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Attendance & School Absences



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. *(If your schedule is tight, you may want to call the office when you are 5-10 minutes away from school so that the office can locate your child and call them down to the office.)

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 the 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.

Attendance Policy


School Withdrawal Procedure

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. If your new address is known, please provide that in case there are report cards or other important documents we need to forward. You can use the form below, and return it to the Parkside office.

Student Withdrawal Form

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