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Attendance Policy

Phase Process

Phase I: If a student misses five (5) days of school, a letter will be mailed to the student's home informing the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the attendance concern.

Phase II: If a student misses ten (10) days of school, a letter will be mailed to the student's home informing the parent(s)/guardian(s) that school personnel (i.e., social worker, counselor or liaison, etc.) will be contacting them to develop a plan to improve attendance. This plan may include home visits, regular parent/guardian meetings, and/or agency collaboration/involvement.

Phase III: If a student misses fifteen (15) days of school, a letter will be sent to the parent(s)/guardian(s) notifying them that they will be contacted to schedule a meeting with school personnel to address the ongoing concern.

Phase IV: After a student has missed twenty (20) days, a letter will be sent notifying parent(s)/guardian(s) that Child Protective Services will be contacted with a report being filed for educational neglect and a filing will be made with the Bismarck Police Department for Compulsory School Attendance violation. Students whose excessive absences (twenty or more days) have caused a notable deficiency in learning will be required to participate in additional programming (e.g., before or after school programming, summer school, or considered for possible retention. If retention is going to be considered as a possibility, a team meeting will be held, including the parent(s)/guardian(s) and school personnel to develop an individualized plan to improve students attendance and achievement. Notification of the possible retention will provided in a timely manner. The final decision will rest with the educational professionals in cases where excessive absences have been a contributing factor to low academic performance. A team meeting will be held, including the parent(s)/guardian(s) and school personnel, to develop an individualized plan to improve student's attendance and achievement. Criteria that will be used to determine whether or not there is a notable deficiency in learning will include: the North Dakota State Assessment.

Wachter Middle School personnel will have the discretion of by-passing Phase II and/or Phase III if the situations of school attendance warrants.

What will happen if I do not supply the medical excuses required after Phase III?

An educational neglect may be filed with Burleigh County Social Services against the parent/guardian. Parents may be criminally responsible if they to not attend to the needs of their children.

What if my child refuses to go to school?

Parents can call the Police Youth Bureau (222-6738) for assistance in getting their child to school. A child can be found "unruly" if he/or she does not follow the rules of his/her parents. A child can be cited for truancy if they continue to refuse to come to school.

What if I do nothing when my child refuses to come to school?

Parents/guardians are responsible for getting their child to school. Educational neglect may be filed or you can be held criminally responsible.

Century Code on Attendance 15.1-20-01

Century Code on Attendance 15.1-20-01
All children between the ages of 7 and 16 are required by law to be in attendance every day that school is in session. Illness and certain other physical or mental incapacities are exceptions. Regular attendance habits require maximum cooperation of parent, students and school. Parental responsibility is clearly noted in the North Dakota Century Code.


If you have any questions or need assistance, please call Nicole Jensen, the Parent/Family Liaison at 323-4650 ext 5649.



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