School Attendance Attendance Policy #503 can be found on the district website

O.H. Anderson Elementary School Attendance Form   Please use this link or the links below to report or call the attendance line if needed.

Regular school attendance is directly related to academic achievement and benefits a student’s social and emotional development.  We strongly encourage families to schedule appointments and vacations when school is not in session.  At the elementary level, school attendance is solely the responsibility of the family and at the secondary level both students and families are responsible.  

Absences are defined as follows:

Excused absences include:

  • Extreme family emergency

  • Illness

  • Medical, dental, or mental health appointments

  • Religious holidays

  • Death or bereavement of a student’s immediate family member, relative or close friend

  • Court appearances   

  • Physical emergency conditions such as a fire, flood, storm, etc.

  • College Visits, Drivers License Tests

  • Any absences for which the student has been excused in writing by an administrator 

Unexcused Absences Include:

  • Babysitting

  • Don't want to go to school

  • Kicked off the bus

  • Missing the bus

  • Need for rest / sleep

  • Not being in assigned location at school

  • Weather

  • Work

  • Skipping

  • Arriving at school without an acceptable reason.

  • Possible other reasons deemed by the administrator


All of our K-12 schools use attendance forms for absence reporting.  

The average student in the state of Minnesota misses a total of seven (7) days, excused and/or unexcused, in a school year. Students who miss more than seven days, whether they are excused or unexcused, are considered excessively absent. If there are attendance difficulties you will be contacted by the school.   Please make every effort to improve attendance.  We are required to report excessive absences to Washington County for possible Educational Neglect and Truancy.

Our Mission

The mission of O.H. Anderson Elementary, the joyful Zephyr family of curious, hard-working learners committed to empowering everyone to be better together, is to ensure all students discover their authentic selves and build bold learner agency to collaboratively and mindfully contribute in our world through a vital system distinguished by:

  • An inclusive and fun environment that honors the worth of the individual and connections with others
  • A culture that celebrates learning, passion, and personal excellence 
  • Teaching and learning that values the process of discovery and bold experimentation 
  • A culture that empowers authentic student voice, choice, and action for the greater good
O.H. Anderson Elementary School ISD #832
666 South Warner Avenue, Mahtomedi, MN 55115
Phone: 651-407-2300
Attendance Line: 651-407-2308
Our School
We believe in creating a safe and challenging learning community with the goal of bringing together social and academic learning throughout the day to foster and support engaged, caring, and responsible learners. Our dedicated teachers work with students to develop a growth mindset by providing learning opportunities that spark effort, curiosity, and engagement to fuel growth and achievement. Our school-wide Zephyr Time Celebrations, Morning Announcements, all-school River of Rocks art project, Fun Run, and Nature Trail Day are ways in which we build a strong sense of community. Whether it is programming robots, book clubs, math talks, cross-country skiing, or composing music, we are committed to providing an engaging and challenging education for all students.