- Early dismissal
- Arrival Time
- Late Arrival
- When your child is absent from school (see below)
- Unexcused Absences (see below)
- Personal & Family Vacation Prearrangement Policy
- Your name
- Your child's name, grade, and teacher
- Reason for absence
- Letter to parents/guardian documenting nature of the concern
- Telephone call to the home (documented)
- Conference with school principal (documented with follow-up letter to parents)
- Attend meeting with Bloomington's School Attendance Review Board
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.
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 8:45 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.