Attendance

Attendance Regulations

Policy 204 addresses attendance regulations.

Good school attendance is crucial for academic success. Students should be in school on time. Arriving even a few minutes late can be extremely disruptive for your child’s day. When a student is tardy to school, a note of explanation must be presented. With the exception of an emergency, parent(s)/guardian(s) are urged not to pick up their child prior to dismissal. Early dismissals disrupt the classroom and detract from the educational environment. Illness is an acceptable reason for being absent. For urgent reasons other than illness, absences are classified as excused or unlawful by the school administration. Upon returning to school after an absence, each student must present a written excuse giving the reason for the absence within three school days.

Excuses will be accepted by email at Schuylkill SESAttendance@pasd.com.

Each excuse must have the following information:

· Student’s name

· Date of absence

· Date returned to school

· Teacher’s name

· Reason for absence

· Signature of parent(s)/guardian(s)

If a child misses 3 or more consecutive days of school, a note from a doctor may be required for the absences to be excused. If a child misses 10 or more lawful days of school, a written note from a doctor is required for all absences thereafter. If three unlawful absences are recorded in a school year, a Final Notice of Unlawful Absence will be mailed to the parent/guardian. If additional unlawful absences are recorded following the receipt of that notice, a Student Attendance Improvement Conference will be scheduled with the parent/guardian. If absenteeism continues following a Student Attendance Improvement Conference, a citation may be filed with the District Justice for violation of Pennsylvania’s Compulsory Attendance law. This can result in a fine of up to $300.00 per day plus court costs. Additionally, a referral may be made to the County’s truancy prevention program for monitoring.

Parent(s)/guardian(s) are requested to call the school when their child is absent or late to school. This phone call is to ensure the safety of your child. However, a written note must be returned to school following your child’s absence. The School Code states that no person excluded from school showing symptoms of a communicable disease shall be readmitted until the school nurse is satisfied that the condition is not communicable. A student is not required to see the school nurse, if a doctor’s note is presented. In cases of excessive absence, the student may be asked to present an excuse from a doctor to cover each absence; otherwise, the absence is marked unlawful. Early excusal for religious instruction is granted if a request is submitted to the principal prior to the absence. 

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