Tardy and Attendance Policy

Armatage Montessori Tardy/Attendance Policy

September, 2019


Beginning this school year, 2019-2020, Armatage will implement a new tardy policy with the goal being to have all students arrive on time every day.  Students are expected to arrive at school between 7:17 and 7:30. Doors to the building are locked at 7:35 and students are then considered tardy and must get a pass to class. The arrival time will be recorded by the health assistant.  (Late buses will be excused.)

NEW POLICY:  Students arriving after 10:30 without a valid excuse* will be marked unexcused for ½ day.  Two ½ days will add up to a full day of unexcused absence.

State law says that students who miss three unexcused days of school are considered “continuing truant” and receive a letter from the school.

If the attempts to resolve the unexcused absences are not successful and the student accrues three additional days following the Continuing Truant letter, parents/guardians will be referred to an attendance meeting that is facilitated by be@school, a program managed by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.

After the parent meeting, if the student has three additional days of unexcused absences, a referral will be made to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office for Educational Neglect. Typically, unexcused absences for students ages 12 and younger are presumed to be due to the parent/guardian’s failure to comply with compulsory instruction laws; therefore, a referral to Hennepin County may claim educational neglect on the part of the parent/ guardian.

Valid excuses (Minnesota Statute 120A.22 subdivision 12):

  • Doctor/Dentist Appointments. The appointment will be excused only upon receiving a written note from the doctor or dentist.


  • Illness.  Students are allowed up to 8 total absences a year, or 3 days in a row, due to illness. A doctor's note must be provided or verification by the school nurse (per MPS policy) if your child is gone from school more than 8 total days over the school year, or 3 days in a row.


  • School Bus Problems.  If your child cannot come to school because the bus was late or did not show up at the bus stop, you must report this to the school that morning.


  • Religious Holidays/Cultural Observances.  If your child will be gone due to a religious holiday or cultural observance, you must notify the school in advance.


  • Funeral.  Students may be gone up to 4 days a year because of a funeral. If your child will be gone more than 4 days, you must get written approval for additional excused time from the Principal or Assistant Principal.


  • Family Emergency.  Students may be gone up to 3 days a year because of a family emergency. If your child will be gone more than 3 days, you must get written approval for additional excused time from the Principal or Assistant Principal.


  • Family Activity.  A student may be gone up to 5 days from school for a pre-approved family activity such as a vacation. To get pre-approval from the school, you must do the following:
  1. At least 10 days before leaving, request permission from the school for your child to be gone by submitting a Family Activity Attendance Form (found on the school website or obtained at the school office).
  2. Before leaving, get your child's homework and agree that your child will finish the homework.
  3. Make sure that your child will not be gone for important tests (FAST, MCA).
  4. Agree in writing that your child will miss no more than 5 days of school.
  5. Where the student has shown adequate progress and attendance prior to the request. (per MPS policy)