many students and parents are concerned about when students should stay home or attend school. If your child is absent due to illness, please complete the On-line Attendance form. It is beneficial to us for tracking purposes to know the symptoms your child is experiencing. The following information is intended to help with this decision. If the student:
- Has a fever of 100 degrees or more
The student should stay home for 24 hours after the temperature returns to normal.
- Has vomited or had diarrhea
The student should stay home until 24 hours after the last episode.
- Has any rash for which you do not know the cause
Check with your family physician/clinic before sending the student to school.
- Has an illness
Keep the student at home and call the school daily to report the illness. If a child becomes ill at school, parents or the designated emergency contact is notified.
** First aid is provided to students with minor injuries. If the injury is serious, 911 will be called, and parents will be notified.
UNEXCUSED ABSENCES All absences not authorized by the school administration are unexcused.
TRUANCY Truancy is any unexcused absence from school or class. Students accumulating seven or more absences during the school year will be referred to the appropriate Washington County services for formal truancy intervention.
EXCESSIVE ABSENCES The average student in Minnesota misses a total of seven (7) days, excused and/or unexcused, in a school year. Students, who miss more than seven days, whether 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. According to the make-up policy guidelines, a grade will be assigned after the work is completed. Due to illness, a student absent for an extended period (typically 15 days or more) is eligible for homebound instruction. Parents should contact the Counseling Office to make these arrangements.
High School Attendance Site: click here
Middle School Attendance Site: click here
*Please note that the MMS attendance phone line is disconnected and replaced with the On-Line Attendance form.
OH Anderson Attendance Line: 651-407-2308
Wildwood Attendance Line: 651-407-2108