Hours & Attendance
Attendance Procedures and Information
When a student is absent for any reason, the parent or guardian is required notify school at 336-8880 x3400 by 11:00 a.m. For your convenience, the Attendance Hotline is available 24 hours a day. If you are unable to call that day, please send a written note explaining the absence upon the student’s return. This note should include the date(s) of absence, the reason of the absence, the parent/guardian signature, and a phone number where the parent/guardian can be reached for possible verification. Failure to notify the school by phone or with a written explanation of your child’s absence will result in an unexcused absence.
Duluth School Board policy #5025 outlines the reasons for excused absences. They are:
- Sickness of pupil
- Sickness in the immediate family of pupil
- Danger of imprudent exposure to illness
- Medical or dental treatment
- Death in the immediate family
- Religious/spiritual days kept sacred by the pupil when religious/spiritual services are observed only during school hours
- Subpoenas for testimony in court or quasi-judicial hearings
- School-sponsored activities
- Important events requiring student participation, such as state or national contests, tournaments, concerts, or performances. To be excused, advance notification is required.
- Temporary absence from the city upon personal request of the parent/guardian provided the request was made in advance or was of an emergency nature.
- Other reasons verified by the parent/guardian and mutually acceptable to both the parent/guardian and building administration.
Why is Attendance Important?
Regular attendance is an extremely important requirement for all students. There are many reasons why good attendance is important. Here are four:
- Good attendance is a part of your permanent record and of genuine concern to any future employer.
- If you are not present for classroom activities, it is difficult to "make up" important daily activities and experiences.
- Many studies have shown that time spent on task within classes greatly increase the amount of learning that takes place.
- It is the law! Every child between seven and sixteen years of age is required to be enrolled in school.