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Student Absences

Regular school attendance is directly related to success in academic work and provides opportunities for important communications between teachers and students. Minnesota State Law (MA 120.10) and the Department of Education regulations require daily school attendance for all students through age eighteen. East Ridge High School is obligated to ensure regular attendance.

Attendance Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Call the main ERHS phone number 651.425.2300 and press the number 1.

  • Press the number 1 for last names beginning with A-L
  • Press the number 2 for last names beginning with M-Z

Reporting Absences

ERHS requires the information listed below when you call to notify us the reason for your student's absence/tardiness. Please contact us each day that your student is absent/tardy.

  1. Your student's full name- Please spell the last name if it's not common,
  2. Your student's grade,
  3. The date(s) student will be absent or the time student needs to leave school,
  4. The reason for your student's absence/tardiness,
  5. Your name (ONLY a parent or guardian can excuse a student),
  6. Your phone number where we can reach you during the school day.

Students will not be excused for the following reasons:

  • Oversleeping or missing a ride;
  • Needed at home;
  • Babysitting;
  • Work;
  • Missed bus;
  • Leaving school without prior approval;
  • Shopping;
  • Family vacation that is not pre-approved;
  • Car trouble;
  • No call or note from parent/guardian verifying the absence within two days of the absence;
  • Absent from their assigned class, even if the student stays in the building;
  • Other absences deemed inappropriate by administration including Senior Skip Day.

Obtaining a Permit To Leave (PTL) School Early

You may send a note to school with your student or call to request that ERHS issue a Permit To Leave (PTL) for your student to leave school grounds during the school day. See the Student Handbook for acceptable reasons. Please provide the following information.

  1. Your student's full name; please spell the last name if it's not common,
  2. Your student's grade,
  3. The reason for your student's absence/tardiness,
  4. Your name (ONLY a parent or guardian can excuse a student),
  5. Your phone number where we can reach you during the school day.

NOTE: East Ridge High School has an open lunch lunch policy for seniors that allows them to leave the building/campus during their lunch period. Any senior who does not return on time from lunch will be marked tardy or unexcused. All underclassmen must remain in the building during lunch.

Before leaving school, your student must:

  1. Your student will need to pick up their Permit To Leave (PTL) pass from the attendance office between classes or at lunch. We will stamp their pass so they won't be marked tardy when they return to class. Please give the attendance office enough time before the time of the appointment to process the pass.
  2. Your student will need to sign-out at the greeter's desk before leaving. Parents can wait for their students at the main entrance if they sent a note or called to request a PTL.
  3. If you are picking your student up and they have their PTL, you may wait outside the main entrance of the school. Students are able to drive themselves only if they have a parking permit.

Returning to class after an absence

Students should enter the building through the main entrance. Sign in at the greeter's desk and then students should return directly to class. If a parent/guardian has excused your absence, your teacher will admit you to class. If your absence does not show as excused on the computer, your teacher will send you to the attendance office for an admit. If we are unable to reach a parent to verify the reason for your absence, it will remain classified as unexcused. It is then up to you to get it cleared up within 3 days or it will remain unexcused and may affect your truancy status with Washington County.

Make-up Time for excused absences

Students who return from excused absences shall be given 2 school days per day absent to make up missed work. Excused absences will not arbitrarily result in a reduction in grades, but failure to complete work will usually affect grades. The responsibility to make up the work rests with the student. Teachers are responsible for providing assignments after a student or parent/guardian request. Teachers have the authority to set their own deadlines for make-up work beyond the given two days.

Pre-Arranged Absences

Notice of family trips/vacations or other parent/guardian directed activities that has been given to the school attendance office by the parent and approved by an administrator 2 weeks prior to the student's absence.

Consequences for Unexcused Absences

When a student's absence from class is unexcused, detention will be assigned by the Attendance Office or Administration. Students will be assigned detention for unexcused absences.

We encourage parents/guardians to frequently check their student's attendance using the "parent portal" of Infinite Campus.


If a student is absent without a lawful excuse on 3 or more days or any part of the school day, they are considered a continuing truant. When a student has three unexcused absences, ERHS will notify the student's parent or legal guardian by first class mail or other reasonable means that the child is truant; that the parent or guardian is obligated to compel the attendance of the child at school pursuant to Minnesota Statute and if the parent or guardian fails to meet this obligation, that they may be subject to prosecution under Minnesota Statute 120A.34.

A habitual truant is a child who is absent without lawful excuse for one or more class periods on seven school days. At this point, the school will notify the Washington County Attorney's Office and the student and parent will be required to meet with school administration to create an Attendance Contract. If the student continues to be truant, the student may be petitioned to court, as well as face additional school penalties.

Tardy Policy

Arriving to class on time is essential to the learning process. Being late to class reflects a lack of respect for the teachers and the other students in the classroom. In order to maximize instructional time, students are expected to arrive to all classes before the bell rings. All teachers will inform their students of the tardy policy at the beginning of each trimester and inform students when they are being marked as such.

*Teachers have the flexibility to determine what detention "looks like" and when a teacher detention is assigned. Teachers are expected to work independently with students to coordinate the appropriate consequences.

Tardy rules include:

  1. Missing a significant portion of the instruction period, without a valid written excuse or teacher permission, will result in an unexcused absence.
  2. Students who are tardy 1-2 times in a trimester will be given consequences decided by the classroom teacher.
  3. Students who are tardy 3 or more times in a trimester will be given consequences by the Attendance Office with 1 detention assigned per tardy.

Parents/guardians will be contacted about their student's repeated tardiness. No academic consequences for tardiness are allowed. Students who drive and park at ERHS may face consequences per the Parking Policy.

State Tournament Attendance

The following procedure will be used for all MSHSL Regional, Sectional and State Tournament games. This applies to all students requesting to be released (except students who are members of a competing state tournament team) during the school day. All students following this procedure will be excused from classes missed according to the following format:

  1. Release time from classes will be a maximum of one hour and 15 minutes before the start of the MSHSL event.
  2. A signed parent permission note requesting that a student be released from school to attend a MSHSL event must be submitted before a student will be released from school.
  3. All work missed by a student must be made up according to the established school make up policy.
  4. In the event that East Ridge High School decides to make a spectator bus available for a state tournament game, students will ONLY be allowed to attend the event under the rules for "school trips."

Students who attend these events must keep in mind that they represent our high school, our community and their parents. We are all proud of our tournament teams and will conduct ourselves accordingly.

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