Report an Absence or Late Arrival
If your student will not be attending school or will be arriving more than 20 minutes late, please call the 24-hour Attendance Line: 952-848-4102 with the following information:
- Student's name
- Student's grade
- Student's teacher
- Date of the absence
- Reason for absence
- Your name and relationship to the student
You must call the attendance line even if you have already notified your child's teacher.
The school nurse may require a doctor's note after a student has been absent for more than 3 days due to illness. If a student is absent more than 3 days without a valid excuse, they may be considered a continuing truant.
Students arriving late at school must be signed in as the office by a parent or other adult. Per Edina School Board Policy 503 any absence over 30 minutes will be counted as a half day absence.
Click HERE to read about the importance of attendance for our students’ success.
For upcoming planned absences (travel, non-school events, personal matters), please fill out the Planned Absence Form. Per Edina School Board Policy 503, Planned Absence Forms must be turned in to the school office at least 5 days in advance of the absence to be counted as excused. Illness, medical, religious and funeral absences do not require the Planned Absence Form.
Note: Do not submit planned absences online via Infinite Campus. This method is only for secondary students and will not be received by Normandale. Parents must use the paper Planned Absence Form linked above.
Arrival and Departure
Students being dropped off at school should not arrive prior to 8:25am. If you need care for your child earlier than 8:25am., please make arrangements with Kids Club/Wise Guys, a neighbor or family member. If your student walks or rides their bike, please work with them to plan for an arrival time between 8:25am. and 8:35am. The office staff appreciates your help as they are busy getting ready for the school day in the mornings and can't provide supervision for children.Students should enter at Door 10, by the office. They will be allowed to proceed to their classroom when the buses start unloading at 8:30am. Students are expected to be in their classroom when the bell rings at 8:40am.
At the end of the day, students are dismissed by their classroom teacher. Parent drop-off and pick-up is at Door 10, by the Normandale office. Please see our Traffic Plan.
All unsupervised students must leave the building by 3:55pm. For children who need before or after school supervision, please enroll in Kids Club or Wise Guys.
Students who are being picked up during the school day should bring a written note stating the time they are to be excused and give the note to their teacher. A parent must pick up and sign out the student in the school office. If the student returns to school, they must be signed back in by a parent in the school office.
Change in Plans
If you have a change in dismissal plans, please send a note with your student in the morning. If you have an emergency or sudden change, please contact the office at 952-848-4100 and they will notify your student's teacher. Do not email the teacher as they may have a substitute or not have the ability to check their email during the school day.