PHS ABSENCE PROCEDURES
 
(See Student Handbook for Complete Attendance Policy)
 
When a student is to be absent from school, parents should call the school at 610-847-5131 ext. 2305 by 8:00 a.m. Messages can be left at any time at this extension.
 
PARENTS MUST SUBMIT A NOTE WITHIN THREE (3) SCHOOL DAYS OF THE STUDENT’S RETURN TO SCHOOL FOLLOWING AN ABSENCE IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED AN EXCUSED ABSENCE.
 
Excuse notes may be given to the student’s homeroom teacher, emailed to the attendance office at crillera@palisadessd.org, or faxed to 610-847-2562. Please include your student’s name, date of absence, and reason.
 
If excuses are not received, the day will be recorded as unexcused. If the student is age 16 or under, the absence is illegal and parents will be subject to the state’s Compulsory Attendance Law. If the student is 17 or older, unexcused absences will be penalized by privilege restriction, detention, suspension, and ultimately expulsion from school.
 
If a student will be absent for at least three or more days, the parents should contact the school nurse to inform him/her of the nature of the illness or injury. Parents should also contact Ext. 2216 for homework assignments during any extended illness.
 
Late Arrival students who are present, but do not report to homeroom or sign in, as required by their schedule, will be considered to be illegally absent from school.
 
Click HERE to print an EXCUSE FOR ABSENCE OR TARDINESS form.
        

School Responses to Excused/Unexcused Absences

An intensive and timely response to truancy is critical in those cases where a clear pattern of habitual truancy is evident.  Building administrators shall not wait until a child has missed an excessive number of days before initiating a response, however, administrators should exercise caution and reason when utilizing punitive measures and involving other systems. 

In the case of students with attendance issues, building administrator will follow the following guide- lines:

Absence #

School Action Taken

Corresponding Document

Beginning of

School Year

Require parent and student signatures on an Attendance Acknowledgement Form

Failure to sign this form DOES NOT exempt you from board policy and PA School Code.

204.1 Attendance Policy Acknowledgment Form

1-9

Ensure all absences notes are returned within 3 days of student absences.

Absence Note Form

Parent E-mail

 

3rd Unexcused

School issues a Warning Letter to parents/guardians.

Phone call from school personnel.

 

204.2 AR-Warning Letter

 

4th Unexcused

School issues a 2nd Warning Letter to parents/guardians.

Notice is sent certified with return-receipt requested.

204.3 AR- 2nd Warning Letter

All Subsequent Unexcused Absences

All unexcused absences following the fourth are subject to citation from the District Magistrate.

 

 

7th Excused/Unexcused

School issues a Doctor Requirement Warning Letter to parents/guardians.

204.  AR- Doctor Requirement Warning Letter

10th Excused/Unexcused

School issues a Doctor Requirement Notice to parents/guardians.

School coordinates a school/family conference to establish a Truancy Elimination Plan.

204.2 AR- Doctor Requirement Notice

4 or more CONSECUTIVE days absent

In order for these days to be excused, a doctor’s note will be required upon return to school.  Please note, the principal may give pre-approval for absence requests of 4 or more days (i.e., vacation requests, school-affiliated trips, college visits, etc.)

 

 


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