There are times when a child cannot attend school for legitimate reasons. Excused absences are occurrences considered legitimate reasons for non-attendance. Excused absences include:
- Illness: extended illness related absences might result in a request for a doctor's note
- Sickness or death in the family
- Impassable road (Normally the school will be closed on a snow day but there may be good cause for absence for a child who lives in an isolated area where roads have not been properly cleared of snow or other debris.)
- Observance of religious holidays not recognized by public schools.
- Suspension, Exclusion, or Expulsion from school (This refers to students who have been removed from school following 121A.40 Minnesota Fair Pupil Dismissal Law.)
- The student needs emergency medical or dental treatment
- Other Absences (This refers to special cases of family travel or other special circumstances where the absence from school is agreed upon by the parents, teachers, and the administration prior to the absence.)
The school does not recognize unexcused absences as legitimate reasons for non-attendance. Examples of unexcused absences may include (but is not limited to) the following:
- The student didn't feel like going to school and health reasons did not prevent attendance.
- The student went shopping.
- The student was helping at home.
- The student was caring for younger siblings.
- The non-attendance was deliberate on the part of the student ("skipping")
- The student was being punished/grounded.
Tardiness is any late arrival or early departure without a legitimate reason. It is important that your child arrives at school on time every day. Tardiness not only affects a student who is tardy, but causes a disruption in the classroom and is a loss of educational time for your child.
If students have excessive tardiness the following procedure will be followed by The World Learner School administration:
- Parents or guardians are sent a letter from the administration if their child is tardy six or more times in a trimester.
- If tardiness continues, the administration may at its discretion, total the amount of tardy time to equal unexcused absences with unexcused absence procedures to be followed.