We believe that regular school attendance is directly related to success in academic work, benefits students socially, provides opportunities for important communications between teachers and students, and establishes regular habits of dependability important to the future of the students.
Attendance is of vital importance, and it is essential that all efforts be made by the staff members of Moorhead Area Public Schools to ensure excellent attendance by the students of the district. The Moorhead School Board is committed to support staff members in every way possible to encourage optimum attendance. Class attendance is a joint responsibility of parents, students, teachers and administration.
For additional information refer to School Board Policy 515 on the school district website or in the school office.
EXCUSED ABSENCES: The excused absence is for all legitimate reasons. The administration will determine the legitimacy of all absences. The following reasons shall be sufficient to constitute excused absences:
1. Illness - physician verification will be required for illnesses beyond three (3) consecutive days
2. Serious illness or emergency in student’s immediate family
3. A death or funeral in the student’s immediate family or of a close friend or relative
4. Medical or dental appointments
5. Legal Appointments
6. Religious observance
7. Official school field trip or other school sponsored outing
8. Family Vacation - must be pre-excused (limited to 7 consecutive days)
Procedure for Excusing Students: For absences that fall into the excused categories it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian of the student to notify the school. Parents should call the morning of the absence or a note should be brought in by the student on the morning of his or her return to school. Parents can also excuse absences in PowerSchool. If an absence has not been excused in 48 hours it will remain unexcused. The attendance number is 284-2301. Parents/Guardians and students are encouraged to monitor attendance through PowerSchool.
UNEXCUSED ABSENCES: Unexcused absences are all absences that can be avoided or delayed, and for which prior arrangements and/or approval have not been made through the principal’s office. These absences indicate the student is absent from school with or without the consent of parents, but the excuse given is not acceptable to the school administration. Unexcused absences or truancy receive no daily credit for work missed. These are examples of absences that will not be excused:
1. Any absence where the student/family failed to comply with any reporting requirements of the school district’s attendance procedures
2. Including but not limited to - missing the bus, work, extra sleep, baby sitting, hair appointments, shopping, skipping class, etc.
3. Family vacations not pre-excused
Moorhead High School has an automated phone calling system that will contact a parent/guardian at the primary contact number at the end of each day when a student has an unexcused absence in a class.
Consequences of Unexcused Absences:
1. Students will receive no credit for work due on the day of an unexcused absence.
2. Detention will be assigned for each class missed (1 session for a skinny, 2 sessions for a block).
3. Coaches and advisors will be advised of team members/students who have unserved detentions. Students are not permitted to participate in any games, contests, performances or miss any class time until all detentions are served.
4. Minnesota Statute 260A.02 defines a student with unexcused absences in three (3) or more classes on three (3) different days as a “Continuing Truant.” Students meeting the Continuing Truant criteria may be referred to the county attorney media program.
5. Minnesota Statute 260C.007 defines a student with an unexcused absence from one or more class periods on seven (7) different school days as an “Habitual Truant.” Students meeting the Habitual Truant criteria may be referred to the county attorney media program.
6. Parent/guardian, student and school administration conference may be required to discuss absences and the prescribed discipline. Parents/guardians and students are encouraged to initiate this conference to help rectify attendance issues.
15 DAY DROP/WITHDRAWAL: A student who has been absent from school for 15 consecutive school days during the regular school year without receiving approved instruction in the home or hospital shall be dropped from the roll and classified as withdrawn as soon as the parent reports or after day 15, whichever comes first (Minnesota Statute 126C.05 Subd. 8).
ILLNESS DURING THE SCHOOL DAY: Students becoming ill during the school day have access to and services available at the school health office. Any student leaving school during the day due to illness must be excused by the health office or a parent/guardian through the health office. Friends will not be excused to transport students.
TARDINESS: Students are expected to be to their assigned area on time. Excessive tardiness will not be accepted. Students who are tardy to their first period class will be given a pass at Door 13 or will need to go to the old commons to receive a tardy slip from a hall monitor. Students who are tardy for second period through the end of the day will need to report to the office to receive a tardy slip. Students will not be admitted to class without a tardy slip.
Moorhead High School uses digital clocks. Students need to be at their assigned area at least one minute prior to class starting (ex. in class at 8:24 or earlier for a class starting at 8:25).
Unexcused Tardy Consequence Progression
Every unexcused tardy after the 3rd will result in the student being assigned 1 session of detention. This progression will be for the duration of the school year; there will not be a restart after first semester.
Students with excessive tardies may be required to have a parent/student conference with their class principal to address issues causing the tardiness.
MAKE-UP POLICIES FOR EXCUSED ABSENCES: School work missed because of an excused absence must be made up within two class days from the date of the student’s return to school. This applies to school work assigned during the time period the student was absent from school. Any previously assigned work is due on the day of the student’s return. The student will be required to make arrangements with the teacher to make up any school work missed and receive a grade. A teacher may require additional assignments to compensate for any loss of class discussion and information. Students in school-sponsored activities should not assume they have the right to an extended deadline for school work.
School work not turned in to a teacher within the two-day guideline may result in the assignments receiving a lower grade or no credit. In the case of a prolonged (3 or more days) excused absence, the teacher and student should mutually agree upon a deadline. An administrator will mediate if mutual agreement is not reached.
ADVANCE MAKE-UP: In the event that students are aware they will be absent from school for more than two (2) days it is their responsibility to make arrangements with classroom teachers to complete any work assigned or due during their absence.
For additional information refer to School Board Policy 515
on the school district website or in the school office.