Attendance

School day is 7:50 a.m. - 2:10 p.m. at Main Campus and 7:47 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. at Headwaters Campus. Please arrive between 7:30 a.m. and 7:45 a.m.

Under Hybrid Learning, students are expected to be in school every day they are assigned, unless they are ill or there is an emergency in the family. They are also expected to attend their online classes as directed.

For your child’s protection, as well as record keeping, parents must notify the school when an absence occurs. If your child has any COVID symptoms or anyone in your family has COVID symptoms, please use the Absent Today e-mail and see our guidance online.

If your child is ill or cannot come to school for another reason today, please send us an Absent Today e-mail (preferred) 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.

Pre-Arranged Absence

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/advisory 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.

Parents Must Sign In A Tardy Student

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 at Lower School and 7:47 a.m. at Upper School.

If a student is late, the parent must call the front office at their campus to notify the school. 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 teachers and classmates.

Student Dismissal During The School Day

Please use the Silent Dismal system. Review information here.

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).