STUDENT ATTENDANCE EXPECTATIONS

Students are subject to state mandatory attendance laws and must be in school unless an  approved excuse is provided. Failure to attend or follow procedures to properly excuse an absence may result in legal consequences. The LUHS attendance plan will provide communication to students and their families to avoid conflicts and to help resolve attendance challenges. LUHS will fulfill its responsibilities under state law to refer habitual truants to court and to cooperate with court sanctions against students and families who are unable to honor state mandatory attendance laws and school board policies and procedures.
In accordance with state law, all children between the ages of 6 and 18 years of age are required to be in regular school attendance unless excused for statutory or school board approved reasons. The Lakeland Union High School Board has approved policies and procedures to support state attendance statutes (please see Appendix A). It is important that all students and their families become familiar with these laws, policies and procedures. LUHS will utilize the various governmental, state, county and tribal agencies to address issues of habitual truancy with students at LUHS. These include but are not limited to the Lac du Flambeau Tribal Court, Oneida County Court, and Vilas County Court.

18 YEAR-OLD ATTENDANCE
A student upon reaching 18 years of age and still living at home must follow the required absence-excuse procedure requiring parent verification. A student who desires to take full responsibility for his/her attendance, must make this request known by signing an 18 year-old letter. The student is then responsible for the reporting of his/her own excuses to be monitored by the principal as indicated in a contract to be signed by the student. Parents/guardians of 18 year-old students will be kept aware of the student’s academic status. State law allows that truancy proceedings may be started if an 18 year-old student misses all or part of five days without a legitimate excuse in the semester in which they turn 18.

STUDENT PUNCTUALITY
All students arriving to school after 8:10 a.m. must report directly to the main office to obtain a tardy pass. Similarly, students who arrive to class after the bell has sounded (periods 2 through 8) are also considered tardy/late to class. Habitual tardiness will result in the student being subject to consequences such as restricted lunches and/or restricted study hall. Students that arrive to class more than 10 minutes late without an excuse will be recorded as unexcused.

EXCUSED ABSENCES
Regular school attendance is necessary to achieve academic success. Regular attendance is the responsibility of the students, parents, and school. The greatest factors that contribute to below standard schoolwork or low or failing grades in school are tardiness and absence from school. Students enrolled at LUHS are expected to be in class at all times during school hours unless they are participating in an approved modified program. LUHS is interested in supporting efforts to assist students in making appropriate decisions regarding their school attendance.
Student absences at LUHS will be excused for the following reasons:
  • An advance request by parents/guardians for their child to be absent for reasons they deem appropriate 
up to all or part of 5 days per semester, 10 per school year
  • Illnesses verified by parents/guardians or medical professionals
  • Religious holiday
  • Those absences allowed under state statute section 118.15(3)(a)
  • A death in the immediate family or funeral for close relatives
  • A court appearance or other legal procedure (only excused for the time required for travel and 
appearance)
  • School-ordered suspensions 

A. Students with pre-approved excused absences (school activities, sports trips, etc.) must communicate
wiwith their teacher(s) prior to the excused absence to develop a timeline for submission of missed work, quizzes, tests, etc.
B. Students with an unexpected excused absence (medical, funeral, etc.) will be granted two days make-up time for each day of absence.
Make-up work for extended absences will be arranged with individual teachers.  Phone calls are appreciated for student absences, but a written note is required for the absence to be excused and must be turned into the high school office no later than two days from the date of the absence.  Any note turned in after the two-day time limit may not be accepted and may remain unexcused.
 


EXCESSIVE EXCUSED ABSENCES 
Excessive excused absences are a major concern for LUHS and will be closely monitored. School board policy allows parents to make discretionary decisions regarding excused absences; however, LUHS administration
 has the authority to require medical or professional verification if parents/guardians excuse their son/daughter more than five times per semester. Parents have a right to request the school board to provide the student with programming or curriculum modifications as outlined in section 118.15 (1) (d) of the Wisconsin state statutes and the decision-making process to be used in responding to such requests under sections 118.15(1)(dm) and (e) of the state statutes. 


UNEXCUSED ABSENCES 
Any absences not excused under Board of Education policy will be considered unexcused. Please be aware that a student will be referred as a habitual truant if absent unexcused for part or all of five or more days in a school semester. Infinite Campus provides parents with access to attendance records in real time. 
The list below shows the interventions by LUHS for unexcused student absences. Remember, the procedures of Board Policy 431-Rule (see Appendix A) must be followed or an absence will be unexcused.

  • If unexcused absences occur:

1. Student and parent/guardian will be notified when multiple unexcused absences occur

2. If unexcused absences continue, a parent/guardian meeting will be arranged to identify strategies 
to improve attendance

3. If attendance issues continue, truancy citation and/or court referral will occur
  • Documented contact will continue with parent(s)/guardian(s) and possibly the court system. An administrative team intervention will determine the school district’s response to continued truancy problems. Unexcused absences may result in placement in restricted study hall and/or restricted lunch.
 
PARENT CONTACT/ATTENDANCE CORRECTION PROCEDURES
  • It is the parent’s responsibility to provide a written note for any absences. Period absences need to be cleared by the student with his/her scheduled teacher for that specific class period. It is the responsibility of the student to clear absences (for example, a student that is absent fifth hour, requires the fifth period teacher’s written approval to excuse the absence). The student must then bring the signed attendance verification back to the attendance secretary for correction of his/her attendance. Parents are encouraged to check their student’s attendance through the LUHS website at www.luhs.k12.wi.us. Parents who need their Infinite Campus username and password information should contact the high school office.