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Student Absence

You must utilize the attendance line to inform PHS anytime your student will be absent from school. Absences are designated as excused or unexcused (see the definitions on the right for a complete explanation).

Attendance Office Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Call the main PHS phone number 651-425-3700 and press the number 1 to reach the attendance line.

To report an absence or appointment for your student:

  • Press the number 1 for last names beginning with A-G
  • Press the number 2 for last names beginning with H-N
  • Press the number 3 for last names beginning with O-Z

For illness or an excused absence/tardy

PHS requires the information listed below when you call to notify us the reason for your student's absence/tardiness. Please contact us each day that your student is absent/tardy.

  1. Your student's full name - Please spell the last name if it's not common,
  2. Your student's grade,
  3. The reason for your student's absence/tardiness,
  4. Your name (ONLY a parent or guardian can excuse a student)
  5. Your phone number where we can reach you during the school day.

Obtaining a Permit To Leave (PTL) school early

You may send a note to school with your student or call to request that PHS issue a Permit To Leave for your student to leave school grounds during the school day. See the Student Handbook for acceptable reasons. Please provide the following information.

  1. Your student's full name; please spell the last name if it's not common,
  2. Your student's grade,
  3. The reason for your student's absence/tardiness,
  4. Your name (ONLY a parent or guardian can excuse a student),
  5. Your phone number where we can reach you during the school day.

NOTE: Park High School has an open lunch lunch policy for seniors that allows them to leave the building/campus during their lunch period. Any senior who does not return on time from lunch will be marked tardy or unexcused and may lose this privilege. All underclassmen must remain in the building during lunch.

Before leaving school, your student must:

  1. Your student will need to pick up their Permit To Leave from the attendance office between classes or at lunch. Please give the attendance office enough time before the time of the appointment to process the pass.
  2. Your student must sign-out at the Security/Greeter Desk before leaving the building. Parents can wait for their students inside the main entrance if they sent a note or called to request a Permit To Leave.
  3. If you are picking your student up and they have their Permit To Leave, you may wait outside the main entrance of the school. Students are able to drive themselves only if they have a parking permit.

Returning to Class after an Absence

Upon their return to school, students should return directly to class after signing in and getting their pass updated in the Attendance Office or Health Office. It is up to the student to get any unverified absence cleared up within 3 days or it will remain unexcused. This may affect your truancy status with Washington County.

Make-up Time for Excused Absences

Students who return from excused absences shall be given 2 school days per day absent to make up missed work.

Pre-Arranged Absences

Notice of family trips/vacations or other parent/guardian directed activities that has been given to the secondary school attendance office by the parent and approved by an administrator two weeks prior to the student's absence.

Consequences for Unexcused Absences

When a student's absence from class is unexcused, detention will be assigned by the Attendance Office or Administration. Students must serve one detention for each class period where an unexcused absence occurs.

Students have up to 5 school days to complete their detention(s). Failure to complete assigned detentions within 5 school days may result in further discipline.

We encourage parents/guardians to frequently check their student's attendance using the "parent portal" of Infinite Campus.


If a student is absent without a lawful excuse on three or more days of any part of the school day, they are considered a continuing truant. When a student has three unexcused absences, Park High School will notify the student's parent or legal guardian by first class mail or other reasonable means that the child is truant; that the parent or guardian is obligated to compel the attendance of the child at school pursuant to Minnesota Statute and, if the parent or guardian fails to meet this obligation, that they may be subject to prosecution under Minnesota Statute 120A.34.

A habitual truant is a child who is absent without lawful excuse for one or more class periods on seven school days. At this point, the school will notify the Washington County Attorney's Office and the student and parent will be required to meet with school administration to create an Attendance Contract. If the student continues to be truant, the student may be petitioned to court, as well as face additional school penalties.

Tardy Policy

In order to maximize instructional time, students are expected to arrive to all classes before the bell rings. All teachers will inform their students of the tardy policy and enforce it.

Tardy rules include:

  • Missing 10 minutes or more of the instruction period, without a valid written excuse or teacher permission, will result in an unexcused absence.
  • Students who are tardy 1-3 times in a trimester will be given consequences decided by the classroom teacher.
  • Students who are tardy 4 or more times in a trimester will be referred to administration.

Parents/guardians will be contacted about their student's repeated tardiness. No academic consequences for tardiness are allowed. Students who drive and park at Park High School will face consequences per the Parking Policy.

State Statutes and District Absence/Tardy Policy

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