Attendance Policies

  • ABSENCE
    When students are absent, parents should call the Student Absence Line at 651-744-3393 by 9:00 a.m. to explain the reason for your absence. When you have returned to school, a written note signed by your parent or guardian is required even though they may have called earlier.  Parents/Guardians can also send an email to the office at highlandmsattendance@spps.org

    STUDENT ARRIVAL
    When students arrive at school they should immediately report to the cafeteria for breakfast or go to their lockers and begin preparing for the day. This is good time to make sure you have all your materials for the day's classes. You should also use this time to review notes and homework. Students are not to be in the building before 8:10 a.m.

    TARDINESS TO SCHOOL
    Please be on time - no later than 8:25 a.m. A bell will ring at 8:25 to remind students to report to class. When students are late, they miss the most important part of the class and a lot of extra office work must be done to deal with tardiness. If you arrive at school after 8:30, you must report to the office for an admit slip. A written note signed by your parent is required to explain your tardiness. Only illness (a doctors note may be required), doctors visit, religious holiday, or an extreme family emergency is acceptable reasons for students tardiness.  Parent conferences may be arranged for students who are tardy too often.

    TARDINESS TO CLASS
    Be to class on time. Plan to carry materials for two or more classes so that you don't have to stop at your locker every period. If a teacher keeps you after class you must get a note from that teacher explaining your tardiness. Class tardiness may result in detention, in-school suspension or parent conference. If a staff member sees any student wandering the hallways without a pass during class time, that student may be dismissed.

    LEAVING SCHOOL EARLY
    Requests to leave school early must be in writing. The note should state the reason for the request and be sign by parent/guardian and give a daytime phone number. Please present these requests to the office before 8:25 a.m.

    VACATION OR SPECIAL ABSENCE
    Extended absences from school for vacations or other reasons are sometimes unavoidable. The principal must approve all requests for vacations during the school year. However, planning ahead will minimize any problems with schoolwork. You should bring a note from home at least three days before you leave. Submit the note to the main office.

    MAKE-UP OF MISSED WORK
    It's the students responsibility to make up all class work missed during a time of absence. Make arrangements with each of your teachers to get the missed assignments. The Guidance Office will collect assignments for students who are going to be absent because of an extended illness. Materials may be picked up two days after they are requested.