Attendance

According to Minnesota State law, children must attend school regularly. If your child will be late or out for any portion of the day due to illness, vacation, or any other reason, please report the absence to the High School attendance office as soon as possible. Absences can be reported 24/7. Please log in to MyMinnetonka>For Parents>Skyward Family Access to submit an absence or leave a phone message at 952-401-5800.

  • State the child’s name, grade, and reason for tardy or absence. Please include length of absence if known.
  • Very Important: If your child arrives late to school, he or she must go to the Attendance Office to check in and receive a pass.
  • Please always check in with our Greeter if you are visiting school.

Consequences for Absences

Excused Absences

No. of AbsencesConsequences
7For combination of both unexcused/excused absences:

  • An automated letter is sent home informing parents

9For combination of both unexcused/excused absences:

  • Meeting with an assistant principal or designee with the student to sign an attendance contract expressing the understanding that upon the tenth excused/unexcused absence the student will receive a loss of credit* for the course
  • A copy of the contract is sent to the parent(s)

10For combination of both unexcused/excused absences:

  • Students absent ten class periods from a credit course during one semester and who have been placed on an attendance contract prior to the 10th absence may receive no credit for the course
  • Student will be dropped from the course and will have a loss of credit* for the course

*A student may appeal a loss of credit (LOC). The student will remain in the course until the decision is made..

School-Authorized Absences

No. of AbsencesConsequences
3The student must apply to be out of class if there will be any more than three school-authorized absences during a single quarter for the following particular types of school-authorized absences:

  • Field trips
  • Interscholastic meets and events
  • Student government and related activities
  • Verified meetings conducted with school personnel

Unexcused Absences

No. of AbsencesConsequences
1
  • Automated phone call home informing parent(s)
  • Referral to SBR room
  • One hour of detention assigned

2
  • Automated phone call home informing parent(s)
  • Referral to SBR room and conversation with staff about absence
  • Meet with truancy coordinator to review absences
  • One hour of detention assigned

3
  • Automated phone call home informing parent(s)
  • An automated letter sent home informing parents
  • Referral to SBR room; One hour of detention assigned
  • Meeting with an assistant principal or designee with the student to sign an attendance contract expressing the understanding that upon the 4th unexcused absence the student will receive a loss of credit* for the course.

4
  • Students absent four class periods from a credit course during one semester and have been placed on an attendance contract prior to the 4th absence may receive no credit for the course
  • Student will be dropped from the course and will have a loss of credit* for the course

*A student may appeal a loss of credit (LOC). The student will remain in the course until the decision is made.

Absence Definitions

Excused Absences

  1. College visits (on or off campus)
  2. Driver’s license examination (not the permit test)
  3. Family emergency
  4. Illness
  5. Visit to the nurse’s office
  6. Prearranged excused absences for student participation in non‐school competition and performance activities
  7. Prearranged family vacations
  8. Professional appointments that cannot be scheduled outside of the school day
  9. Spectators at state/regional competitions: student spectators must have parent/guardian approval and follow all attendance policy

School-Authorized Absences

  1. Ceremonies in which the student is being honored or presented with an award (e.g. Rotary)
  2. Chronic illness
  3. Court-ordered appearances
  4. Death in the student’s immediate family or of a close friend or relative
  5. Field trips
  6. Interscholastic meets and events
  7. Musical sectionals
  8. Religious holidays and/or instruction (up to three hours per week)
  9. Illness in student’s immediate family (documentation required by medical personnel)
  10. Suspension
  11. Student government and related activities
  12. Verified meeting conducted with school personnel

Unexcused Absences

  1. Any absence in which a student and/or parent fails to comply with MHS reporting attendance procedures
  2. Work at home
  3. Work at a business, except under a school-sponsored work release program
  4. Non-prearranged family vacations
  5. Missed bus
  6. Overslept
  7. Truancy/skipping school
  8. Other non-school authorized excuses

Attendance Desk

Hours: 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Phone Number: 952-401-5800 (to report an absence)

Office Assistants: Nancy Bohac, Mary Burger, Michelle Johnson