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In order for a child to learn, he/she must be present and on time every day.  Learning is very systematic in most subject areas.  This means that today’s lesson depends on understanding yesterday’s instruction.  Excessive absences impact students’ long-term academic success.  Children who miss 10% of more of the days in a school year are the most likely to suffer lower academic performance in subsequent school years.  Children with chronic absences in kindergarten are associated with lower academic performance in first grade, and students with chronic absences in kindergarten and first grade are much less likely to read proficiently in third grade.

Attendance Procedures:

Teachers input attendance daily in their online computer.  If you child is absent or tardy, you will receive an automated telephone call from the District. In order to clear your child’s absence, you may either call the school office at (818) 341-5422 on the day of the absence or send a note with your child to give to the teacher.


Excused Absences

Examples of excused absences include:

  • Illness absence with verification from a parent or guardian
  • Illness absence with a doctor’s (medical, dental, etc.) note or authorization by school nurse
  • Medical appointment verified by a written note from a doctor
  • Funeral due to the death of a member of the student’s immediate family (1 day within the state; 3 days outside the state)


Unexcused Absences

Examples of unexcused absences include:

  • Providing childcare, head lice, immunizations, sleeping late, errands or family chores, family outings or vacations, no transportation, bad weather, and personal business



  • Student is absent from school without a valid excuse 3 full days in one school year
  • Student is absent for more than 30 minutes from a class without a valid excuse on three occasions in one school year
  • Student is absent any combination of the above mentioned


Early Leaves

Children that are picked up from school early and do not remain at school for the entire school day are marked tardy and are not eligible for any perfect attendance awards.



  1. Students with no absences or tardies in a month are recognized at Winnetka’s Student of the Month Assembly.
  2. Students with perfect attendance for the entire school year, receive a trophy at the end of the school year.
  3. The primary and upper grade classroom with the best attendance each month is presented with the “Winnetka Whale” that remains in their classroom for the following month.


Tips for Parents:

  1. Discuss with your children the importance of going to school every day and on time
  2. Get your child to school on time
  3. Develop a daily schedule and stick to it
  4. Encourage and help your child prepare for school each evening
  5. Don’t plan family vacations and non-emergency doctor/dentist appointments for time when your child should be in school


Students, parents, schools and communities must work together to increase student attendance, student achievement and high school graduation rates.  Let’s give our youth the future that they deserve!

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Student Attendance is the Key to a Successful Future