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School Attendance


Wisconsin public schools share responsibility with parents/guardians to ensure school-age children are enrolled in and attending appropriate educational programs. The Department of Public Instruction provides consultation, technical assistance, and resources to help reduce truancy and improve attendance.

Below are Department of Public Instruction publications and other resources about school attendance and strategies to reduce truancy and improve attendance.

Attendance Promotion and Dropout Prevention

Attendance in Early Grades

Compulsory School Attendance and Truancy 

new Example Habitual Truancy Letter per 118.16(2)(cg)

Educational Alternatives


For questions about this information, call the Student Services/Prevention and Wellness Helpline at (608)266-8960, or email