Chronic absenteeism is a problem that undermines our efforts to prepare future ready students.  At District 194, our educators and administrators are committed to educating students to reach their full potential. As a school district of choice, we have high academic standards and expectations for our students, and this starts with being prepared and in the classroom every day.

    In accordance with District Policy 503, students are expected to attend class every day, with the exception of school-authorized and verified absences. Excessive absences may have adverse consequences.

    1. Attendance will be given a high priority at Lakeville South.
    2. Every missed class has an effect on student learning.
    3. 10 or more minutes late to class is an unexcused absence for that class.
    4. 3 tardies from a single class results in an unexcused absence for that class.

    Student absences, early dismissals or late arrivals MUST BE reported by a PARENT or LEGAL GUARDIAN via email, phone call or a written note.  All students will need to stop by Attendance on their way in/out of the building whether coming in late or leaving early.

    ALWAYS include the following information:

    • Student’s First and Last Name
      • Please include spelling of names when leaving a voicemail
    • Student's grade
    • Your relationship to student
    • A call back number and/or email that we have on file for you
    • Date(s) or time(s) the absence will occur
    • Reason for absence MUST BE INCLUDED (i.e. dentist, doctor, illness, etc.)
      • If student is ill, we will need specific symptoms.
    • When submitting a note, please SIGN and DATE the note.
      • Please try not to use post-it notes, ripped corner of paper, index cards or notebook paper.

    Attendance Email (preferred method of contact):

    24 Hour Attendance Voicemail:


    Students who arrive more than 5 minutes late for ANY reason, except a late bus, MUST stop at Attendance and obtain an admission slip before going to class.  Attendance is now located directly behind the main reception desk.


    For excused absences during the day, such as doctor or dental appointments, parent/guardian must call the attendance line, send us an email or send written note with student stating the date, times and reason they are to be excused.  Students can bring them in when arriving in the morning, or if parent/guardian left a voicemail or email – a pass will be left for them at the Attendance desk for pick-up throughout the day. Students still need to sign-out at main entrance before leaving.

    If a student is returning to school from an appointment, they MUST sign back in and stop at Attendance before returning to class.


    Distant Learner: If you feel a teacher has mistakenly marked a student absent, it is the student's responsibility to reach out to that teacher to discuss the situation and resolve the discrepancy. By having the student reach out to the teachers themselves, it allows them to fully understand that teacher's attendance process OR to see if it was simply a mistake.

    Each teacher may take attendance differently. Attendance does not have access to the Webex session records. Therefore, any discrepancy will need to be addressed with the teacher first. If a change is to be made, the teacher will notify attendance to have the record corrected.  Attendance is not able to clear the noted attendance mark without authorization from appropriate staff member.

    In-Person Learner: If a teacher marks a student absent in error, it is the student’s responsibility to obtain an Attendance Correction sheet from the Attendance desk, bring it to the teacher to discuss the discrepancy. If a correction is to be made, the teacher will fill out the sheet. It is the student’s responsibility to return the sheet back to Attendance for processing.

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