Welcome to the Health Office / Attendance

 **Attendance Line / Absence: Please call (612) 668-3346 if your child will be absent for ANY reason (illness, vacation, etc). Even if you've sent an email to your child's teacher, you still need to call the attendance line! Thank you!

If a student must be absent from school, a parent should call the Attendance Line at 612-668-3346 each day to report the reason so it can be coded into the computer. Lawful excuses include: sickness, doctor’s visit (must have verification from clinic), religious holidays, funerals and extreme family emergencies. Staying home to baby-sit, missing the bus, oversleeping or being needed at home are NOT excused absences. 

**If your child is seen by a Doctor, we encourage you bring a note in order to excuse the absence**

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Heath Services Assistant Angie McCann: (612) 668-3346 or angela.mccann@mpls.k12.mn.us

District Attendance Policy:

E. Excused Absences: 


2. Parents or guardians may excuse their student under age eighteen (18) from attendance under the excusable absence circumstances in paragraph II.D.3.a-j.

3. Excusable Absences:

a) Illness. An absence due to illness may be excused by the following means:

[i] written verification from a health care professional;

[ii] verification from the school nurse; or

[iii]a note from the student’s parent, or the student (if eighteen or more years of age), however if the length of the illness is greater than three days, or if the student has accumulated more than eight days of absence during the school year, the parent should contact the school nurse, or provide a health care professional’s written verification.


Special School District No. 1  Regulation 5100 A Minneapolis Public Schools


Illness and Sending Your Child to School

To protect other students and staff all parents should keep their child(ren) home from school when the child has any of the following conditions:

· Fever - greater than 100°F within the past 24 hours (before fever reducing medications are given) or the child is not feeling well or is unable to participate in normal daily activities.
· Diarrhea within the past 24 hours.
· Vomiting within the past 24 hours.
· Rash with fever or behavior change that is undiagnosed.
· Untreated head lice (they may be in school once treatment has started).
· Eye drainage.
· Unusual color of skin, eyes, stool or urine.
Please report all suspected or diagnosed illnesses to the school. The Health Office should be notified when a student has a communicable condition such as chicken pox, strep throat, shingles, or head lice so appropriate measures may be taken.