In accordance with state law, all children who reside within the boundaries of the District and are between six (6) and eighteen (18) years of age must attend school regularly unless:

  1. excused for physical or psychological reasons upon the written recommendation of persons designated under state law;
  2. excused for reasons outlined in the District’s student attendance procedures;
  3. excused because of a Board-approved program or curriculum modification;
  4. attending an approved private or parochial school or home-based private educational program;
  5. attending another district by means of Open Enrollment.

Legal responsibility for school attendance remains with the parent/guardian.

The Principal has the authority granted by the Board under Statute 118.001 to approve or deny any request to permit a student to be absent and/or leave the building during the school hours when the principal has probable cause to believe such action may endanger the child, violate a court order, or is uncertain of the identity of the person requesting custody.

The District shall establish procedures pertaining to attendance, absence, tardiness, and the basis for excused absences. The procedures will be published in the Student Handbook.

All students in grades kindergarten through eight are considered full-time students and are expected to attend school for the full school day. Students in four year-old kindergarten will attend school according to the prescribed hours for the specific program. Students in the four year-old kindergarten program will attend school as scheduled for the 525 hours.

Students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs) may carry reduced schedules prescribed by the Individualized Educational Program.

Students who are absent may be required to have a written excuse that includes the reason for the absence. The school should be notified by 9:00 A.M. that a child will not be attending school for that day and/or subsequent days. Students are expected to makeup all schoolwork missed due to an absence.

The pre-arranged absence form is to be used for all absences that are planned for the future.

Parents are encouraged to submit the form two weeks in advance of the absence or as early as possible to facilitate completion of schoolwork that will be missed due to the absence.

Legal Ref.: Wisconsin Statutes

Section 118.15 (Compulsory school attendance)
Section 118.16 (School attendance enforcement)
Section 118.162 (Truancy committee and plan)
Section 118.165 (Private schools)

First Reading: August 4, 2009
Second Reading: August 18, 2009
Approved: August 18, 2009

For the Board of Education: Tom Steiner, President; Lynn Jaeger, Vice President; Cole Marshall, Clerk; Bill Barhyte, Treasurer; Sue Giovanni, Member