Parent Group Meeting (PGM)
When the student has six unexcused absences, the school will make a referral to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office. A representative will send a letter to the parents, directing them to attend a Parent Group Meeting (PGM).
At the PGM, a be@school representative will explain compulsory school attendance laws, consequences for unexcused absences, the benefits of education, and the services available to assist families.
In some cases, families will be assigned to a community agency at this time. These agencies can offer services to help get the student to school and can refer the family to other services.
Length of the PGM
PGMs are approximately 30 minutes. Parents are encouraged to allow at least one hour in case additional conversation is needed after the meeting.
Scheduling the meeting
Click here to view a schedule of meeting times. Additional meeting dates and times are available if necessary.
Call the be@school line for more information (612-348-6041) or refer to the weekly calendar, enclosed with the letter, for other meeting times.
Requesting an interpreter
An interpreter can be requested to assist at either the PGM or STAR meeting. Call the be@school line to request an interpreter at least two days before the meeting: 612-348-6041.
Completing the PGM online
The PGM is also available online.
In the Parent Group Meeting letter, there is a unique family code. Parents can use this access code to view the online PGM and receive credit for attending this meeting instead of attending in person. The online PGM is available in English, Spanish, Hmong, and Somali languages.
Proceed to the online PGM.
If the student has three additional unexcused absences after the PGM referral, the school will make an educational neglect or truancy report. Families will be directed by mail to contact their assigned community agency and begin case management services.
School Team Attendance Review (STAR) meeting
The next step in the process after the PGM is the STAR meeting (School Team Attendance Review). This meeting will be attended by the parent(s), the student (if over 12 years old), a program representative, the community agency, and a school representative, if available. The goal of the STAR meeting is a specific plan to resolves barriers that are negatively impacting the student’s attendance. Throughout this process, the assigned community agency will monitor the student’s attendance weekly and continue to provide assistance.
Who can/should attend meetings
Students 12 years of age or older should attend meetings with their parent(s)/guardian(s). Parents are welcome to bring anyone supportive of the family to the meeting. This may include other service providers.
Meeting attendance questions
If you miss a Parent Group Meeting (PGM) or School Team Attendance Review (STAR) meeting, please contact be@school: