SPCPA Attendance Policy

Daily attendance is critical to academic and artistic engagement, development, and achievement.  Frequent absences limit an individual student’s performance and can also have an impact on the learning of others.  School staff, students, families, and the community share responsibility for student attendance.

To ensure student safety and accountability, families have the responsibility for notifying the school about their students’ attendance.

Please Call

Attendance Hotline:

We do NOT accept attendance-related notices via email.

If you are familiar with using our Attendance Hotline and know what information you need to leave, you may skip over the recorded greeting by pressing the number 1.

Attendance will be taken in the first 10 minutes of each period.

A parent/guardian must report all absences, late arrivals or requests for an early release by calling the school attendance line at 651-222-3200 by 8:00 AM the day of the absence.

Please include the following information when reporting an absence:

  1. Name and relationship to student
  2. Name of student and grade level
  3. State day (Monday-Friday) and date(s) of the absence
  4. Reason for absence
  5. Provide a phone number for verification of absence

Students who arrive late must sign in at the main attendance desk of the building they are going to (Lowry or Wilkins Studios). Students who were approved for an early release must receive an Early Release Pass from the Lowry main desk in order to leave class. Early release students must then sign out of the building prior to departure; failure to sign out constitutes an unexcused absence, regardless of reason or prior approval. Please note that staff are not available to run early release passes to classrooms; students are responsible for picking up their Early Release Pass from the Lowry main desk.

A signed handwritten note will also be accepted from a parent/guardian and must be turned into the attendance desk at the appropriate building prior to the start of the school day following an absence.  Absences not reported within this time frame will not be excused. All parent/guardian notes will be verified.

SPCPA also uses a generic, pre-recorded message that is sent via a telephone automated system to contact families of students who were marked absent from one or more classes. This automated message is sent out one time per day (each afternoon following the end of the school day).

Excused absences may include illness, doctor’s appointments, religious holiday, extreme family emergencies, sanctioned arts and college visits.

Any absence reported that does not fall under the excused absence descriptions will be counted as an unexcused absence.

We do NOT accept attendance-related notices via email.

For Predicted Extended Absences (e.g. vacation, performing in a play), please CLICK HERE.