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Managing Student Attendance as a Family

Different ways to check your student in and out using a QR code or PIN, how to mark absences, and how to view attendance history

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Written by Adrian Ruiz
Updated over a week ago

Managing student attendance from the family portal on Playground is simple. There's a few ways families can check their student(s) in and out on Playground. Your program will determine which method of attendance they will use. This article covers how to use the QR code and PIN code methods to check student(s) in.

This article also covers how to mark your student(s) as absent and walks through how to view student attendance history.


QR Code check-in/out

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This is the typically the recommended way to check students in and out, and is incredibly quick.

  1. Open and log in to your account on the Playground mobile application

  2. Tap on the QR icon on the top-right of your screen

    1. This will open the camera on your mobile device. You need to give permission for the app to access the camera in order during use for the QR scanner to work.

  3. Scan the provider's QR code

    1. You'll be directed to the confirmation screen

  4. Tap on Sign for students

    1. If the name displayed on the Select students screen is not yours, tap on Not you? in blue to select the proper user(this is extremely rare).

  5. Sign for your student, if applicable

  6. Tap on Submit to submit the attendance

  7. You'll see a green confirmation message letting you know your signature was recorded successfully


PIN Code check-in/out on a Kiosk

If your provider has a kiosk set up on a device, these are the instructions to follow to check your student in and out.

  1. On the provider's Kiosk, tap on Enter PIN

  2. Enter your student's PIN code

    1. Your unique code can be found either in your app under Settings > View PIN code or through your school administrator

  3. Select yourself from the Select guardian section

    1. If you do not have a Playground account, one can be created for you on the spot by tapping on the blue plus(+) sign on the right-hand side of your screen

  4. Tap Sign for students

  5. Sign on the Kiosk

  6. Tap Submit

  7. You'll see a green confirmation message letting you know your signature was recorded successfully.

Find your PIN code

  1. On the Playground mobile app, tap the menu in the top left corner.

  2. Tap View PIN code. Your pin code will appear at the bottom of the screen.


Mark absence

As a guardian, you can mark your child as absent for the day or in the future if you have a trip planned.

  1. Start on the Home screen of the Parent App and then tap the blue field at the top of your screen that says View Student's profile.

  2. Tap Mark absence.

  3. Tap the Absence date section to edit the date that your student will be absent.

  4. Tap student(s) to mark absent; when the check mark is blue, that means that student is selected.

  5. Tap on Reason for absence… to provide a reason for the absence.

  6. Tap Done in the top right corner.


Viewing attendance history

You can view your child's attendance history from the Feed home screen on the mobile app. To filter out everything except attendance, follow the instructions below:

  1. On the home screen, tap Filters.

  2. Tap Post type to select which activity to surface on the feed.

  3. Tap Signatures.

  4. Tap Done.

  5. Now you'll only see sign outs and sign ins. You can tap on Tap here to view to get extra details like the time of signature and the actual signature.

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