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All students have the right to learn. Regular attendance and on-time arrival at school are very important for the students’ educational success. Students cannot make adequate progress if they are not in school. HOPE Community Academy has a 10-month school year that runs from mid-August through mid-June. It is important that students attend classes consistently throughout the school year in order to achieve at a high level.
Minnesota Law (120): Students who miss three or more days without a valid excuse are considered truant and will be referred to the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office School Attendance Matters. Three tardies equals one day of unexcused absence. If a student is absent or late for any part of the day…
Call the school each day the student is sick or absent: HOPE Main Office: (651)-795-4500. Send a doctor’s note if the student is absent for more than three consecutive days.
Ask the teacher for make-up work three days before any extended absence (3 or more days) to receive make-up work.
Sick, Doctor’s visit, Religious Holiday, Family emergency (death, fire, etc.), Pre-Approved Family vacations (Cannot exceed three days) or will be counted as unexcused. Please plan family vacation days in accordance with HOPE school calendar.
Babysitting, Oversleeping, Missed Bus, Weather, Non-Approved Family Vacation
Absences: Please contact your students’ teacher if your child is absent or sick so we can make arrangements with students to complete any missed assignments.
Unexcused Absence Procedure:
1-5 Days: Attendance Alert Letter from HOPE Attendance Team
5-10 Days: SAM Step 1 – Parent Informational meeting video – Ramsey County
- In school contract and meeting with student, parent and HOPE Representative
- Parent must attend zoom meeting with Ramsey County
- The family will be notified via letter or email that another referral has been made, and of the date, time, and of the SART Meeting they must attend
- (For students under 12, a referral will be made to Child Protection for possible involvement. For students 12 and older, a Youth Engagement Worker could be assigned for assessment and assistance with accessing services.)
16+ Days: An attorney will review the referral for charging and file a petition when appropriate.