Attendance Matters


OASD Attendance Policy

“Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow”

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Attending school regularly is essential to students gaining the academic and social skills they need to succeed. The Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) is embarking on a community-wide campaign to boost student attendance. Our Attendance Matters initiative - Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow - aims to prioritize attendance and help students, families, and the entire community understand why attendance is so important for success in school and life. 

We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. But, we also know that when students miss too much school— regardless of the reason – it can cause them to fall behind academically. Student are less likely to succeed if they are chronically absent—which means missing 10% or more of possible attendance dates (about 2 days per month) over the course of an entire school year. 

  • A student may be excused from school for the following reasons: physical or mental condition, obtaining religious instruction, permission of parent or guardian, religious holiday, suspension/expulsion, program or curriculum modification, high school equivalency, child at risk, open hours that fall under Junior/Senior privilege criteria, election day official, quarantine, illness of an immediate family member, and/or emergency. 
  • A student may be excused in writing or phone call by the parent/guardian prior to the absence occurring. In accordance with state law, 118.15(3)(c), a parent/guardian can’t exceed 10 days of 

The OASD's Attendance Matters campaign promotes the importance of school attendance by providing resources to schools, families, and the community. The ultimate goal of the campaign is to establish a culture of school attendance that leads to higher attendance rates with fewer students being identified as chronically absent.  

Bookmark this page and check back regularly for the latest updates and resources! The resources provided will target the specific needs in each of these areas.  The District believes that an awareness of absenteeism and its potential impact will empower students, families, and community partners to make informed decisions regarding missing school.

Tips for Parents/Guardians

  • Set attendance goals with your child or track attendance on a calendar
  • Help your child get a good night’s sleep
  • Prep the night before and set a morning routine to streamline your morning
  • Try to schedule medical or dental appointments before or after school hours
  • Schedule trips during school breaks
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless they are truly sick
  • Talk with your child about the reasons they may not want to go to school
  • For students who have chronic health issues, talk with their pediatrician about developing a plan for school
  • Know school start times and contact the school if your child will be late or absent
  • Encourage your child to get involved with after-school activities

Absences Add Up!

Students who miss only 2 days of school per month starting in kindergarten…

  • Will have missed about a month of school by the end of kindergarten
  • Will have missed nearly a half year of school by the end of 3rd grade
  • Will have missed a full year of school by the end of 8th grade
  • Will have missed over a year and a half of school by the end of 12th grade

Understanding Excused Absences