Attendance

Attendance:

Students are expected to be in school on time each day. School begins at 8:10 a.m. A student arriving after that time will be considered tardy. School ends at 3:10 p.m.

If a student is absent from school, parents are asked to call the Caddie Woodlawn Elementary School @ 715-672-8977. You may either leave a message with the secretary or leave a voice mail message on the answering machine whenever the office is closed. This message should include the reason for the child’s absence. We ask for your cooperation with this for two reasons. Our primary concern is the safety of your child and if a child is not in school, we need to know that he/she is safe. Second, we are required by law to maintain an attendance record for each child.

We would like to remind you that failure to call could result in the child being considered unexcused. Frequent unexcused absences result in a student being considered truant.

Excused absences are defined as:

  • Bona fide religious holiday
  • A showing that the child is not in proper physical or mental condition to attend school. After 10 excused absences per school semester, the district may require the parent to provide a written doctor’s excuse upon the student’s return to school. Such excuse shall be in writing, shall state the period of time for which it is valid, and shall not exceed 30 days. Each absence over that amount without a doctor’s excuse may be considered truant and the district will act in accordance with the School Board approved attendance policy.
  • A bona fide suspension pursuant to Section 10.13 of Wisconsin State Statutes.
  • Any parent request for student absence made known to the school in writing prior to the date of absences. A maximum of ten days per school year is allowed, per state statute.
  • Other good cause, as shown in advance to the attendance officer or designee.

Unexcused Absences are defined as: any absences beyond the ten parental requests that are not covered by any of the excused absences listed above.  The designated attendance officer will:

  1. Determine excused absences.
  2. Determine unexcused absences.
  3. Notify the parent of a truant child by the end of the second day after receiving a report of each unexcused absence. The parent shall be directed to return the child to school no later than the next day or provide an acceptable excuse. Notice may be given by mail only after personal contract or a telephone call has been attempted.

Truancy Proceedings:

  1. Verify “habitual” truant—any absence without an acceptable excuse for part or all of five days per semester.
  2. Document evidence that appropriate school personnel have, within the school year during which a truancy has occurred:
    1. Met with, or attempted to meet with, the child’s parent or guardian to discuss the truancy.
    2. Provided an opportunity for educational counseling to the child to determine whether a change in the child’s curriculum would resolve the child’s truancy and that curriculum modifications have been considered.
    3. Evaluated the child to determine whether learning problems may be a cause of the child’s truancy and if so, taken steps to overcome the learning problems.
    4. Conducted an evaluation to determine whether social problems may be a cause of the child’s truancy and if so, taken appropriate action or made appropriate referrals, per Chapter 48.13 (6) and 118.16 (5) WI Statutes.
  3. When a child first becomes a “habitual” truant notice is given by mail and shall include the following information:
    1. A statement of the parent’s responsibility to cause the child to attend school regularly.
    2. A statement that the parent, guardian, or child may request program or curriculum modifications for the child and that the child may be eligible for enrollment in a program for Children at Risk.
    3. A request that the parent meet with appropriate school personnel to discuss the child’s truancy within five days of receipt of a certified letter.
    4. A statement that the penalty for failing to cause the child to attend school is a fine not to exceed $500.00 or imprisonment of no more than thirty (30) days or both.
    5. A specified date by which the child is to return to school. This would be within seven days of mailing the letter.
  1. Referral for Enforcement: If a student does not return to school or returns and becomes truant again, there will be a referral to Pepin County Juvenile Court Intake.