Frequently Asked Questions

How many sick days does my child get per year?
(According to School District Policy JED): Beginning with the tenth day (excused and unexcused combined) the decision of whether or not an absence is "excused" or "unexcused" shall be up to the discretion of the school attendance officer. The attendance policy may be taken into consideration and the parents and student may present whatever evidence they have, to show that the absence was "excused" based on the above policy. (Parental notes alone will not be accepted.)

Can I take my student on vacation during the school year?

(According the School District Policy JED): A child excused in writing by his or her parent or guardian BEFORE the absence may be excused for up to ten days (per year). Appointments would fall under this category as well.

Can my student make up missed work when unexcused?

(According the School District Policy JED): An absence that does not meet the "good cause" criteria as listed in this policy, but is with parental permission, may be referred as truant at the discretion of the building attendance officer. The student will be allowed to make up the missed work for the first TEN absences (total of excused and unexcused). After ten absences, missed work may be made up ONLY at the teacher's discretion, except that major assignments, unit tests, or semester exams may always be made up within a reasonable time limit.

What counts as truancy?

(According to School District Policy JEDA): Truancy means any absence of part or all of one or more days from school during which the school attendance officer, principal, or teacher has not been notified of the legal cause of such absence by the parent or guardian of the absent student, and also means intermittent attendance carried on for the purpose of defeating the intent of state statute 118.15.

What can or cannot my student wear to school?
The bottom line is that a student's dress should be appropriate for school. In each student's handbook the guidelines can be found on p. 10. They read as follows: "Shoes must be worn in and around the school at all times. No bare midriffs, string/spaghetti or low cut tops, or any other piece of clothing allowing undergarments to be exposed, will be permitted. Potentially dangerous accessories such as spiked collars and bracelets, as well as decorative chains will not be allowed. Shorts are allowed providing they are of reasonable length and style; excessively short or tight shorts are NOT allowed, nor are Spandex/Lycra bike shorts (unless worn UNDER a pair of shorts that are acceptable). Caps, bandannas, sunglasses and other headwear, unless due to a specific dress-up day, are to be removed when entering the building. Clothing with profanity, beer, liquor, tobacco products or related advertising, inappropriate double meanings, demeaning to groups or individuals or advertises other substances which are illegal for teenagers on it shall not be worn in school."

Due to troubles with "tank tops", they are no longer acceptable as a primary outer garment. Although this was not added to the handbook PRIOR to submission for printing, this addition was discussed with each class at the beginning of the year through our class meetings.

Can my student drive a snowmobile to school?
The School District of Owen-Withee allows students to transport themselves to and from school on a snowmobile IF they meet the criteria provided on a registration form which MUST be on file in the high school office PRIOR to using said trasnportation EACH YEAR. Riding a snowmobile to school is a privilege and not a right, and therefore, a student can lose this privilege if the rules are not followed.
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