SPPS Attendance Policy
Once enrolled in a public school, a child 5 years old to 18 years old (unless already graduated from High School), must attend school every day, every class, on time, unless lawfully excused.
Lawfully Excused Absences:
- Sickness – too sick to be in school (3 consecutive absences require a doctor’s note)
- Medical Appointments – (excused half day only and clinic note required)
- 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
Parents/Guardians MUST communicate with the school office every time a child is absent. Please not that not all absences will be excused. Call in or send a note to the main office, state the reason for absence and be specific.
All unknown absences are automatically marked as UNEXCUSED.
Absence Concern Referral Process
- After 3 unexcused absences, an “Attendance Alert” letter will be sent to parent/guardian.
- After 5 unexcused absences, parent/guardian will be referred to the Assistant Ramsey County Attorney for a “Parent Meeting”.
- After 10 unexcused absences, parent/guardian will be referred for a SART hearing.
- After 15 unexcused absences, parent/guardian will be referred for a petition to court fo educational neglect.
An elementary school student who is not in his/her designated area at the designated time is TARDY. Students arriving after 9:30AM are considered tardy and will need to check into the office for a late pass to class.
Please note: 15 unexcused tardies equals one unexcused absence. If students come in 3 hours or later after the bell rings, then it is counted as a whole day unexcused absence.
An EARLY RELEASE is when an elementary student leaves the school building before the school day has ended. Parent/Guardians must come inside to sign the student out to be released early. Please note that students will not be called to come down to the office until the parent/guardian arrives to sign the student out. Please plan accordingly for time.
For more information, please see Ramsey County School Attendance Matters (SAM) website