ATTENDANCE POLICY AND
As we enter the heart of the second marking
period, it is always good to re familiarize with our school district attendance
policies and procedures. Please know that if your child is legitimately
sick (fever, contagious, etc.) we encourage you to keep them home to reduce the
spread of the flu. However, if your child is healthy and able to attend
school, their attendance is critical to their academic success.
Furthermore, compulsory attendance is the law in Pennsylvania for any students
under the age of 17. Here is some important information for consideration:
- If your child is not in
school by 11 AM and no call or email has been made by a parent/guardian to
legitimize their absence, an automated phone call will be made to the
contact number in our system indicating the absence.
- All absences are entered
the system as "unexcused" until documentation or communication
is made legitimizing the absence. In Pennsylvania, an unexcused
absence for anyone under the age of 17 is considered "illegal".
- To legitimize your
child's absence a parent/guardian can 1) call the school (244-4022, press 3) OR 2) email our
attendance office at firstname.lastname@example.org
and note the reason for the
- Attendance Letters
- Citation Warning
Letter - sent when a student accrues 3 illegal absences as a warning that
future illegals will result in a legal citation to be filed with the
- Citation Letter -
sent when a student accrues a 4th illegal absence. Each subsequent
illegal absence also warrants a citation.
- 8 Day Warning Letter
- sent home when a student accrues 8 total absences (excused and illegal)
to warn parent of attendance concerns and indicate the need for a
doctor's note if 12 absences are accrued
- 12 Day Letter:
sent when a student accrues 12 total absences (excused and illegal)
indicating that a doctor's note must be provided for each subsequent
absence (beyond 12) in order for the absence to be excused.
Administration reserves the right to review individual situations.
- Other Measures to Prevent
- Any student that
misses 2 consecutive days without parent/guardian contact will receive a
personal phone call from his/her guidance counselor.
- Upon accruing an
8th illegal absence, parents will be required to meet with school
officials to develop a Student Attendance Improvement Plan.
- Chronic truancy
may be referred to Children and Youth Services (Family Truancy