Student Drop-off/Pick-up and VisitorsSchool begins at 9:15 and ends at 3:40. Students should not be dropped off prior to 9:05 a.m. Students being picked up will be dismissed at 3:40 and should meet their parent in the vestibule.
All visitors will be required to sign in and out when entering or leaving the building.
All visitors must have a visitor’s badge.
All staff will be instructed to address all visitors without a visitor’s badge.
Parents should pick up their child/children in the office only. If you need to pick up your child, please send a note with your child addressed to your child’s teacher indicating when you will be picking up your child/children from the office. The teacher will forward the information to the office.
During after school hours, parents need to walk their child/children to/from their designated activities in the building.
It is our intent to continue providing a safe environment for all staff and students. Thank you for helping to make Linwood Elementary School a safe and happy place.
School Closings and Late StartsIn our school district, the decision about whether to close school due to snowfall or low temperatures is ultimately the decision of our school superintendent. The superintendent makes this decision in close consultation with the district’s transportation supervisor, and he or she must weight a number of factors before making the decision to close, or not to close, school.
How will I know if school is closed?
What do I do if my child cannot attend school?
A. Call: 651-982-1956 and leave message on our attendance line 24 hours a day.
You may also call our health office assistant during school hours at: 651-982-1902.
B. Give the following information:
· Student’s name
· Teacher’s name
· Date of absence
· Reason for absence (please note, if you do n ot give a reason for the absence it will be considered unexcused.)
· Your name
How do I know if my child is too sick to attend school?
· A fever of 100 Degrees or more (Keep your child home for at least 24 hours after his or her fever is gone without fever reducing medicine.)
· Child has vomited and/or had diarrhea (Keep your child home for at least 24 hours after the last episode.)
· An unknown rash· Has not taken prescribed antibiotic for at least 24 hours· Influenza like symptomsIf your child’s illness will cause him/her to miss more than a day or two, arrangements should be made to get assignments from your child’s teacher.
EXCUSED ABSENCE – Reasons that are recognized by the school authorities as legitimate:
· Parent/doctor verified illness
· Family Emergency
· Scheduled medical or dental visit with prior school notification
· Religious Holiday
· Pre-arranged Family Vacation
UNEXCUSED ABSENCE - Reasons that are not recognized by the school authorities as legitimate include but are not limited to:
- Overslept (alarm didn’t work)
- car trouble
- missed bus
- needed at home (i.e. babysitting, chores)
- sports tournaments
- family vacation NOT pre-arranged
- no excuse given
- no call or note from parent regarding absence.
TARDY – A student who arrives at school after 9:15 a.m. is considered tardy. Students must report to the office to check in after
9:15 a.m. to verify their attendance.
Family Vacation Procedures
Families need to fill out a “Pre-Arranged Absence Report” available from your child’s classroom teacher or the school office to report dates a child will be absent due to a family vacation. This needs to be done as far in advance as possible in order to give the teacher time to gather classroom assignments. The teacher will forward the report to the office for attendance recording.
Any absence due to a vacation or a trip that is NOT pre-arranged will be viewed as an unexcused absence. Parents should be aware that according to Minnesota State law, a student who is absent for 15 consecutive school days must be unenrolled and must formally re-enroll to be admitted back to school.
Excessive absence is defined as 4 or more consecutive days of absence, 4 or more days of absence in a month, 10 or more days of absence in a school year.
The average student in the state of Minnesota misses a total of seven days in a school year. Those seven absences involve illness, vacations, or family emergencies. We are required by the county to notify them when a student has excessive absneces.
School attendance is significantly related to school achievement. The community, schools, parents, and students share in the responsibility to promote regular attendance. The school determines whether the absences are excused or unexcused. When absences become excessive for any reason, parents will be contacted to develop a plan to support regular school attendance. Minnesota State law requires that every child 16 years of age of younger shall attend a public or private school.