School Attendance Matters (SAM): Saint Paul Public Schools Attendance Procedures
Student Attendance Guidance During Distance Learning 2.0: Fall 2020
Attendance in Distance Learning 2.0 looks different from the spring. This fall:
- Students or parents will indicate once daily in Campus that the student will be participating in all their classes. This once daily check-in process is independent from an individual class. Rather, the one check in shows participation for all classes at the same time.
- The parent/guardian check in option will allow parents of young children and children with disabilities to assist their children with the process.
Expectations for Students and/or Parents/Guardians:
- Support your student to check in by clicking “Yes, I’m here” in Campus daily to indicate attendance.
- Monitor your student’s engagement in Distance Learning by checking for completion of assignments, completing asynchronous lessons (anytime), and attending synchronous sessions (sametime).
- Communicate with the teacher if you have questions about how to mark “Participated” in Campus for Attendance.
- Call or email your school to report excused absences.
- Contact the school office if you believe your attendance is incorrect.
Contact your child's school, learn more on the Distance Learning page, or watch the video below to learn more.
Did You Know?
Parents/guardians MUST communicate every time a child is absent. Please note not all absences will be excused. Call in or send a note to main office, state reason for absence (be specific).
Students with a 95% attendance rate or higher are twice as likely to pass the state achievement tests as those students with an 85% attendance rate. (In SPPS, 95% = 9 or fewer absences).
Good school attendance is the most reliable predictor of graduation from high school.
Students with good attendance make up a vast majority of those who are at the top of their class in grades and tests.
School dropouts are at high risk for being unemployed or under-employed and earn $260,000 less than high school graduates over a lifetime.
School Attendance is Important
STUDENTS WITH GOOD ATTENDANCE...
- Do better on state tests
- Keep up with homework
- Get good grades
- Graduate from High School
- Go to college
- Have many career options
- Become positive role models
- Are likely to have better self-esteem
- Build better peer relationships
- Are less likely to engage in negative or criminal behaviors
Once enrolled in a public school, a child 5 years old to 18 years old (unless having already graduated from high school), must attend school everyday, every class, on time, unless lawfully excused.
LAWFULLY EXCUSED ABSENCES
- Sickness - too sick to be in school
- Medical Appointments
- Religious Holidays
- Extreme Family Emergencies (house fire, death, etc.)
EXAMPLES OF UNEXCUSED ABSENCES
- Missed school bus
- Suspended from school bus
- Staying home to babysit
- Weather too hot/cold
- Family vacation