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Student Drop-off/Pick-up and Visitors

School 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 iby door 16. Parents should notify the office and teacher if a student will be parent pick-up.  If a student is parent pick-up every day, you will need a poster in your car, provided by the school.  If you are in need of a poster, please contact the office,

Due to ongoing covid concerns, at this time visitors are not allowed in the building. 

Please note that any changes to a students going home plans must be made before 3:00. Parents should pick up their child/children in the office only if being picked up before 3:30. 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 and who will be picking them up. The teacher will forward the information to the office.  

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.  

Attendance Guidelines

 For Covid information please go to the Covid website 

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 not 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 symptoms If 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 ABSENCEReasons 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)
  • shopping
  • hunting
  • 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 with a parent or guardian 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

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.