To report an absence at Lake Bluff Elementary School:

Please call 847-234-9405

To report an absence at Lake Bluff Middle School:

Please call 847-234-9407

Attendance & School Absence Information

The importance of students being in school on time to start the day as well as attendance in school generally is critical in student achievement.  A student who is tardy also impacts the rest of the students in his/her classroom because they miss the entry activity and check in with the teacher as well as the beginning of the day activities and learning objectives. Bus transportation is offered to our families in many areas in Lake Bluff which greatly helps with the student tardy issue -- because the majority of the time our buses arrive with plenty of time for students to get in their schools, get organized and make their way to their classrooms prior to the day starting.  We strongly encourage our families to take advantage of this service.

Attendance Procedures

Each day, teachers take attendance in their classes using the Power School system. When a student is marked absent, then the staff in the office check this list against the list of students who have been called in absent by their parents/guardians.  When the school has not heard from a parent/guardian, then the office contacts the parents to determine where the student is on that day.
 
At the end of each school year, the absences from Power School are totaled up and reported electronically to the State of Illinois as mandated by the Illinois School Code.

Chronic Absenteeism

The State of Illinois has updated their definition of Chronic Absenteeism.  Chronically absent students are defined as:
 
“Absences that total 10% or more of school days of the most recent academic school year, including absences with and without valid cause.”
 
What this means is that absences (regardless of whether they are excused or unexcused) totalling up to 10% or more of a student’s school year may warrant additional supports and interventions from the school administrative teams, the school district, and the Lake County Regional Office of Education.  The number of students who are chronically absent are publically reported each school year and are used for accountability purposes.
 

Student Truancy

“Chronic or habitual truant” is defined as a child who is subject to compulsory school attendance and who is absent without valid cause from such attendance for 5% or more of the regular attendance days.

It is not possible for our teachers to replicate the classroom learning experiences through make up work.  As such, our teachers are not able to provide work ahead of time.

The Illinois Compulsory School Attendance Law (Article 26 of the Illinois School Code) holds parents responsible for the enrollment and regular school attendance of children between the ages of 6 and 17. Section 26-13 of the Code requires school districts to adopt absenteeism and truancy policies identifying appropriate supportive services and available resources for students who have chronic absenteeism (“truant”). 

The district regularly monitors student tardies and absences and meets with families to encourage on-time practices for children as well as regular student attendance. We hope that by focusing on the benefits of being in school on time and working with our learning community, that our students benefit from all learning opportunities on school days.

You will hear about this often. If you are interested in the procedures that we will be working with on student tardies and absences, please contact the school office.

The Importance of School Attendance

A recent review of student attendance data shows that regular school attendance from Kindergarten on is essential to successful learning:
 
  • Every day counts.   Missing school even 10% of the time has a significant negative impact on reading and math achievement and growth as children progress through school.  10% of the time is two absences per month.
 
  • Students with good attendance performed better and grew more in math and reading.
 
  • Good attendance starts early.  Research has demonstrated that the attendance habits established in the early grades have lasting effects on students throughout their education: children with high attendance in the early grades continue to have good attendance; and students with low attendance in the early grades are more likely to have low attendance—and lower academic performance—throughout their elementary and middle school years.
  • First letter for late/ tardies will go out when a student has five lates/tardies. (simple notification from School Principal)
  • At ten late/tardies, a second letter will out from the District notifying parents that if their child accumulates any more tardies, their case with be referred to the Lake County Regional Office of Education. There will also be a parent meeting with a building administrator.
  • At twelve late/ tardies, a final meeting with a District level administrator will occur (to discuss tardies and make a plan for improvement.
  • At fifteen late/tardies, a third letter will come out and it will be from the Lake County Regional Office of Education
  • At six full days of unexcused absences, a letter will go out from the principal to notify the parents.
  • At eight full days of unexcused absences, a letter will go out from principal to notify the parents and inform them that a meeting must occur with the building principal.
  • At ten full days of unexcused absences, a letter will go out from the District to notify the parents and inform them that a meeting must occur with a District administrator.
  • At twelve full days of unexcused absences a referral will be made to the Lake County Regional Office of Education.
  • After twelve CONSECUTIVE days of unexcused absences, a student will be dropped from enrollment and need to re-register when they return.
  • At seven full days of excused absences, a letter will go out from principal to notify the parents.
  • At nine full days of excused absences, a letter will again go out from the principal and it will inform them that a meeting must occur with the building principal.
  • At eleven full days of absences, a letter will go out from the District and a meeting with District administrator will occur.
  • At twelve full days of unexcused absences a referral will be made to the Lake County Regional Office of Education.