Welcome to the Attendance Office at Prairie Winds Middle School

The Attendance Office phone line is available for parents to leave messages 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Attendance line can be reached at (507) 345-6625 and choose option #1. 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns regarding your student(s) attendance at (507) 207-6054 or via email at  

Sunshine Matutino    smatut1@isd77.org

Our Attendance Policy is available in the Student Handbook and is as follows: 


If you have been absent-

Absences need to be cleared via a phone call or written note within 24 hours of the absence. Absences which are not cleared within 24 hours will be recorded as an unexcused absence.

Students absent from school are to have their parent/guardian call the office at 345-6625 by 8:30 a.m. the day of the absence.  If parents/guardians are unable to call the school, students may bring a written excuse signed by their parent/guardian stating the date and reason for the absence. The written excuse must be presented at the office before going to class. If a student is frequently absent from school due to illness, the school may require a note from the doctor to excuse future absences.

Students are allowed one additional day besides the day or days absent to make up their work (e.g. If a student is absent two days, they have three days to make up the work missed).

It shall be the student’s responsibility to get his/her assignments and to turn them in on time.

Parents/guardians may request assignments after the third day of absence if they call before 7:45 a.m.


Excused vs. Unexcused Absence-

There are two types of absences, EXCUSED AND UNEXCUSED. Excused absences are those absences caused by illness, medical or dental appointments, school sponsored activities, funerals, legal appointments, family emergency, and trips with parents, and religious activities. Please inform the office in writing or by phone prior to the start of the school day, should it be necessary to schedule a medical or dental appointment for your child during school hours.

Parents should inform the office at least one week in advance due to a vacation.  Students will be given an advance assignment form.

Students are unexcused when they are absent from school or class without a valid and verified excuse. Forged notes and fraudulent telephone calls will result in the absence being considered unexcused.  Skipping any part of a class or not checking out through the office when leaving the building will be considered unexcused.  

Teachers may require any work missed due to an unexcused absence to be made up in a timely manner.  

There will no extensions on due dates because of unexcused absences.


Truancy Policy

Any combination of seven unexcused absences is subject to District 77's Truancy Policy 503.  On the 7th unexcused /or unexcused absence a petition may be filed in juvenile court.

The following laws apply to truancy:

  • A child under 16 years of age must attend school. A child 16 or 17 cannot drop out of school without the permission of their parents. (Minnesota Statute 120.101, subd.5d)

  • A child who is truant may be taken into custody by the police. (Minnesota Statute 260.132 and 260.165)

  • A juvenile, who misses seven days of school or seven class periods on seven different days, can be charged as Habitually Truant under the CHIPS Court. (Minnesota Statute 260.015)

  • Under Minnesota Statute 120.101, it is the responsibility of parents or guardians to assure that their children acquire knowledge and skills that are essential for effective citizenship.

  • A parent who contributes to a child’s truancy from school may be charged with a misdemeanor under Minnesota Statute 260.312 that is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a $700 fine.

  • A child is “educationally neglected,” if the child is absent from school due to failure of the parent to get the child to school. (Minnesota Statute 260.15 and 260.155)


Tardy Policy-
Being on time is very important, so the PWMS staff takes tardiness seriously. If students arrive at school tardy, they should report to the office. Tardiness during all other class periods will be reported by the classroom teacher. Should the teacher(s) determine a student is chronically tardy, the teacher(s) will implement appropriate interventions to get students to class on time.  Should the student continue to be tardy, the teacher(s) may refer the student to the office for further disciplinary action.



Contact: Sunshine Matutino