Daily School Attendance Is Important!

Students who attend school regularly are more successful, both academically and socially, than those with many absences. We ask that you read the following information carefully so that you will be aware of both district and state attendance requirements. When a student is absent, his/her parents or guardians are required to telephone the school (554-2370) on the day of the absence to verify their nonattendance. As an alternative, the parent may send a note to the school on the day that the student returns. Any absence not excused within this 24-hour period will be considered unexcused. Students who arrive at school anytime after 7:35am must report to the office to sign in. Students who are habitually late to school will lose their opportunity to be excused. Students who have three consecutive unexcused absences or five days of un-excused absences in any semester or seven unexcused school days in any school year, whichever occurs first, will be considered not attending school as per Kansas Law 72-11139c. Students who are less than 13 years of age will be reported to Social and Rehabilitation Services. Students who are more than 13 years old but less than 16 will be reported to the appropriate county or district attorney.


Log on to the USD 261 Web Site: www.usd261.com to view your child/children’s current grades, daily assignments and attendance records. Did you know? You also have access to the same information your child does on a daily basis. When you log onto Powerschool you can read the HWMS Daily Bulletin to be informed about activities and current events taking place at school. You also have the ability to check on their lunch account balance and fees due. Don’t forget to log on to www.usd261.com for a wealth of district news.

District Calling System - School Messenger

Haysville West Middle School and USD 261 utilizes an internet based notification system to contact our students‘ parents/guardians regarding school cancellations, important dates and activities taking place at HWMS. It is one of our main means of communication. Through School Messenger you will receive phone calls, emails, and with your permission, text messages. Please make sure that you keep your contact information up to date with our office.

Alternative Mailing List

Do you share custody of your child? To have a copy of your child’s report cards and monthly newsletters sent to an alternate address, please notify the school office in writing. Just request that we add your name to our secondary mailing list.

Inclement Weather Procedures

When inclement weather causes the school to close, it will be announced between the hours of 6:00am and 8:00am on local radio and television stations. USD 261 will also use the internet based calling system "School Reach" to notify parents/ guardians. However, our system is only as good as the information that you have provided us. Please keep demographics up to date with the school office. All scheduled extracurricular and cocurricular school activities will be cancelled on days when school is closed.

Emergency Safety Interventions Policy

Kansas regulations now require that we provide all parents with notice of policies regarding Emergency Safety Interventions ("ESI''). The State of Kansas policy is available on our website and in our student handbooks. In addition, we will provide a copy of the policy at any time upon request. Get Kansas policy here

School Hours

7:25 AM - 2:50 PM