Southern Bluffs
Elementary School
4010 Sunnyside Dr | La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601 | 608-789-7020 | Fax: 608-789-7176

Administrative Assistants

Stacey Blegen

Administrative Assistant


Amy Dale

Administrative Assistant


Reporting a Student Absence

STUDENT DAY: 8:40 a.m. – 3:20 p.m.

All families are expected to adhere to the state law (S.115.82, 118.15 and 118.16 Wis. Statues) regulating compulsory school attendance. The major component of the state law requires that all children between the ages of 6 and 18 attends a public or private school regularly for the full period and hours school is in session.

Parents are required to call the school (608-789-7020), email us at or submit the “Attendance Form” on our website before 9:00 a.m. if a child will be late or absent from school that day.

Students are provided with 10 general absence days per school year. General absences include illness days, appointments without doctor/dentist notes, funerals, parent excused days without principal approval and all other absences. After students reach this 10-day limit, all absences will require a doctor’s note and/or principal approval. If neither is provided, the absence may be marked “unexcused”.

Any message left on the school voice mail should include the reason for the child’s absence. When a child is absent and notification is not received from a parent/guardian by 9:00 A.M., an automated call will go out to families. If a reason for the absence is not determined, it will be considered unexcused.

Unexcused absences can lead to truancy proceedings. There are various people in our building prepared to help if you or your student face challenges in getting to school. We promise to work collaboratively with you to identify barriers and provide support to overcome challenges you may face in helping your student attend school.

Students arriving late to school must check into the office.