Regular attendance at school is an important part of every student’s success and is necessary in order to gain the greatest benefit from the educational experience. Students who are frequently absent from school miss direct instruction and regular contact with their teachers. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania law and School Board policy require regular daily attendance. When absences accumulate, it may ultimately result in academic difficulty.
Absences shall be treated as unlawful until the school receives an excuse explaining the absence via the SchoolMessenger SafeArrival System or via an electronic absence note. If parents/guardians do not report an absence using the SafeArrival System or miss the cutoff, they have 5 days after an absence to submit a written note. A maximum of 10 cumulative, lawful absences shall be permitted during the school year. Request for excusal of absences after 10 lawful absences shall require a written physician’s note.
An unlawful absence shall be defined as an event in which a student is absent without a timely report via the SafeArrival System or a valid, acceptable note. A student is considered habitually truant when he or she accumulates 6 or more unlawful absences.
Absences must be reported via the SchoolMessenger SafeArrival System. If you do not report the absence using the platform before the cutoff time, a written electronic absence note must be sent to the school (within 5 days of the absence) or the absence will become unlawful. A letter will be sent home if a child accumulates 3 or more unlawful absences documenting truancy. If a child accumulates 6 or more unlawful absences, the school will be required to file a referral for court or a CYS referral.
Please refer to Penn-Delco’s Attendance Policy 204 and go to the District Attendance section of the website for more information.