Attendance Procedures and FAQ

Attendance Number: 816-359-4121

Julie Lowe
Erica Smith

Park Hill South High School is committed to the philosophy that every student should attend every class, every day in order to have a successful academic experience. Learning to participate in group discussions, developing an appreciation for the views and abilities of other students, and forming the habit of regular attendance are legitimate objectives for any course. Learning lost due to absence can never be adequately replaced. The attendance office procedures have been streamlined resulting in significant gains made in student attendance at the high school. Your cooperation has been greatly appreciated. Please familiarize yourself with the procedures to ensure the continued success.

Although medical notes are not required to excuse an absence, we are encouraging students to bring in a note from appointments for his/her file. Parents still need to call to excuse a student for being late or absent for a medical appointment, but a doctor’s note on letterhead with the specific date of the appointment will be put on file when provided. Notes will need to be turned into the attendance office so they can be entered into Infinite Campus and put into the student’s file. If your student is in the A+ program, attendance will make a copy for the student’s file and they will keep the original for a file at home if they need it for any reason for the A+ program. Medical notes include family doctors, urgent care, hospitals, physical therapy, orthodontist, dentist, etc. All A+ attendance should be directed to the A+ Coordinator, Jill Owens.

WHAT IF MY CHILD IS ABSENT?

It is the responsibility of the parents or guardians to contact the attendance office and state the reason for your child's absence. The attendance office number is 816-359-4121. For your convenience a phone answering machine will be in operation 24 hours 7 days a week. Please call before 8:00 a.m. if your child will be absent from school.

WHAT IF I FORGET TO CALL OR DON’T KNOW WHAT CLASS MY STUDENT MISSED?


Students unaccounted for will be placed on a telephone call list. The attendance office will contact those parents or guardians on the same day of the absence either by manual or an automated calling system. The automated message will explain the absentee situation and request parental assistance. For partial day absences, parents or guardians may view the student’s attendance on Infinite Campus to identify which classes have been marked absent.

HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO CALL?


If the absences have not been excused by a parent or guardian within 48 hours, they will need to speak with an administrator to have a status of an absence changed. Park Hill South does not accept hand written or email notifications to excuse absences.

WHAT IF MY CHILD ARRIVES LATE OR NEEDS TO LEAVE EARLY?


All students arriving late or leaving early must report directly to the attendance office. When students leave the campus during the school day, a telephone call from the parent or guardian is required and a pass secured from the attendance office. When requesting an early release, please call as early as possible in the morning. If you are unable to call in the morning, we ask that a minimum of 30 minutes is allowed for ample time to locate your student.