LHS Attendance 101

  • The Attendance Office can be called directly at 816-736-7050.  Please save this number in your phone! 

    If you are needing your student dismissed from school, please call the Attendance office PRIOR to 2:00 p.m. during normal school days.  For all days with an dismissal time prior to 3:15 p.m. (i.e. two-hour early release day), please call the Attendance office by 12:00 p.m.

    What if I need to call in a student absence, or check my student out early for a doctor's appointment, or other personal reason?

    • If your student will be absent for the day, or is sick, a parent needs to call the Attendance office and report the absence. The attendance phone may go to voicemail due to the high volume of calls received. Please leave a message with your student's first and last name (spell the last name if unusual), grade level, and what time the student will need to check out. It is helpful to indicate whether the absence is due to vacation, illness, a college visit, a personal reason, etc. 
      • If your student has an undiagnosed illness such as a head cold, upset stomach, etc. and will miss one day of school, please call the Attendance office at 816-736-7050.
      • If your child has had a surgery, broken bone, or a diagnosed illness (influenza, mono, bronchitis, etc.), please call the Nurse's office first- visit with a Nurse - and then they will transfer you to the Attendance office for appropriate documentation in PowerSchool of your student's absence.
    • Please call the Attendance Office PRIOR to 2:00 p.m. Without parent permission, a student may not leave the building. Once you call the Attendance Office and let them know what time your child needs to leave, your student will be sent a pass to check out through the Attendance office at the appropriate time.  If a student does not check out through the Attendance Office, they will not be marked Excused, even if a parent has called.

    What if my student forgot his/her laptop, lunch, homework, etc.?

    • If you make the decision to bring the forgotten item to your student, you must drop it off at the Attendance office, and your student will need to retrieve the item(s) during a passing period.  We do not send items to classrooms. Please note that we would prefer your student not leave the building to meet you outside, in order to pick up the forgotten item.

    What do I need to know about Tardies, Absences and Unverifieds?

    • Timeliness is a life skill necessary to learn. Late arrivals to the classroom disrupt instruction time and have an affect on others in the classroom.
    • When a student is late to class, he/she is marked Tardy.  When a student has been marked Tardy five (5) times, a warning will be issued to the student and their parent. After eight (8) tardies, the student will need to serve two lunch detentions and an email will be sent home.  Consequences increase with continual tardies.  Please encourage your student to arrive to class on time!
    • For each class/hour of the day, letters are sent home if a student is Absent 5, 8 and/or 11 times. Any student that has 11 Absences in a class will need to appeal for credit.
    • If a student does not report to class, and the absence has not been reported by a parent/guardian, they will be marked Unverified.  

    What is a Robo Call?

    • A Robo Call is automatically generated when a student has been marked Unverified during the school day, alerting the parent/guardian of the absence.  A notification will also be sent through the PowerSchool app, for both student and parent, should you have the app on your phone.
    • If the student believes a correction needs to be made, they can report directly to the Attendance Office.
    • A parent/guardian can call the Attendance Office at 816.736.7050 if an absence needs to be reported.

    What if my child is not feeling well during school hours?

    • Please encourage your student to visit the Nurse's office, rather than text a parent to come pick them up. In many instances, the nurse can help to resolve the problem and prevent an unnecessary absence. If there is a problem they cannot help, a phone call will made to a parent/guardian to come pick up your student.