Attendance & Truancy Policy

What is Truancy?
  • Any full or partial day absence from school without an acceptable excuse
  • Five unexcused absences for all or part of a day (per semester) is considered "habitually truant" and is illegal by Wisconsin Law
  • Any absences without a written medical excuse from a doctor, if the student has reached ten or more excused absences

Wisconsin State Law (118.16) requires regular attendance at school. The following are acceptable excuses for an absence:

  • Personal illness (doctor confirmation may be requested)
  • Personal/family emergency
  • Required court appearance
  • Other circumstances approved by the school district
  • Written excuse before any additional pre-arranged absence (under 10 days per school year)

All other absences are unexcused - - please see the student handbook for details

Information on Attendance
  • Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year. Half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school.
  • Research shows that missing 10 percent of school, or about 18 days in most school districts, negatively affects a student's academic performance. That's just two days a month and that's known as chronic absence.
  • The academic impact of missing that much school is the same whether the absences are excused or unexcused. Suspensions also add to lost time in the classroom.
School Intervention Process
  • The office will contact a parent or guardian if a student is absent and has not been called in.
  • When a student accumulates up to 8 absences during the school year, a letter will be sent home.
  • After 3 unexcused absences, parents will be notified.
  • After 5 unexcused absences, the child is considered habitually truant. The school will notify the parents requesting a parent-child meeting.
  • After 10 excused absences, the school will request documentation from a doctor for each medical visit. Until documentation is presented, the absence will be marked unexcused.
What can Parents/Guardians do to support their child?
  • Let children know that good attendance is important. Show them that you are interested in their school activities in a positive way.
  • Establish a routine. Establish consistent bedtimes, limit electronics at night, have school work and lunch laid out and ready to go.
  • Attitudes are contagious. Be positive when discussing school and teachers. If there are concerns, feel free to contact the school to discuss them.
  • Monitor homework and progress. It is linked to attendance. Contact teachers or visit Infinite Campus.

Reporting Absences
  • If your child has an unplanned absence due to an illness or emergency, please contact the office before 8:00am the day of the absence.
  • If your child is requesting a pre-planned absence, please contact the Primary School Office at 608-592-3855

School Contacts

Attendance Office - 608.592.3855 ext 1000