We believe students who have regular attendance achieve more at school and are better adjusted to school. Learning that is lost due to absences can never be adequately replaced. Regular, sound attendance habits require the cooperation of students, parent(s)/guardian(s), and educators.
At Horizon East, tardies, lates and absences will be noted for each class period following these guidelines:
Tardy = 0-5 minutes
Late = 5-15 minutes
Absent = 15 or more minutes
At Horizon West, student attendance will be taken at the beginning of each school day. Students who arrive after 9:05 will be marked tardy.
Horizon Middle School complies with Minnesota State Statute in requiring that all students of middle school age attend school regularly when school is in session. The state of Minnesota recognizes the following reasons for excused absences: personal illness and/or medical, dental, or orthodontic treatment, death in the student’s immediate family or of a close friend or relative, serious illness in the student’s immediate family, court appearances occasioned by family or personal action, religious instructions not to exceed three hours in any week, physical emergency conditions (such as fire, flood, storm, etc.), official school field trip or other school-sponsored outing, or removal of a student pursuant to a suspension. Parents/guardians must notify Horizon East (218-284-7301) or Horizon West (218-284-8301) by phone using the main office attendance lines by 10 a.m. on the day of the absence to report the reason for the absence or submit the absence through PowerSchool. When you call the attendance line you will hear a voice message. Please leave your child’s name, grade, and reason for absence. Please call in each day that your child is absent due to illness. Physician verification may be requested for excused absences if personal illness goes beyond three consecutive days or ten or more cumulative days absences due to an illness.
Other reasons that could be acknowledged are personal requests for absence made 24 hours in advance (e.g., legal appointments, travel/family vacations, state tournaments and school activities). We encourage parent(s)/guardian(s) to hold these requests for absence to a maximum of 15 cumulative days per year. Students are responsible for completing coursework as if they were in attendance.
All work must be turned in before students participate in such an activity unless the teacher has made other arrangements. If a test is given on the day that students return to class, they are expected to take the exam. As in all cases of absence, students are responsible to obtain and complete makeup work.
Parent(s)/Guardian(s) may be asked to verify in writing the reason for a student’s absence from school. School work missed because of an excused absence must be made up within two 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.
EXTENDED EXCUSED ABSENCE
A request for extended excused absence includes educational trips or competitions where students are accompanied by a parent(s)/guardian(s) or coaches. In order to offer the best educational experience for students, parent(s)/guardian(s) are asked to refrain from scheduling family vacations, etc., during the school year. In cases of extended excused absence, a parent or guardian should call the school or send a signed note to indicate the date(s) of the future absence, along with the reason for the absence. The students must then secure an advance makeup slip from the office. It is the student's’ responsibility to circulate the slip to teachers, who will give the assignments for the day(s) of the absence. Unless a teacher has indicated otherwise, all work must be made up before the student leaves on the extended excused absence.
LEAVING AND RETURNING TO SCHOOL DURING THE SCHOOL DAY
If students must leave school during the day for any reason, they must report to the office before leaving and/or upon returning. If a student is to be picked up from school, parent(s)/guardian(s) must call the school, send a signed note, or call for their children to receive an out-of-building pass. Students returning from an appointment during the school day must check into the office before returning to class. By presenting an appointment card, students will be given an admit-to-class pass.
Horizon Middle School students have a closed lunch period. During the lunch period, students will be released only to their own parent(s)/guardian(s); parent(s)/guardian(s) are asked to come to the office and to meet their child there.
Students who arrive at school after 9:05 a.m. must report to the office before proceeding to their class. If a parent(s)/guardian(s) has called to report an excused tardy (for illness, appointments, or emergencies) or comes into the office with the child to report such a reason, the student will be given a pass and will proceed to class. If the nature of the tardy is unexcused (for skipping, missing the bus, oversleeping, etc.), the students will be given an unexcused tardy pass and sent to class.
Tardies are reviewed weekly. Students with excessive tardies will receive the following possible consequences: detention, in-school suspension, parent meeting, and/or Saturday school attendance.
Parents must call the school each day a student will not be attending or send a note to school accounting for each day missed when the student returns to school. If the parent(s)/guardian(s) does not notify the school within two days of the student’s return to school, the absence will remain unexcused. Unexcused absences are all absences which can be avoided or delayed and those for which prior arrangements have not been made. Common unexcused absences include missing the bus, oversleeping, babysitting, hair appointments, visiting friends, skipping class, working at home, and leaving school ill without checking out with the school nurse.
For additional information refer to School Board Policy 515
on the school district website or in the school office.