Attendance

School day is 7:50 a.m. - 2:10 p.m. at Main Campus and 2:12 p.m. at Headwaters Campus. Please arrive between 7:30 a.m. and 7:45 a.m.

Students are expected to be in school every day unless they are ill or there is an emergency in the family.  For your child’s protection, as well as record keeping, parents must notify the school when an absence occurs. If your child is ill or cannot come to school for another reason today, please send us an Absent Today e-mail or call our Attendance Line at 651-252-6710 to record your absence. Please call before 9:00 a.m. if possible. A written note should be sent with the child when he/she returns to school if the parent did not report the absence previously.

In your voicemail or email, please note if your child has a communicable illness, so that we may inform your child’s teacher to be on the lookout for similar symptoms in the classroom.

You are welcome to notify your student’s teacher as well, but the office needs to be made aware of any missed days.

We encourage your family to explore the world through learning travel experiences. If you know that your child will miss school for any reason, please discuss the absence with your child’s teacher and request homework for that period. You will also need to submit the Pre-Arranged Absence form below to obtain an excused absence for your child.

Should You Send Your Sick Child To School?

Sniffles? Headache? Rash? There’s never a good day for a student to be sick. Because we care about your child and all of the students at LILA, please keep your child home from school and Explorer Club if you see or suspect any of the following illnesses:
    •    Vomiting
    •    Severe cold symptoms
    •    Discharge from eyes or ears
    •    Diarrhea
    •    Undiagnosed rash
    •    Profuse nasal discharge
    •    Temperature above 100 degrees (orally). Child may not return until 24 hours after the temperature has returned to normal without medication.
    •    Exposure to communicable disease, such as whooping cough, measles, mumps, pink eye, ringworm, fifth’s disease, chicken pox, diphtheria, scarlet fever, strep throat, lice, etc.

We hope your child feels better soon.

Students Should Arrive Between 7:30 a.m. and 7:45 a.m.

Buses arrive by 7:40 a.m. Due to safety and supervision concerns, students not arriving by bus should not be at school before 7:15 a.m. and students may not go to their classrooms before 7:25 a.m. Please have your student(s) at school by 7:45 a.m., ready to start the school day at 7:50 a.m.

Parents Must Sign In A Tardy Student

If a student is late, the parent must accompany the student into the office and sign in the student. The office staff will then correct the attendance information for the student. Please practice being on time. It's an important life skill that shows consideration and respect for your teacher and classmates.

Student Dismissal During The School Day

If a student is to be released during the school day, the parent must send a written note to the teacher. In emergencies, a phone call to the office is fine.  The student must be picked up in the office and signed out by a parent. Office staff will call him/her from the classroom.

Attendance Policy - Excused And Unexcused Absences

LILA recognizes the following legitimate reasons for an acceptable absence from school or class:
1. Illness verified by a parent or doctor
2. Family emergencies
3. Scheduled appointments with prior school notification
4. Religious holidays
5. Pre-arranged family vacation

Unexcused absences are those not recognized by LILA as legitimate reasons for missing school. Examples of unacceptable reasons for absence and
tardiness include but are not limited to:
1. Overslept (alarm clock didn’t work/missed bus)   
2. Shopping/visiting
3. Car trouble/needed at home (i.e., baby sitting, chores)
4. Family vacation NOT pre-arranged with the school
5. No call or note from parent regarding absence 

A letter from the school will be mailed to parents when 3 unexcused absences occur. After 5 unexcused absences or 10 excused absences, we may request a doctor’s note which states the illness and when the student can return to school. More than 7 unexcused absences without a significant health problem are unlawful absences and are considered educational neglect (Minn. Statute 206.015, Subd. 19). School officials are mandated to report educational neglect to county authorities (Minn. Statute 127.19 and 127.70).