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Attendance Information

Washburn School makes every effort to promote good school attendance.  As parents you have a responsibility to ensure good attendance, which promotes academic achievement as well as the development of important lifetime skills and attitudes. 
Our goal for every child at Washburn is attendance on 95% of school days, which is equal to missing no more than nine school days for the year. Please partner with us if you need assistance in this area.

The school day for Kindergarten through grade 5 is 9:00 A.M. - 3:20 P.M.


Each child is expected to be in school regularly and on time unless:
1. Prevented by illness
2. Pre-excused with reason

Under Minnesota Statute 120A.22 Compulsory Instruction, parents are responsible to enroll their children in school and to ensure that students under age 12 attend.  Family authorized absences must be verified by a phone call or parent note.  These absences may include student illness, family emergency, medical or dental appointments, major religious holidays or legal appointments.  If a parent or guardian wishes to keep a child out of school for any reason other than those above (such as a family vacation), arrangements should be made in advance through the child’s teacher and the principal in order for those absences to be excused.  

When Your Child is Absent from School
Call the attendance number, 952-681-5502. The attendance number is in operation 24 hours a day. Call anytime to report an absence. Please call each day your child is absent and leave the following information:
  1. Your name
  2. Your child's name, grade, and teacher
  3. Reason for absence
If the school does not hear from you and your child is absent, the school Health Service Associate will attempt to contact you by telephone.  Any student absence without communication from a parent is considered unexcused.

Hennepin County Attorney’s Office (HCAO) be@school program 

State law requires schools to monitor attendance and send written notice to parents when a child has missed more than three unexcused days in a year.  After six unexcused absences, the family will be referred to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office (HCAO) be@school program.  Additional unexcused absences will result in continued involvement of the HCAO, and may include a child protection report of educational neglect and court intervention.

Students arriving after 9:00 AM are considered tardy.  Three unexcused tardies equal one unexcused absence in the Bloomington school district. Continued tardiness could result in an educational neglect report.  Some examples of unexcused tardiness include: overslept, missed bus and bad traffic.  A student who misses more than two hours is marked as half-day absent.

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