Office Information

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Gage Elementary School

1300 40th St. NW,  
Rochester, MN 55901
Phone Line: (507) 328-3400

Keli Retzlaff
Office Manager
(507) 328-3397 | Email


Frequently Used Phone Numbers:

Attendance Office: (507) 328-3401
Fax Line: (507) 281-6080
Nurses Office: (507) 328-3392



Principal's Office: (507) 328-3400
SACC: (507) 328-3390


School buses begin pick up

School buses arrive at school

School day starts *Early Dismissal School day end time End of day bus loading time
8:00 AM 8:55-9:10 AM 9:15 AM 12:00 PM 3:35 PM 3:35-3:42 PM

*During Early Dismissal, lunch will be provided.



Please report all absences to the attendance line at: (507) 328-3401.

Attendance Policy 503A

It is the student’s right to be in school. It is also the student’s responsibility to attend all assigned classes and study halls every day that school is in session and to be aware of and follow the correct procedures when absent from an assigned class or study hall. At the secondary level, it is the student’s responsibility to request any missed assignments due to an absence. At the elementary level, it is a shared responsibility between the parent/guardian, teacher, and student to request any missed assignments due to an absence.

Excused/Unexcused Absences

Excused Absences

Work missed during an excused absence must be made up for credit to be granted. Excused absences include the following categories:

  • Illness
  • Serious illness in the student’s immediate family
  • A death in the student’s immediate family or of a close friend or relative
  • Acute or emergency medical or dental treatment
  • Court appearances occasioned by family or personal action.
  • Religious instruction not to exceed three hours in any week
  • Physical emergency conditions such as fire, flood, storm, etc…
  • Removal of a student pursuant to a suspension. Suspensions are to be handled as excused absences and students will be permitted to complete make-up work
  • Religious holidays

The following reasons may be sufficient to constitute excused absences but will be limited on mandated federal and state testing days unless specific arrangements with building administration have been made which include confirmation of attendance on make-up testing days.

  1. Routine medical and dental appointments
  2. Official school field trip or other school-sponsored outings
  3. Work at home not to exceed 3 days per semester
  4. Pre-arranged travel


Unexcused Absences

All unauthorized absences are unexcused absences. Any absences not verified within two (2) school days after a student returns to school will be considered unexcused. Work missed during unexcused absences must be made-up, however, credit may not be granted. Unexcused absences may result in disciplinary action.


At the elementary level, a student arriving 15 minutes late for school is considered tardy. Beyond 15 minutes, the student is marked unexcused absent for the morning period. At both the elementary and secondary levels, three tardies equal one unexcused absence.

Make-up Work

At the elementary level, parents and or guardians, teachers, and students will work together to address missed assignments due to absence. Generally, two days for each day absent is allowed for make-up work.