To receive maximum benefit of the instructional program, children need to attend regularly. Occasionally, however, illness or other legitimate reasons necessitate that a child misses school:
- Parents must call school by 9 a.m. each day their child is absent. If we do not receive a call by 9 a.m., the building secretary will attempt to contact you to make certain that you are aware your child is absent from school.
- Upon returning to school, students will receive an excuse card that the parent of guardian must complete, sign, and return to school. Excuse cards can be written at home, signed by a parent or guardian, and a photograph of the note may be emailed to the attendance office.
- Absences for which excuse cards are not returned with 10 days will be recorded as unexcused absences.
- A child who reports after 10 a.m. or leaves before 2 p.m. will be considered absent for one half day.
Reasons for excused absences include illness, death in the family, family emergency, and educational trips. Absences for educational trips will only be excused with prior approval from the building principal upon receipt of the Trip Request form. The necessary Trip Request form is available in each school office and on the school website. A note to the teacher requesting that work be sent along with a child should be received at least one week prior to the trip.
The maximum number of days absent permitted under this policy is five (5) days per year. Upon accumulation of 15 days of absence, a doctor's note will be required for any/all subsequent absences.
Any student of compulsory attendance age as defined in the PA School Code, age 18 or below after three (3) illegal absences will receive a first offence notice and the absences will be defined as truancy. If the student continues to incur additional illegal absences after this notice has been issued, the school will offer a School Improvement Conference.
Once a student accrues six (6) or more days of illegal absences, the student will be deemed "habitually truant" and will be addressed as required by the PA School Code in the following manner.
The school must refer the student to either a school-based or community-based attendance improvement program or the county children and youth (CYS) for service or possible disposition as a dependent child under the Juvenile Act. Additionally, the school may file a citation against the parent of a habitually truant student under 18 in a magisterial district court.
Students who arrive between 8:55 a.m. and 10 a.m. will be considered tardy, as will students who leave after 2 p.m.
Excuse cards are needed for each absence, even if the absence is a partial day for a doctor or dentist appointment. Since the Pennsylvania Department of Education requires excuse cards for all excused absences, we are forced to mark absences without excuse cards as unexcused, regardless of the reason. Please complete an excuse card and return it as soon as your child returns to school. An excuse card can be written on any piece of paper, and may be submitted electronically as long as there is a photograph of an original signature. Parents are encouraged to write a note with an original signature, take a picture of the note, and email it to the attendance office. The only notes that will be accepted via email will be those that contain photos or scans with original signatures.