Attendance Reporting and Expectations

Attendance Reporting and Expectations

Ways to Report Student Attendance

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  • Phone Call:  320-253-4700

Sauk Rapids-Rice High School expects and supports exemplary attendance by all students. We understand there may be times when students can’t attend school, and we ask that parents/guardians call the attendance secretary (320-253-4700) before 8:15 a.m. to report any student absence.  

The following are excused absences: student illness, illness or death of a family member, family emergency of special circumstances approved by the school administration, religious instruction, medical/dental/chemical health/psychological appointments (with documentation from your provider).

Please note these points of emphasis:

  • An excused absence due to a medical appointment requires an appointment card from the facility visited. Please obtain one from your provider. 
  • Upon reaching a fifth absence in a trimester (regardless of reason), medical documentation signed by a healthcare provider may be required for further excused absences. 
  • If your child is facing an ongoing medical issue, please contact the High School office as soon as possible to address their unique needs in the school setting. We ask that all families update their medical documentation of their condition each year in Skyward Family Access
  • Parent/Guardian requested absences are limited to five absences per year. We ask that you keep these absences to a minimum. A parent/guardian requesting their student to be absent must submit a written request stating the date, time, and reason for the absence at least two (2) days before the absence.

For safety reasons, students who become ill at school must report to Health Services Office. Health Services personnel will assess the situation and, if warranted, make the necessary arrangements (according to the emergency information) for a student to go home.  

Students who have obtained an authorized pass from the office to leave school during the school day must sign out in the school office to remain excused. In addition, students who return the same day are to sign in at the school office.