Requirements, Reminders, and Procedures
ATTENDANCE IS IMPORTANT - EVERY DAY ALL DAY
The Importance of Regular Attedance
Regular attendance in school is important to your student's success in the classroom. School Code requires that all students attend school regularly, making attendance compulsory to the age of 18. Below, please find information pertaining to attendance requirements, what to do if your child is absent from school, the steps taken should your child be unexcused from school, and other important attendance information.
MY CHILD IS ABSENT, NOW WHAT?
Reporting Your Child's Absence
Leaving Early / Arriving Late
If a child is leaving school early or arriving late for an appointment, a parent note or doctor's note should be provided to the attendance office on that school day. If a child is leaving early, a note should be provided at the start of the school day so the attendance office can provide the student with a pass and/or notify teachers of the early dismissal.
Absent From School
If a child is absent from school, it is important that a written note is provided to the attendance office/main office as quickly as possible. The parent/child has 3 days to provide a written excuse pertaining to that absence. After 3 days, the absence will automatically become unexcused. Absence notes can be provided by a parent in 3 forms:
- A handwritten note with a parent signature handed in to the attendance office/main office within 3 days.
- A doctor's note from a doctor's office handed in to the attendance office/main office within 3 days.
- An email written to the attendance office email address that is emailed from a parent email address on file with Powerschool within 3 days. (Notes that are emailed from an email address not in Powerschool can not be accepted).
Absent Note Requirements
Absent notes shall include:
- The date(s) the child was absent
- The reason for the absence
Electronic Absent Note Submission:
High School: email@example.com
Middle School: firstname.lastname@example.org
Elementary School: email@example.com
- When submitting an electronic excuse, the note must come from an email address on file with Powerschool.
- If a family has multiple children absent on the same day, please be sure to email notes to the correct building for each individual child.
- Please include any medical notes with your electronic absence submission should the absence be medically related or for an appointment.
UNEXCUSED ABSENCES - WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO LIMIT UNEXCUSED ABSENCES FROM SCHOOL
Procedure for Unexcused Absences
As students accumulate unexcused absences from school, the following procedures will take place as required by law and/or school policy.
- 1st Unexcused Absence: Letter sent home with notification of unexcused absence
- 2nd Unexcused Absence: Letter sent home with notification of unexcused absence
- 3rd Unexcused Absence: Letter sent home with notification of unexcused absence & request for required parent meeting to discuss a Student Attendance Improvement Plan (SAIP)
- 4th-5th Unexcused Absence: Certified Letter sent home with notification of unexcused absence
- 6th-10th Unexcused Absence: Certified Letter sent home with notification of unexcused absence and possible citation and referral to the District Magistrate. This procedure may result in a fine for the parent or student for lack of attendance.
ADDITIONAL ATTENDANCE NOTES
All vacations taken during the school year do require approval through submission of the school district's vacation form. Vacation forms may be obtained by contacting your child's school building. Please note that vacations do count as lawful days of absence from school.
Athletics & Extra Curricular Activites
A reminder that students absent from school, or late beyond 9:30am in the Middle School and High School, are not eligible to participate in after school activities that day unless prior approval by an administrator has been obtained or a doctor's note is provided prior to the activity.
Athlete who are absent for 20 days or more in a semester, by rule, are ineligible to participate in Athletics by the PIAA.