Attendance at MHS
September 22, 2020
Dear Parents and Students,
We are now completing our third week of the new school year. Teachers will be recording the Semester 1, 3-week progress grades on Monday, September 28. The annual Education Minnesota Fall Break is scheduled for Thursday, October 15 and Friday, October 16. Term 1 Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled for Monday, October 19 from 3:45 – 7:45 pm. I’ll be sending out another letter regarding Term 1 Parent/Teacher conferences soon.
Adapting to the hybrid learning model has, for the most part, gone well. We continue to adjust and modify our procedures as we find it necessary. I would like to commend our students on how well they have done to comply with the new lunch schedule, traffic flow, social distancing practices, and academic effort in the classroom. Their willingness to follow these new restrictions has helped up get off to a good start. We are still hoping that at some point we will be able to return to a full face to face setting during the current school year.
One area that we need to adjust is with our attendance expectations, attendance recording, and attendance reporting. The reason for this is that we need to align our practices with the other schools in the District, as well as to be able to more timely and accurately notify our families and the Minnesota Department of Education. Our expectation continues to be that all students will be in attendance five days a week. Students are required to attend in person three days a week, with these days determined by the hybrid learning group in which they were placed. If a student will not be attending (either in person or virtual) we require that a parent/guardian notify the school of the absence and the reason for it.
Beginning on September 28 the following criteria will be utilized in determining a student’s attendance:
- Absences verified by a parent/guardian will be marked “absent excused.”
- Absences not verified by a parent/guardian will be marked “absent unexcused.”
- Students who are scheduled to be in school may not“choose” to learn virtually that day. If this occurs, the student will be marked absent (excused with notification or unexcused without notification).
- Students who have an appointment and are absent from class (either in person or virtual) will be counted absent (excused with notification or unexcused without notification).
- Students who have been advised to stay at home should contact the school nurse.
We will continue to adjust as needed throughout the school year as we gain experience with the hybrid model. If at any time you have any questions, please call at the number listed above. As always, we thank you for your support.
Brian Jones, Principal