**If your child will be absent from school for ANY REASON**
Please call 231-734-5551 and select option 1 to leave a message on our attendance line.

What is an example of an EXCUSED Absence?
*Documented Illness
*Medical/Dental Appointments
*Court Appearances
*College Visits
Death in the Family
School Related Activities

*A student must have written verification for these excuses including the date of the appointment and official letterhead/stationary of the location providing the verification.*

In addition:
Each student is allowed FIVE excused absences without written verification of illness providing:
A phone call to the school from the parent the day of OR
A signed note is brought with the student to school the next day.

What is an example of an UNEXCUSED Absence?

  • No note or no phone call provided when a student misses a day
  • Late due to oversleeping
  • Late due to transportation issues/Car Trouble
  • Any illness that is not verified after the 5 allowed 
  • Student needed at home
  • Running Errands
  • Baby-sitting
  • Haircuts
  • Senior Pictures
  • Working on a vehicle
  • More than 15 minutes late to class


According to the student handbook, any student who is not in their seat when the bell rings for the start of class will be marked tardy.
If any student arrives late for school, they must sign in at the office and receive a pass permitting them to their class.

For every THREE TARDIES a student accumulates, it will equal ONE UNEXCUSED absence.

Excessive Absences

Good attendance is crucial to positive class participation and performance.
Letters will be sent home to parents after a student has accumulated FIVE unexcused absences.

Local authorities will also be notified for any student below the age of compulsory education in the state of Michigan.

If excessive unexcused absences OR tardies continue for any student – it is defined as Truancy.
Truancy is considered a very serious act of misconduct and will be treated severely by the administration and/or teachers.