General Attendance Information
Attendance is an important component of student success.
Minnesota law states that all students are required to attend school from age 7, or when they enroll in kindergarten (whichever comes first) until they are 18 years old. A student's failure to attend school may lead to legal action for the parents/guardians and the student.
Is your student sick? Are you moving? Are you planning a vacation? Please call us so we can support you and your child. Be sure to leave a voicemail with your student’s first and last name and their grade along with the reason for their absence.
You can also use the link below to report an absence via Google Form.
Please note that you may still receive an automated phone call stating that your student is absent; these calls are sent directly by the District, please allow a day to have your student‘s attendance reflect your call.
At Andersen, our goal is for all students to attend school at least 95% of the time. Student academic achievement is the primary goal of Minneapolis Public Schools. Although learning occurs in a variety of settings, time in class is essential to learning so that students can receive instruction and contribute as members of the learning community. Caregivers are responsible for ensuring children are enrolled and attending school. Please ensure your child is here every day!
Attendance Line: 612-668-4219 or fill out this FORM
What are excused absences?
Students are allowed up to 8 total absences a year, or 3 days in a row, due to an illness. A doctor's note must be provided if your child is gone from school more than 8 total days over the school year or 3 days in a row. Because your child's health is important to us, school staff can help your child if you do not have health insurance or cannot afford to see a doctor -please contact your school if you need help.
Whenever possible, please schedule doctor and dentist appointments before or after school. For those that must be scheduled during school, the appointment will be excused only upon receiving a written note from the doctor or dentist.
School Bus Problems
If your child misses school because the bus was late or did not show up at the bus stop, report this to the school that morning.
Religious Holidays/Cultural Observances
If your child will be gone due to a religious holiday or cultural observance, please notify the school in advance.
Students may be gone up to 4 days a year because of a funeral. If your child will be gone more than 4 days, we ask that you get written approval for an additional excused time from a teacher, social worker, or principal.
Students may be gone up to 3 days a year because of a family emergency. If your child will be gone for more than 3 days, please obtain written approval from a social worker or principal.
A student may be gone up to 5 days from school for a pre-approved family activity. To get pre-approval from the school, please do the following:
- At least 10 days before leaving, request permission from the school for your child to be gone for a family activity.
- Before leaving, get your child's homework and agree that your child will finish the homework.
- Make sure that your student will not be gone for important tests like the MCA, NALT, or MBST.
- Agree in writing that your child will miss no more than 5 days of school.
Family Activities, Extended
If your family activity will last more than 5 days, we ask that you obtain permission from the principal in writing before you leave. If the principal gives permission to be gone longer than 5 days, your child will be expected to turn in a school report and/or a presentation to their teacher(s).
Unexcused absences and those absences not acknowledged by note or telephone call are subject to truancy/attendance procedures. All enrolled children are subject to Minnesota's compulsory attendance laws. Schools are required to notify parents and Hennepin County Juvenile Court when a child is deemed truant.