Regular attendance at school is essential in order to maintain good scholastic standing.  If absence from school is necessary, the parent or guardian should call the Attendance office (252-3400 ext. 70501) by 8:30 a.m. on the morning of the absence.  Upon returning to school from an absence, a student should bring to school a doctor’s statement or written excuse card signed by a parent or legal guardian.  Excuse cards must be returned within three (3) school days.  Excuse cards will be given to the student on the first day of school and will be available in the main office or from any teacher if needed.

Exclusion from School for Specified Diseases

As a guide for parents, the following has been taken from the Rules and Regulations for Control of Communicable Diseases, Department of Health, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  (Revised by Pennsylvania Department of Health, January 25, 2002) Section 27.72 Schools:  Exclusion from school of pupils showing symptoms of a communicable disease – Every teacher, principal, superintendent, or other persons in charge of any public, private or parochial, Sunday or other school or college immediately shall exclude any person showing an unusual skin eruption, soreness of the throat, or having symptoms of whooping cough or diseases of the eyes.

Diseases Earliest Return to School

Please notify the school nurse by phone or in writing within 3 school days if your child has been absent due to any of the previously listed diseases.  By doing this, you are helping protect and promote the health of the school community from the spread of communicable diseases.  The information you submit is also used to provide accurate data for the reporting of communicable diseases to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which uses it for specific studies and research projects.

Please note:  To ensure confidentiality, please mail a note in a sealed envelope addressed to the school nurse at your child’s school.

Parents are responsible for notifying the school nurse of any changes in their child’s health or medical condition.

Illegal Absences

All absences are classified as legal or illegal (unexcused).  After three days of illegal absences in any school year, a notice will be sent to the parent/guardian.  Any illegal absences after this notice have been issued will be cause for prosecution according to the Pennsylvania School Code.  When a pupil is absent from school for three or more consecutive days, a doctor’s statement (covering all days absent) giving the reason for the absence must be submitted to the main office.  When a pupil is absent for a total of ten or more days of school, a doctor’s statement must be submitted for any additional absences or tardies.  Failure to comply will result in the absence being classified as illegal.

Compulsory Attendance Law Enforcement

Educational Trips

The school district recognizes that students may have the opportunity to be away from school for pre-planned educational experiences.  Permission for an educational trip must be requested in writing to the district Attendance Officer two (2) weeks prior to a trip.  The parent will be notified in writing as to the approval or disapproval of the request.  Students are limited to a total of five (5) excused educational trip days in a school calendar year.  It is the discretion of the administration as to what constitutes a trip as educational.  If more than five (5) days are requested for a trip, the subsequent days will be marked as unexcused unless written permission is granted through the Superintendent. If the student is absent from school and an educational trip form has not been submitted and written approval received from the district Attendance Officer, the days absent will be considered unexcused.  No educational trips will be approved during the window of PSSA testing or during the first and last weeks of school.

Early Dismissals

Early dismissal from school will require a signed note from the parent or guardian explaining the reason for the dismissal, a phone number where the parent can be reached and the phone number of the doctor or dentist.  If someone other than the parent or guardian is picking up the student, that person’s name should be included on the note.  Upon return to school, a signed doctor’s note must be given to the main office if the early dismissal was for a doctor or dental appointment.  


Tardy (Late to School)

If tardy to school (after 7:30 a.m.), a student must report to the main office for an admission slip before going to class.  A written note from the student’s parent/guardian must be presented when signing into school.  School personnel will determine if the tardiness is excused or unexcused.  Entering school without a note will result in unexcused tardiness.  If the tardiness is due to a doctor or dental appointment, proof of the appointment must be presented upon entering the school or the tardiness will be marked unexcused.  Being tardy between one minute and 60 minutes will count as one hour, and seven hours of accumulated unexcused late arrivals to school shall constitute one day of an unexcused absence.  Between one and three hours of unexcused tardiness will constitute a half-day of unexcused absence.  Hours of unexcused tardiness will accumulate throughout the school year.  Accumulated tardies to school or to classes will result in disciplinary action ranging from school detention to Saturday School Detention. Also, accumulated tardies to school may result in prosecution according to the Pennsylvania School Code.

A student must be in school on the day of an activity in order to participate in or attend an afternoon or evening activity.

Missed Work Due to Absence

Students who are absent from school are responsible for the completion of missed work.  It is the student’s responsibility to arrange to make up missing work.  In general, all missed work should be completed within one week of returning to school.  Teachers have the responsibility of setting the time limit for completing missed work.  If the student is absent for two or more days, the parent may contact the Counseling office to arrange for homework for the period of absence.  If the counseling department is contacted by 9:00 a.m. on the second day of the absence, the work may be picked up after 3:00 p.m. in the main office.