Lester Prairie School Frequently Asked Questions
1. What do I need to do if my child will be late, needs to leave early, or will miss school?
Elementary school: If your son/daughter is going to be late, you should call the elementary school at (320) 395-2521 no later than 9 a.m.
When the student returns, she/he will need a written excuse signed by the parent or guardian explaining the absence. The note should be presented at the school’s office before attending classes.
Without a note, the absence will be considered unexcused. After seven unexcused absences, a social worker will be sent by the county to the home. After 10 absences due to illness, the school may require a doctor’s note for further absences due to illness. In the case of an extended illness, the parent/guardian should consult the principal or school counselor for arrangements.
Excused absences include dental and medical appointments, or other family or emergency appointments. If these absences are anticipated, the school should be contacted ahead of time. Any make-up work due to an absence should be picked up after school to avoid disrupting class. Call the office before 9 a.m. to request make-up work after two days of absences.
High school: The phone number for the high school is (320) 395-2521. Parents or guardians should call by 9 a.m. if a student will be absent.
There are also issues that pertain to missing parts of the day. For instance, if a student does not attend classes during the afternoon hours of the day, he/she will not be able to attend school functions held on the same date unless permission is given by the high school principal.
Absences fall into two separate categories: excused and unexcused. Excused absences include: illness (not long term or chronic), family emergency, medical/dental appointments that cannot be scheduled outside of school, and court-ordered appearances. These need to be verified before the absence occurs and when the students return to school. The students are required to complete make-up work. Other excused absences include religious holidays that occur while school is in session, counseling sessions, chronic illnesses, and pre-arranged absences due to travel with parent or guardian.
Unexcused absences include any not authorized by the school and not known by the parent or guardian.
Students have a one day limit to excuse any absences. Any long term absences should be arranged with the school’s office. The office will notify teachers for assignments. The school’s student handbook contains more information pertaining to absences.
2. If my child is failing or close to failing a class, will I be notified in time so he/she can get help before the quarter ends?
Elementary school: The elementary school’s behavior report includes incomplete assignments or homework. The report must be signed by the parent after it is issued. Overall, a behavior report may require detention as well. Parents also receive information daily through Planner.
High school: The high school will send home a school progress report if a student is experiencing any academic problems. The report is sent on the basis of the teacher’s judgement. Alternatively, the report can also be sent for excellence or improvement. Parents may do an online student grade check through parent portal.
3. If my child misses the bus, will I be notified?
Elementary school: The elementary school will call home if any student is found absent by 9 a.m.
High school: Attendance is taken often during the day. If a student is absent during the first two hours of the day, the office will send an Instant Alert home.
4. If my child will not be taking the bus home or will be riding another bus to go to a friend’s house, what must I do?
Elementary school: If your child is going home on a different bus, the school requires a note from the parents giving permission. A bus pass will be issued.
High school: A note should be sent to the office from the parents/guardian.
5. What is available for lunches/milk, and what are the costs?
Elementary school: Hot lunches are available at a reasonable price. Students are also allowed to bring a snack and can purchase milk. Children from households that meet federal income guidelines may be eligible for free meals or reduced price meals. This can be arranged through the school’s office.
Students in kindergarten through third grade receive a daily milk break. There is no charge for kindergartners.
High school: The price for the hot lunch is set annually by the Board of Education.
6. If my child needs to take medicine during school hours, what must I do?
For medications, a medication permission form must be completed before the school can store and/or dispense medicines on a schedule. The form may be picked up at the school’s office.
Any prescribed medications must have a written authorization signed by a parent and physician. The school has an authorization form. The medicine must be in its original container and include clear instructions on dosage and frequency. The student is not allowed to have non-prescribed medications in his/her locker, desk, or person. Non-prescribed medications will be administered by the office per instructions.
7. As a parent, what school organizations are there that I can join?
Both high school and elementary school have a number of organizations that parents can join. They include Dollars for Scholars, After Prom Committee, The Booster Club, Technology Committee, and all the sports organizations such as football, basketball, and track. For a comprehensive list and description of organizations, consult the school and refer to the organization section of this guide.
8. Does the school have an open house?
For both the high school and elementary school, an open house is scheduled yearly. Typically, the event falls during workshop day before the beginning of the year. Registration for activities and information booths are available for parents’ convenience.
9. When and how often are parent-teacher conferences?
Elementary school: The evening conferences are scheduled for October and February.
High school: Parent-teacher conferences are in October and February taking place on a first-come-first-served basis.
10. What help is available before and after school for the students that need help?
Elementary school: Teachers are available by appointment as well as a school counselor to provide assistance on the test. Homework help is available Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
High school: Teachers are available before school at 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. any time during the school year. One month prior to the test, the school sets up additional time, some during the day, when students are most available. Teachers are also available for consultation from 3 to 3:30 p.m.
For more information, visit www.lp.k12.mn.us.