Wayzata High School

Attendance & Health Office

Classifications of Absences

Written documentation with specific dates and/or hours is required to have any absence classified as "authorized".

Sheila Moran-LaPlant, LPN
Health Paraprofessional
763-745-6617
Sheila.MoranLaPlant@wayzataschools.org

Jean Parsons, RN, PHN, LSN, MS
Licensed School Nurse
763-745-6616
Jean.Parsons@wayzataschools.org

Attendance Responsibilities

Class attendance is a joint responsibility to be shared by the student, parent or guardian, and school personnel. Meeting the following responsibilities will increase the likelihood that student performance will be enhanced:

Tardiness

Tardy violations result when students report to class without a verified pass anytime after the bell has rung. Students arriving more than twenty minutes late will be recorded as absent rather than tardy. At the teacher's discretion, tardy students may be required to get a tardy slip from the attendance office on that teacher's floor or she/he may simply admit the student.

Tardiness is viewed as a classroom issue and will be addressed first at that level. Students who do not respond to the efforts by the teacher to help them change their behavior will progress through the following steps once they exceed three unverified tardies per term in any class:

  • On their fifth "unverified" tardy, students will be referred to their Dean of Students.
  • On their sixth "unverified" tardy, students will be referred again to their Dean of Students who may suspend the student from school for one day or assign other consequences. If the student is suspended, a reinstatement conference will be required. After their reinstatement, students may return to class on "probationary" status.

Students who do not adhere to the terms of their probation may be withdrawn from the class.


We recognize that healthy children are better learners. Our district nurses and school-based health paraprofessionals work collaboratively to promote the health and safety of our students.

The role of district nurses

Our licensed school nurses provide care in concert with health paraprofessionals for students at all schools. They perform the following services.

  • provide needed physical assessment, direct nursing care and specialized health procedures to students
  • develop and assist with the implementation of individual health plans for students with chronic health conditions
  • train and support school staff to assist students' needs as identified by their health plans
  • serve as in-house resources, liaisons and advocates for students, parents and community service organizations regarding individual and general health care issues

The role of health paraprofessionals

Our health paraprofessionals work in the school health offices under the supervision of the licensed school nurse. They are certified in CPR and First Aid and receive targeted health education on pertinent school health-related topics such as diabetes, anaphylaxis, asthma and epilepsy. They perform the following services.

  • provide direct care to students who become ill during the school day
  • administer medications
  • assist district nurses with the prevention and control of communicable diseases
  • distribute communicable disease information to school staff and parents as needed
  • assist with vision and hearing screening programs