The following is a description of the School Board Adopted policy on attendance at the high school. This policy has been adopted in accordance with Wisconsin Statutes on compulsory attendance. It is the responsibility of parents and especially students to know the policy on attendance and how it affects them. Please contact the Attendance Office if we can be of assistance in answering your questions and/or concerns.
The compulsory attendance law states that all students must attend the designated school day which is defined by periods such as classes, flex/lunch, study hall and resource/homeroom. We do not have an open campus, and students are not free to leave for lunch.
Wisconsin State Statute 118.15(1)(a) states "…any person having under control a child who is between the ages of six (6) and eighteen (18) years shall cause the child to attend school regularly during the full period and hours,…until the end of the school term, quarter or semester of the school year in which the child becomes eighteen (18) years of age."
Regular attendance is not only required by law but is essential for a student to learn all of the material taught in classes. The average attendance rate at our high school is between ninety-seven percent (97%) and ninety-eight percent (98%). Excessive absences and unexcused absences will be reviewed by the School Social Worker and/or the Dean of Students in accordance with State Statutes and the school's attendance/truancy policy. However, we realize that situations may arise that require exceptions. In those cases, parents requesting exceptions to the attendance/truancy policy should contact the School Social Worker and/or the Dean of Students.
The ATTENDANCE OFFICE is open from 7AM – 3:30PM.
Phone: (262) 673-8945 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: (262) 673-8943
Each day, students are responsible for attendance in all classes, flex/lunch, study halls and resource/homeroom. When it is necessary for a student of any age to be absent, s/he must account for his/her absence.
Students may have their parent/guardian call the Attendance Office between the hours of 7:00 - 9:00 a.m., however, any time on that day is acceptable. Parents/guardians may leave a voice message before 7:00 a.m. and after 3:30 p.m. by calling 262-673-8945 and pressing #1.
When a student is absent, their parent/guardian must call or email the Attendance Office and/or provide a written note for each absence (period and/or day). Following an absence, if a note or call is not received within three (3) days, the absence will be considered unexcused/truant.
Types Of Absences
A. Anticipated Absences [Ten (10) Absences Per School Year]
Anticipated absences are defined under State Statute 118.15(3)(c). Parents can excuse their son or daughter out of school for anticipated absence(s). Parents must notify the school with a written note a minimum of three (3) school days prior to the absence. In addition, the student is required to pick up an Anticipated Absence form at the Attendance Office; the form needs to be signed by their teachers and then returned to the Attendance Office prior to the absence. Failure to comply will result in the student's absence being considered part of the ten (10) allowed excused absences per semester; it is the student’s responsibility to get his/her assignments prior to the absence.
If a student anticipates missing a semester exam, the parent/guardian must notify the Attendance Office and make arrangements with their teacher to reschedule their semester exam
B. Excused Absences [One (1) - Ten (10) Absences Per Semester]
Ten (10) Absences In A Semester Can Be Excused By A Parent. After Ten (10) Absences, Any Additional Absences Must Be Medically Or Legally Verified And Excused By A Parent.
Parent/guardian notes which give a student permission to leave during the school day should also include a time, if the student will be returning to school and, if possible, a phone number where a parent can be reached.
Absences that are medically or legally verified within two (2) weeks of the absence will not count towards the ten (10) allowed excused absences per semester.
C. Medical Waiver
Students who have a chronic medical condition may be eligible for a medical waiver. The medical waiver, which needs to be signed by a physician, allows for up to fifteen (15) excused medical absences. After fifteen (15) absences parents/guardians need to provide a updated medical waiver.
D. Obtaining Religious Instruction
To enable the student to obtain religious instruction outside the school during the required school period.
See Policy 5223 - Absences for Religious Instruction for further details.
E. Unexcused Absences
Any absence for part of or all of one (1) or more school days for which the school has not been provided with an acceptable excuse by a parent/guardian will be considered unexcused.
In the absence of medical/legal verification on the day the student returns to school, absences exceeding ten (10) per semester will be considered unexcused.
Students are not allowed to leave the building under any circumstances without checking out at the Attendance Office and being issued a permit to leave. Failure to do so will result in an unexcused absence/truancy.
If a student does not attend a class during the day, it is considered to be unexcused/truant. Students who are not feeling well must report to the Health Room. A student's absence will be recorded as a unexcused/truant, if s/he remains in a restroom while class is in session. With all unexcused absences, appropriate action will be taken by the Dean of Students in accordance with the attendance/truancy policy.
A tardy student is less than five (5) minutes late for class and resource/ homeroom. A student who arrives for class more than five (5) minutes into the period is considered to be absent.
Parents cannot excuse tardiness to any class/period.
Tardy # 10 - Meeting with Dean of Students and/or School Social Worker (Case Manager as needed).
Tardy # 15 - Parent meeting with Dean of Students and/or School Social Worker (SchoolCounselor and/or Case Manager may attend as needed).
Wisconsin State Statute 118.15(1)(a) requires all students to attend school until the end of the school term, quarter or semester of the school year in which the child becomes eighteen (18) years of age.
When a student is truant for part or all of five (5) or more days on which school is held during a school semester, that student is identified as a habitual truant by Wisconsin Act 239. These students can be referred for legal action within State law and/or local municipal ordinance.
Hartford Union High School, the Hartford Police Department, and the Mid-Moraine Municipal Court have revised the attendance/truancy policy with a three (3) level process. This policy was implemented August, 2015.
- Any absences unexcused are considered truancies.
- When a student is truant for part or all of five (5) or more days on which school is held during a school semester, that student is identified as a habitual truant by Wisconsin Act 239.
- Unexcused absences will be reviewed weekly by the Attendance Committee (Dean of Students and School Social Worker). Depending on number of unexcused absences one or more of the following could occur:
- A conference with student will be held with one or more of the following staff members:
- School Social Worker
- Dean of Students
- School Counselor
- Case Manager
- Coach/ Advisor
- School Resource Officer (SRO)
- Athletic and Activities Director
- Director of Special Education/ School Psychologist
- Student and Parent will sign off on HUHS Attendance Points of Emphasis form.
- Parent Truancy Conference with Dean of Students and/or School Social Worker
(School Counselor and/or Case Manager may attend as needed)
- Habitual truancy referral to Municipal Court
- Wisconsin Statutes 118.15(1)(a) and 947.16
- Hartford Municipal Ordinance 41.18
- List of interventions that may be imposed to address truancy issues:
- Automated Phone Message to Parent/Guardian
- Nonsocial Lunch Period
- Restrictions to Resource Period
- Loss of Senior Privilege
- Phone call to parent/guardian by School Social Worker and/or Dean of Students
- Loss or Revocation of Student Privileges
- Co-Curricular penalties
- Loss of work permit
- Refer to Elevate Truancy Abatement Program
- Contact Community Agency
- Contact County Human Services
- Follow-up Attendance Conference
- Revise Student Schedule
- Home Visit
- Habitual Truancy Citation by Hartford Police Department (SRO)
- First Offense $218.50
- Second Offense $313.00
- Third Offense $439.00
- Mandatory Court Appearance for Student and Parent/Guardian.
- Parent/Guardian may receive citation, an arrest, or a court referral if found to be contributing to truancy.
- First Offense: Up to $500 or up to 30 days of imprisonment
- Subsequent Offenses: Up to $1,000 and/or up to 90 days of imprisonment
- Parents and guardians can be ordered to participate in counseling at their own expense and/or attend school with the truant child.
- Revocation of Driver’s License for a period of time not less than 30 days.
- Participation in counseling or community service.
- Home detention during specific hours.
- Revocation of student’s work permit.
Absences due to school sponsored events, medically/legally verified absences and out of school suspensions are exempt from the number of ten (10) absences per semester allowed under the policy. Any exceptions, other than for medical or legal reasons, are considered only through the appeal process, which the student or parent must initiate in writing through the Principal.
School Attendance Officer(S)
The Dean of Students and/or the School Social Worker shall be the School Attendance Officer(s). The School Attendance Officer(s) shall be responsible for dealing with matters relating to school attendance/truancy and shall include, but not be limited to the following:
118.15, 118.153, 118.16, 118.162, Wis. Stats.