School attendance is one of the most significant factors related to school achievement.  Students are expected to attend school regularly.

North Campus Attendance Office

Attendance Message Line

Kelly Rivers

South Campus Attendance Office

Attendance Message Line

Brittni Kriegler

Attendance Procedures

Reporting an Absence

When it is impossible for a student to be in class, the school will accept excuses for illness, family emergency, sanctioned school activities and individual needs as determined by the administration. The parent/ guardian must notify the school to report an absence. This number may be called 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  A phone call must be made each day a student is absent unless prior arrangements have been made through the Attendance Office.  If unable to call, please send a note with your student when they return to school.

The following information is needed:

  • Name of person calling and relationship to the absent student
  • Student’s name
  • Date(s) of student's absence
  • Brief reason(s) for absence

Students Leaving Early

Students needing to leave early should bring a note from their parent/guardian to the Attendance Office before school.  This helps minimize disruptions to classrooms by calling classrooms for students. 

Medical & Dental Appointments

Students should give their notes to the Attendance Office, who will provide a pass to leave school. Students should sign out at the Attendance Office and sign back in upon returning.

Vacation Request Form

If a student needs to be absent from school for two days or longer, he/she must, in advance, bring a note to the Attendance Office, signed by the parent/guardian stating the reason for the absence and the date(s). The student will then be given a Vacation Request Form to be signed by his/her teachers. When all teachers have signed the form, it must be brought to the Attendance Office for administrative approval or denial. School guidelines will be used to determine permission for the absence.

No pre-approved absences will be granted during the final week of each semester and the final two weeks of the school year.

Attendance and Participation in Athletics/Activities

If a student is suspended from any class, he or she may not participate in any activity or school-sponsored program that day.

When students participate in any co-curricular and/or sports activity, they are required to be in attendance at school the entire day of the event, unless they are absent for:

  • School-related activity
  • Medical or Dental appointment
  • One period (or less) in the school Health Office
  • Funeral or family medical/legal emergency
  • Student safety issues (as determined by a school administrator).

If the absence is due to any other reason, the student will be declared ineligible for that day’s event. The administration retains the right to request verification of any absences presented by a student or parent/guardian.

Students must not incur any unexcused absence the day after an event if the day is the next consecutive school day of the same week. If an unexcused absence is incurred for this next consecutive school day of the same week, the student will not participate in the next scheduled co-curricular event.

18 Year Old Request

Students may sign their own notes for absences excused under the school policy if the school administration has received written permission from their parent/guardian and the administration has approved the student’s application. Students may pick up an application form in the Attendance Office to request permission to sign their own notes. The school administration reserves the right to revoke this privilege if grades and/or attendance are negatively affected by this privilege.


A student will be considered truant when they are reported absent from one or more classes and are unable to verify their whereabouts in accordance with District guidelines.

Truancy Intervention Program (TIP)

WBLAHS participates with several counties in the Truancy Intervention Program (TIP). This program is designed to address the problem of truancy with children ages 12-17. Truancy is a problem that has long-term effects on children, families and communities. TIP is a three-step process involving progressively intrusive interventions to improve a student’s attendance. The final step of the process is a petition to juvenile court. White Bear Lake Area High School remains committed to the belief that interventions by influential adults into students’ lives make a positive impact on behavior and school attendance. The TIP process is designed to improve school attendance while preventing many children from becoming entangled in the juvenile justice system.