The West Allis-West Milwaukee School Board, in recognition of the statutory requirements for school attendance (WI Statutes 118.15 and 118.16) and the overwhelming public interest in an educated society believe that school attendance should take precedence over non-school activities.
- Reporting an Absence
- Excused Absences Include:
- Attendance and Extra-/Co-Curriculars/Athletics
- Early Dismissals
- Homework Requests
- Physical Education
- Returning to School
Whenever a student is going to be absent from school, the parent must inform the school by calling prior to 9:30 a.m. each day the student is going to be absent. Call the attendance office at (414) 604-3201. This is a 24-hour phone line, therefore a message may be left at any time, day or night. If a live attendant is not available, please leave a detailed voice mail message indicating that your child will be absent. All attendance messages are listened to promptly in the morning of each school day.
- Illness (mental or physical). An excuse from the physician or dentist should be brought in whenever possible. If excessive absences occur, medical verification may be required.
Appointments with medical specialists. Such appointments should be made, whenever possible, when school is not in session. An excuse from the medical specialist should be brought in to the attendance office. It is highly recommended that students bring in a “doctor’s excuse” anytime a visit with a medical professional occurs. These absences are coded differently in the attendance system.
Family emergency or crisis.
Planned vacations. We discourage planned vacations during the school term. A parent is required to notify the building principal in writing of the pending absence no later than one week prior to the planned departure date.
Attendance at special events of educational value as approved by the building principal.
Required legal appearance. Student should supply verification of the court appearance.
Designated religious holiday.
Approved school district-sponsored activities.
Drivers license examinations
Inclement weather (when school is in session)
A student must attend the last 50 percent of his/her classes the day of an event in order to participate in that event. All absences must conform to the school’s attendance policies. Any student suspended from school may not participate in any rehearsals, practices, or events while under suspension.
Students who must leave school for a pre-approved reason must bring a written parent note to the attendance office, Room 102, prior to 7:40 a.m. If approved, an early dismissal pass will be issued to the student. Upon return to the school, the student must sign in at the desk in Room 102 and be issued an admittance pass for the class(es) missed. A student should never leave the building without permission, and if this occurs, a parent contact will be attempted. Students who leave school without proper permission may be considered truant.
For any excused absence that extends for three or more school days, a parent may request homework through the attendance office. The parent should contact the attendance secretary at (414) 604-3201 and ask that a Homework Request be processed. This request will be circulated to all the student’s teachers and can be picked up at 3:00 p.m. twenty-four(24) hours after the request has been made. For absences that are less than three days, parents or students should contact the individual teachers for homework.
A student who is unable to participate in a physical education class on a particular day must bring a written excuse from a parent or doctor. This excuse must be presented to the physical education instructor on the day of the absence or the day immediately following the absence. Only a doctor’s excuse will be accepted if the student is to be excused for more than three days in succession. Any student excused from physical education class for medical reasons on any given day will not be allowed to participate in any athletic practice or competition on that day. Students who choose not to participate or suit up for physical education classes will need to meet with their instructor to determine when to make up any missed days. Students may fail the class for chronic non-participation.
If the parent informed the school of the absence, nothing further needs to be done. If the parent did not inform the school, he/she must write a note stating the reason for the absence and the date(s) of the absence. The student must bring the note to the attendance office, Room 102, by 7:40 a.m. on the day of the return.