Attendance Information

BHS Office Hours:  Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

BHS Attendance Hotline: 763.682.8181

Health Office: Kirk Lomker at 763.682.8121

School Nurse: Karen Schultz at 763.682.8120

Statement of Purpose
The administration and faculty of Buffalo High School believe that regular school attendance is a significant and valuable component of a student's education. Regular attendance is directly correlated to successful academic achievement. Moreover, consistent school attendance is one means by which a student develops responsibility and self-discipline. For these reasons, student absence from school should be limited to those instances in which it is unavoidable. Each student, his or her parent or guardian, and the school share an obligation to encourage and ensure the student's continuous school attendance. The school may request medical verification for excessive absences. This philosophy is reflected and implemented in the Attendance Policy of Buffalo High School.

Out of Building Passes
In order to leave the school during the school day; students must obtain an "Out of Building Pass" prior to leaving. You can obtain this "Out of Building Pass" from 8:20a.m. to 8:50a.m. You need to provide the Attendance Office with a parental note or phone call that gives you permission to leave. Please make every effort to schedule personal appointments outside of the school day. If you leave school at any time without signing out and obtaining an "Out of Building Pass, your absence will be considered a truancy.

Absence from School
A student will be considered absent when the student is missing from school for any day or part of the day. Teachers will make students aware of specific absence/attendance expectations. It is the student's responsibility to know each of their teacher's specific policies.
When absences from school become habitual, a letter requesting medical verification will be sent home. From that point on, all additional absences will require medical verification to be considered excused.

Reporting Procedure
Before or on the morning of a student's absence, the student's parents or guardian is requested to call the attendance clerk's voice mail at 763.682.8181.  This number is available 24 hours a day.

Students and parents should be aware that if the school does not receive verification to excuse the absence within two days of the absence, the absence may become a truancy.

Excused Absences
Valid excuses for absence/tardies are: Illness, medical or dental appointments, death of a family member or close relative, religious reasons, official school field trips, co-curricular events, suspension, up to two (2) days for significant family event, and other absences/tardies at the discretion of the building administration.

Unexcused Absences/Tardies
Those absences/tardies which are not listed under Excused Absences/Tardies and are not excused by an administrator shall be considered unexcused (i.e.: missed the bus, overslept or personal reasons).

Advanced Make-Up
Students who are absent because of activities, vacations, and other scheduled or prearranged activities must notify the office with an advanced notification before their absence or the absence may be considered unexcused/truant. Advance notification forms are available in the office. Homework must be completed in advance of the absence or other arrangements should be made with your teachers. Examples: College fairs, state tournaments, family vacations.

Tardiness
We believe that being on time is a very important life skill. Students are expected to be in class when the block begins.  Students who are tardy first block should report directly to their classroom.  Teachers will inform students of their individual tardy policy.  Students should be aware that tardiness may result in loss of credit for coursework missed.

Truancy
When a student is absent from any class without parental request and administrative approval, the absence is considered a truancy.  Absences that are not excused within two days are truancies.  Remember the attendance telephone line is accessible 24 hours a day.  It is the student's responsibility to make sure his or her absences are verified.

Consequences of Truancy
Students will not receive credit for any work missed for truancies (i.e.: tests, quizzes, reports due, etc.).

Truancies will be dealt with as follows:

  1. For a student's first and second truancy, a disciplinary referral form will be sent home.  Also, the student may be required to meet with an administrator.
  2. For any additional truancy, the student may be sent home pending a parent conference.
  3. Continual or habitual truancy may result in the loss of credit.