Students are required to attend school each day it is in session and to attend all scheduled classes and/or required programs. The progress of students will be based on fulﬁlling the requirements of their classes, including regular participation in classroom instruction.
Osseo Education Center states that classroom attendance and success are directly related. The following attendance procedure is an endeavor to assure this success and is part of the School Board Policy 503.
Reporting an absence
Please call the Osseo Education Center attendance line before 10 a.m. on the day of an absence.
Appointments for dentist, doctor, mental health professional, orthodontist, legal matters, funerals, illnesses, in- or out-of-school suspension, late bus, religious reasons, or severe weather will be excused.
Situations such as sibling adoption or birth; family, student, or personal concern; family illness; or prearranged vacation may be excused at the principal’s discretion.
Absences due to sibling child care, no stated reason, missed the bus, and non-school extracurricular activities (dance, music, sports/activities lessons, etc.) will not be excused.
MN Statute 260A.02 Subd. 3 states that when a child under 12 years of age has three days of unexcused absences, he or she is considered a continuing truant.
MN Statute 260C.007 Subd.19 states that when an elementary child is absent from attendance at school without lawful excuse for seven days, he or she is considered a habitual truant.
The district has a defined procedure for recording full, half-day, and partial-day attendance. Staff members monitor student attendance and work with families to ensure regular school attendance. If a student starts to show a pattern of missing all or a portion of the school day, staff will contact the child's parents/guardians. If a student has excessive absences (excused or unexcused), an administrator may become involved.
Follow-up for unexcused absences may include a letter from school staff seeking to resolve frequent, unexcused absences.
If the attempts to resolve unexcused absences are not successful and the student has accrued six unexcused absences, a referral will be made to the Hennepin County Attorney’s office for a Parent Group Meeting (PGM). After the PGM, if there are three additional days of unexcused absences, a referral will be made to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office for Educational Neglect.
In order to learn and comply with Minnesota’s compulsory instruction laws, students need to have consistent, regular attendance