Attendance Office

Phone: 952-988-4530
Office Hours: 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Attendance Policy (Last updated:  August 30, 2013)


The Hopkins District 270 Board of Education is dedicated to student learning and believes that learning is best facilitated when students participate actively in classes well suited to their interests, abilities and learning styles. To achieve the District and Hopkins High School mission, students must attend classes regularly.

Minnesota Statute (MS260.015, subdivision 19) states that a high school student who is absent from school without lawful excuse for seven partial or full school days (non-consecutive), is considered to be truant. Missing the bus, oversleeping, car problems, ride issues, running late, studying for tests, or babysitting for siblings are not considered to be lawful excuses and would be considered truancy.

Students who are 18 years of age or older are not allowed to call themselves in for attendance or early release.

As mandated by the Hennepin County Attorney's Office, listed below is the policy for unexcused absences:

  • First unexcused absence: Teacher will talk to the student; automated phone call goes home.
  • Second unexcused absence: Teacher will call home and talk with parents/guardians. 
  • Third unexcused absence: Automated three-day letter will be sent to parents/guardians.
  • Fourth unexcused absence: Teacher alerts Administration; Administration will meet with the student, put them on an attendance contract, and call parents/guardians.
  • Fifth unexcused absence: Administration fails the student and calls the parents/guardians. The student will remain in class with the opportunity to earn credit back.
  • Sixth unexcused absence: School Social Worker sends referral form to Hennepin County school truancy intervention program.
  • Additional days of unexcused absences: School Social Worker files an Educational Neglect/Truancy Report with the Hennepin County Attorney's Office.
Passing Time and Tardiness

It is imperative for students to be on time to their classes. Tardiness negatively impacts a student's academic performance and disrupts teaching and learning. Students that are late to class up to 10 minutes must obtain a Sweep Pass to be admitted into the classroom. Missing class for 10 minutes or less is considered an unexcused tardy. For every three Sweep Passes, a student will be assigned detention. Detention is held after school from 2:50-3:40 p.m.

Passing time is eight minutes. Students that miss more than 10 minutes of class will be marked absent in that class for that day.

Students checking in late or leaving early during the school day must process through the Attendance Office.

Students may not dismiss themselves from school for any reason. When ill, students should report to the Nurse's Office and must be signed out through that office.

Family Related Absences
These absences must be verified by a phone call or note from a parent/guardian within two school days of the occurrence of the absence. These include the following: personal illness, family emergency or death in the family, medical/dental appointments, pre-arranged college visits, pre-arranged family business or vacation, major religious holidays, legal matters, and court appearances.

After an excused absence, the student assumes responsibility for obtaining assignments and completing make-up work within the time specified by the teacher. Parents/guardians and students should make every effort to schedule appointments outside the school day. Each day of absence in the four-block schedule represents a significant loss of instructional time.

Parents/guardians must call the Attendance Office at 952-988-4530 to report a student's absence. Please do NOT call the main office number to report an absence.

Excessive Excused and Illness Absences

  • When a student has been excused for eight days during the school year, Administration will send an eight-day letter to parents/guardians regarding the absence.
  • Administration may require parents/guardians to send a note excusing additional absences from school.
  • Administration may require a doctor's note to excuse additional days missed from school.

Alternative School Activities
The school authorizes students to miss regular classes in order to participate in alternative activities which include the following: approved field trips, interscholastic athletic competitions and events, student recognition, and award ceremonies.

Numerous resources are available for parents to get timely information about their student's attendance: 

  • Monitor your student's attendance on the Parent Portal. An access code is required. To sign up for access to the Parent Portal, visit the link below.
  • Use the Staff Directory to access teacher phone numbers and emails.
  • Call the Attendance Office at 952-988-4530 for information on your student's attendance.