Attendance Hotline: 517-623-6120, ext 1104


Attendance Policy



Attendance Policy


  • It is imperative that students be in attendance each school day in order not to miss a significant portion of their education. Many important learnings result from active participation in classroom and other school activities which cannot be replaced by individual study.

  • Attendance is important in the development of a high quality work ethic which will be a significant factor in a student’s success with future employers. One of the most important work habits that employers look for in hiring and promoting a worker is his/her dependability in coming to work every day and on time. This is a habit the School wants to help students develop as early as possible in their school careers.

  • Dansville Middle School recognizes that there are situations that require a student to be absent for a reason other than illness. However, since there is great variance in thinking with respect to this issue, the school must stand in the position of judge in order to maintain uniformity in the handling of non-illness related absences. The final decision regarding “excused” or “unexcused” absences rests with the school.

  • If it is necessary for a student to be out of school, parents must understand that the student will miss class discussion, which can affect the education process. It is also imperative that students and parents realize that because our school is on a block schedule, being absent for one day is really the equivalent of missing two teaching days.

  • Parents are required by State Law to ensure that their children attend school until the age of eighteen. It is the responsibility of the school to enforce this law. Parents will be contacted when there is an attendance concern. An intervention meeting may be requested to discuss the issue and to create a plan. If the problem continues, we may seek help from the Truancy Officer and/or Ingham County Probate Court.



A student absent from school, except to officially represent the school in a school-sponsored activity, is entered as absent on the school attendance register. A parent will be notified by phone through our school calling system that leaves messages if a student is absent and we have not received notice to consider it excused. Students may be excused from school for one or more of the following reasons and will be provided an opportunity to make-up missed school work and/or tests:

Excused Absences

  • Illness

  • Emergencies

  • Funerals/Bereavement

  • Medical and Dental Appointments-documentation required

  • Religious Observations

  • Participation in Legal or Court Proceedings-documentation required

  • College Visits-documentation required

  • Pre-planned Trip Vacations During the School Year