Attendance Procedures and Information
When a student is absent for any reason, the parent or guardian is
required notify school at 336-8880 x3400 by 11:00 a.m. For your convenience, the Attendance Hotline
is available 24 hours a day. If you are
unable to call that day, please send a written note explaining the absence upon
the student’s return. This note should
include the date(s) of absence, the reason of the absence, the parent/guardian
signature, and a phone number where the parent/guardian can be reached for possible
verification. Failure to notify the
school by phone or with a written explanation of your child’s absence will
result in an unexcused absence.
Duluth School Board policy #5025 outlines the reasons for excused
absences. They are:
- Sickness of pupil
- Sickness in the
immediate family of pupil
- Danger of imprudent
exposure to illness
- Medical or dental
- Death in the
days kept sacred by the pupil when religious/spiritual services are observed
only during school hours
- Subpoenas for
testimony in court or quasi-judicial hearings
- Important events
requiring student participation, such as state or national contests,
tournaments, concerts, or performances. To be excused, advance notification is
- Temporary absence
from the city upon personal request of the parent/guardian provided the request
was made in advance or was of an emergency nature.
- Other reasons
verified by the parent/guardian and mutually acceptable to both the
parent/guardian and building administration.
Why is Attendance Important?
Regular attendance is an extremely important requirement for all
students. There are many reasons why
good attendance is important. Here are
attendance is a part of your permanent record and of genuine concern to any
- If you
are not present for classroom activities, it is difficult to "make
up" important daily activities and experiences.
studies have shown that time spent on task within classes greatly increase the
amount of learning that takes place.
- It is the
law! Every child between seven and
sixteen years of age is required to be enrolled in school.