Report an Absence

  • Email: oeattendance@olatheschools.org

    Attendance Line: 913-780-7118

    Español: 913-780- 7123

    Select the option that applies to the attendance information you wish to communicate:

    • PRESS 1: To report an all-day absence
    • PRESS 2: If your student will be late and you need to excuse their tardy
    • PRESS 3: If your student needs a pass to leave during the school day
      **Please allow 30 minutes notice for processing time. Your student will need to pick up their pass at the Attendance Window outside the office. **
    • PRESS 4: All other attendance information

    Please include the following in your message:

    • Spell your student’s first and last name
    • Grade
    • Your name and relationship to student
    • Phone number where you can be reached
    • Reason for their absence  

    Parents, if your student is absent for more than two full days, please request make up work by calling or emailing the teachers. For extended absences for longer than one week, please notify your child’s counselor so she can work with the teacher to develop a reasonable plan for work completion.

    School Attendance is Vital to Student Success

    How do I report my student absent?

    If a student is absent from school, a parent or legal guardian must contact the school attendance office via email oeattendance@olatheschools.org or phone (913-780-7118).  Phone calls should be received prior to or on the day of the absence by 9:00 a.m. Students and their parents will be expected to keep the attendance office up to date on the student’s absences. Absences should be reported by the student’s parent, guardian, or other appropriate individual within 24 hours.

    How does my student check out during the day?

    Olathe District Schools have a closed campus policy that includes lunch time. Students are not allowed in the parking lot or outside the building between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. without permission from the office. Whenever possible, appointments should be scheduled outside the school day. However, when it is necessary for a student to leave campus during the school day, parents should email or call the Attendance Office at least two hours prior to the requested dismissal time. Students must come to the Attendance Office to sign-out and receive their “permit to leave” pass. They can then exit the door nearest to their arranged transportation. Students returning to school must sign-in and may be asked to provide verification to the Attendance Office.

    What is an "excused" absence?

    The state of Kansas delegates to the Board of Education the responsibility of determining reasons for excusable absences. As Board of Education designees, building administrators will determine if an absence is excused or unexcused. According to the Board of Education policy, the following are recognized as excusable reasons for absences:

    • Personal illness (A physician’s note may be required for chronic or excessive absenteeism.)
    • Serious illness or death of a member of the family or close friend
    • Obligatory religious observances of the student’s own faith
    • Participation in a school-approved student activity
    • Verified physician or dentist appointments
    • Court appearance
    • Emergency situations requiring immediate action
    • An absence which has been requested in writing and approved in advance by the building administration.

    How do "excessive" absences affect credit in courses?

    An accrual of 16 absences per semester, whether excused, unexcused, or a combination of the two, may result in a student being ineligible to receive credit in the class with the excessive absences.

    Do unexcused absences affect course grades?

    Yes. The teacher is not required to give credit for missed work; however, the student may request the information missed during the absence so progress in the course can continue.