Minneapolis Public Schools Attendance Policy
Minneapolis Public Schools recognizes that daily attendance is critical to academic achievement. It is our goal to work with students, families and communities to support regular school attendance and improve academic achievement. Please call your school for further assistance or questions about the attendance policy.
For every absence you MUST call the Attendance Line at 612-668-2755
even if you have talked to or emailed the teacher.
Minnesota law states that all students are required to attend school from age 7, or when they enter kindergarten (whichever comes first) until they are 18 years old. A student's failure to attend school may lead to legal action for the parents/guardians and the student.
Attendance PolicyMinneapolis Public Schools recognizes that daily attendance is critical to your child’s school success. It is our goal to work with students, families and communities to support regular school attendance. Ninety-five percent (95%) attendance is set as the district minimum standard for each student. In order for a student to meet that goal, the student must not miss more than eight days of school for an entire year, excused or unexcused.
- Doctor/Dentist Appointments Whenever possible, please schedule doctor and dentist appointments before and after school. If you must schedule an appointment during school, the appointment will be excused only upon receiving a written note from the doctor or dentist.
- Illness Students are allowed up to 8 total absences a year, or 3 days in a row, due to illness. A doctor's note must be provided if your child is gone from school more than 8 total days over the school year, or 3 days in a row. Because your child's health is important to us, school staff can help your child if you do not have health insurance or cannot afford to see a doctor. Please contact your school if you need help.
- School Bus Problems If your child misses school because the bus was late or did not show up at the bus stop, you must report this to the school that morning.
- Religious Holidays/Cultural Observances If your child will be gone due to a religious holiday or cultural observance, you must notify the school in advance.
- Funeral Students may be gone up to 4 days a year because of a funeral. If your child will be gone more than 4 days, you must get written approval for additional excused time from the Principal, Assistant Principal, or the Social Worker.
- Family Emergency Students may be gone up to 3 days a year because of a family emergency. If your child will be gone more than 3 days, you must get written approval for additional excused time from the Principal, Assistant Principal, or the Social Worker.
- Family Activity A student may be gone up to 5 days from school for a pre-approved family activity such as a vacation. To get pre-approval from the school, you must do the following:
- At least 10 days before leaving, request permission from the school for your child to be gone by submitting a 'Family Activity Attendance Form'
- Before leaving, get your child's homework and agree that your child will finish the homework.
- Make sure that your child will not be gone for important tests (FAST, MCA).
- Agree in writing that your child will miss no more than 5 days of school.
MPS Policy regarding Unexcused Absences
Once a student has reached 5 days of vacation, additional days of vacation will be considered unexcused absences and a Principal letter is sent home.
At 6 days of unexcused absences, a Parent Group Meeting (PGM) referral is made to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office. This office will send a letter to the child's parent.
At 9 days, of unexcused absences an 'educational neglect report' is sent to Hennepin County.
Please avoid the need for Be@School referrals by maintaining contact with the school by leaving a message on the Attendance line or by calling the Health Office, a family liaison or a school social worker.
The Jefferson school day begins at 9:30 a.m. It is vital that students arrive to school on time as some of the most important information and community building take place in the first 20 minutes of the day. One of the most valuable life skills a student can learn is taking the responsibility of arriving at school every day on time. This skill can easily be accomplished and will transfer as a valuable asset for the future. One of the most important times of the school day is the morning. This is the time when important school news is announced, teachers define the plans for the day, and instructional goals are reviewed and set. The whole tone of a child's school day is set in the first part of the day. By 9:30 a.m., instruction in the core curriculum has begun. Please help support your children in learning habits that will help them be successful at school and throughout life.
School Schedule And Tardy Procedures:
- 9:15-9:25 a.m. Students are released to walk to class and get breakfast if needed.
- 9:30 a.m. Bell rings. All students should be in their classrooms.
- 9:30 a.m. Students arriving at this time are TARDY and must sign in on the tardy roster in the main office.
- After 3 tardies, a letter will be sent home reminding families of the attendance and tardy procedures.
- If a child is tardy 6 times or has 6 early releases from school without a valid excuse that will be counted as an unexcused absence.