Having good school attendance is critical not only for students’ academic success, but also for their interpersonal and social growth. Falcon Ridge staff members are committed to working with parents and students regarding good school attendance.
Excused absences are illness, serious illness or death in the family, home emergencies and other types if excused in advance. A parent is to call the Falcon Ridge Attendance Secretary at 952-431-8764 or email the secretary at FRMS.Attendance@district196.org before 7:30 a.m. to report if your child is going to be absent that day.
When you call in your student's absence, you will hear this message:
You have reached Falcon Ridge Middle School's attendance line. Please leave a message with the following information: your child's name, your child's grade, and reason for absence. If your child's absence is related to illness, please inform us if your child or other household member has tested for COVID-19, if they are a close contact with a positive case of COVID-19, or if they are having COVID-like symptoms. Thank you.
If you are emailing, be sure to include:
Your child's name, your child's grade and reason for absence. If your child's absence is related to illness, please inform us if your child or other household member has tested for COVID-19, if they are a close contact with a positive case of COVID-19, or if they are having COVID-like symptoms. Thank you.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
An unexcused absence is an absence for reasons not acceptable to school authorities. Examples of unexcused absences include: oversleeping, missing the bus, staying home to babysit, need at home, and cold weather. These absences may be incurred with or without the knowledge of the parent or guardian. Students who are absent from school unexcused with or without parental knowledge, may require a parent conference upon the student’s return to school.
Arrangements are to be made in advance for family vacations. Please see the Attendance Secretary for an advance make-up slip one week ahead of the time you expect to be on vacation.
LEAVING SCHOOL DURING THE DAY
Permission to leave school during the school day may be obtained from the Attendance Secretary. A written note from a parent or guardian stating the reasons for requesting early dismissal is necessary. Parents are asked to sign out their son or daughter at the Attendance Secretary’s desk in the main office when meeting their child for an appointment or early dismissal. No students are to leave the building without following this process. Please Note: Student need a note from their own parent or guardian which indicated permission to ride with another adult to special events. Please be aware that the liability for transporting groups of students rests with the driver and owner of the vehicle. Student must be in attendance the entire morning or afternoon on the day of the activity to be eligible to participate.
SIGNING OUT FOR APPOINTMENTS AND DROPPING OFF MATERIALS
Signing a student out for an appointment
In an effort to keep our office safe with low-traffic, please follow this process for signing students out for appointments.
- Call the attendance line to let our attendance staff know that your child will need to leave school, and please specify the reason and time. We will get your child a pass.
- When you arrive, please call 952-431-8760 to let us know you are outside and we will send your child out to your car. You will be asked to provide verification information.
- We will be able to see your child go outside from the windows in the office.
- You do not need to come in the building to sign out your student.
If you are dropping something off for your child they may have forgotten for the day
- Let your child know you are coming through email or Schoology message.
- Please leave the item on the cart in the front vestibule (front door).
- Please call 952-431-8760 and let us know the item is there.
If you arrive at school tardy, check in at the office before you go to class. Excessive tardiness will not be permitted, and may result in possible consequences. Parents will be notified by an administrator in cases of their child’s excessive tardiness to class. Examples: oversleeping, missing the bus, homework and being late to homeroom or class.
School Responses For Each Incidence
- First Tardy: Teacher conference with student
- Second Tardy: Teacher conference with student
- Third Tardy: Teacher call home and detention
- Three tardies equals one absence.
Cases of truancy will be handled by the Administration. Parents will be notified as soon as possible if their child is truant. Cases of habitual or extended periods of truancy will be referred to the County Attorney, and will most likely involve juvenile court services.
WITHDRAWING FROM SCHOOL
Please report to the Building Secretary two days in advance to withdraw from school. She will give you a “Student Withdrawal Form.” All school books and school owned materials are to be returned, and all personal items removed from your physical education and regular locker.
The staff at FRMS has instituted a program to try and improve the attendance patterns of students. Most students at FRMS miss on the average of 6-8 days per year. You can review your student’s absences through ParentVue. Sometimes a student’s absentee pattern is an indication of other problems, either at home or at school. These problems are sometimes difficult to sort out, and we may need some assistance to deal with these situations. Other times, a student may have genuine physical concerns, and occasionally a student may have a combination of the two problems. Many times students are unaware of their excessive absence patterns. The counselors will work with individual students if attendance problems develop.
Medical Evaluation/Survey Policy
Evaluations that require teachers to complete surveys/rating forms will be dispersed and collected by the school counselor. The results of the surveys/rating forms will be sent directly to the medical professional. Please attach a stamped and addressed envelope with the forms.