School Policies - Attendance
Pennsylvania State Board of Education (PSBOE); Public School Code 1949, Section 13-1327:
A. An illegal or unexcused day of absence from school is any day of absence for reasons other than illness, health care, death in the immediate family, approved field trips, approved temporary absences, approved religious holiday, and any emergency approved by the principal. A student will not be permitted to make up work missed as a result of an unexcused absence.
(Reference: Board Policy 5008R4 Make-up Policy.)
B. All absences require a written acceptable excuse by the parents/guardians/physician regardless of student’s age or the absence is considered illegal or unexcused. The written excuse must be presented to the school when determined by the Attendance Director or the Principal’s designee, but no later than three school days after the return from absence.
C. Parents/guardians are to be kept informed on a regular basis of their child’s attendance record/patterns. This will be done by letter, telephone, report card and/or conference.
D. On the fifth day of absence, a letter of concern is to be sent to the parents/guardians regarding the reason(s) for the absence. Documented (by an excuse from a physician or hospital)extended medical absences will be counted as one absence for the purpose of this clause. If a reason does exist, the parents/guardians should return the letter to the school with a written explanation.
This letter of concern will include a section, which indicates that upon total absences of thirty-five (35) school days, excused or unexcused, the student may be considered for retention in his/her current grade the following year. (Legal Reference: School Laws of Pennsylvania 1327, 1329, 1338)
E. On the tenth day of absence, a letter will be sent from the school to parents/guardians requiring a medical excuse for each absence thereafter. Documented medical absences of three or more consecutive days will be counted as one absence for the