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 a written excuse explaining the absence.
- Parents and guardians have 5 days after an absence to submit a written note (use the SchoolMessenger SafeArrival platform to report absences) .
- 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 valid, acceptable note.
- A student is considered habitually truant when he or she accumulates 6 or more unlawful absences.
- Parents should report absence using the SafeArrival System. If you miss the cutoff, you must report with the electronic absence note (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 Student Attendance Improvement Plan (SAIP).
- Continuous absences will include a citation/referral for truancy court.
More details on attendance
PSSA Assessment Dates and Attendance