Attendance Information

Attendance Contacts

NORTHWINDS ATTENDANCE HOTLINE: 763.682.8804
Health Office: Marie Otten: 763.682.8803
District Nurse:
Sue Thomson: 763.682.8514

ATTENDANCE INFORMATION

Checking Students In and Out of School
We understand that family schedules do not always mix easily with school schedules. If a child is late to school, we ask that an adult personally check the child in at the office. You will need to sign your child in on our office log and obtain a pass for class. If a child needs to leave early during the school day, please come to the office and check the student out through a secretary or the health office. Please send a note with your child in the morning so the teacher is aware that a student will be leaving early from school.

 

Student Absences
Regular daily attendance is important to school success. It is critical for students to have consistent attendance in order to be successful and have a positive learning experience. If your child is ill or must miss school, please call the school office/attendance line and leave a detailed message stating student name, teacher name, and reason for absence. School work missed during an absence must be made up. Parents will be contacted at work or home if an absence is not reported. The Board of Education defines the following reasons as excused absences: illness, religious observance, death of a family member or close relative, family emergency, or a medical, dental or mental health appointment that cannot be scheduled before or after the school day. Unexcused absences, such as missing the bus, oversleeping, or those that are not acknowledged by note, or telephone call, are subject to truancy procedures. When no excuse is presented to the school, the absence will be considered unexcused.

Excessive absenteeism or tardiness may result in the school requesting a meeting with the parent or guardian to discuss the problem and/or requiring medical verification for absences.  Excessive unexcused absences or tardiness may result in an intervention from Wright County Child Protection under their educational neglect policy.

District Unexcused Absence/Tardiness Policy

  • 3 unexcused tardies = 1 unexcused absence
  • After 3 unexcused absences (9 unexcused tardies), parent contacted; Wright County Human Services may be notified.
  • After 7 unexcused absences (21 unexcused tardies), educational neglect may be filed according to state statute.
You are strongly encouraged to take family vacations during school holidays such as winter or spring break. In the event this is not possible, the principal's office as well as the child's teacher should be informed in advance of any special vacation that will cause student absence from school.

We understand that family schedules do not always mix easily with school schedules.  If a child is late to school, we ask that an adult check the child in at the office.  If a child needs to leave early, please come to the main office and health office to check the student out. Please send a note with your child in the morning so that the teacher is aware that a student will be leaving early from school.

Withdrawal Procedures

Please notify the teacher and the school office prior to withdrawing your child when transferring to another school.  You are asked to indicate the last date of attendance and the name of the new school.  This will enable us to ensure that your child's school records are forwarded to the new school.

Health Services
Students arriving at the health office will be monitored for signs of illness based on their concerns. Students with temperatures greater than 100 degrees, diarrhea or vomiting will be excluded from school unless special circumstances surround the nature of the illness and the licensed school nurse has deemed it appropriate.

Keep your child home from school if within the past 24 hours they have had:

  • Temperature of 100 degrees or higher. Please do not medicate your child with Tylenol or Ibuprofen to mask fever prior to sending them to school.
  • Vomiting/diarrhea
  • Antibiotic treatment begun for strep throat, imetigo, pink eye. etc... Antibiotics must be given for 24 hours before returning to school.

The school nurse who coordinates health services for preschool through Grade 5 in our district is Sue Thomson, RN. The health assistant assigned to our building full-time is Marie Otten. Please feel free to contact them with any health concerns.

Vacations
You are strongly encouraged to take family vacations during school holidays such as winter or spring break. In the event this is not possible, the principal's office as well as the child's teacher should be informed in advance of any special vacation that will cause student absence from school by filling out a Vacation Form at least 3 days in advance, and returning it to the office. The forms are available in the office, or you can print it out below.

Vacation Form

BEHAVIOR AND DISCIPLINE

School Wide Behavior Expectations

General Building Expectations:

1.  Use quiet voices in hallways, rest rooms and around the building.

2.  Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.

3.  Follow directions from adults.

4.  Walk at all times in the hallway in an orderly fashion.

5.  Walk carefully on the right side of the stairway.

6.  Use appropriate language at all times.

7.  Electronic devices will not disrupt learning.

 

"Peaceful" Lunchroom Expectations:

1. Use good table manners and be polite.

2. Choose a place to sit, remain seated and do not save seats for other students.

3. Trading and/or sharing food is not allowed.

4. All food needs to be eaten in the cafeteria.

5. Clean up after yourself.

6. Wait to be dismissed by supervisor and walk to line up.

 

"Rockin Recess" Expectations:

1. Show good sportsmanship at all times.

2. Use playground equipment properly and safely.

3. Keep hands, feet and bodies to yourself.

4. Listen to playground supervisors.

5. Line up quickly but safely when the whistle blows.


Bullying
Any act of bullying, by either an individual student or a group of students, is expressly prohibited on school district property or at school-related functions.  This policy applies not only to students who directly engage in an act of bullying but also to students who, by their indirect behavior, condone or support another student's act of bullying.  This policy also applies to any student whose conduct interferes with the safety or welfare of the student, other students or employees.