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 firstname.lastname@example.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:
School Action Taken
Require parent and student signatures on an Attendance Acknowledgement Form 204.1.Failure to sign this form DOES NOT exempt you from board policy and PA School Code.
204.1 Attendance Policy Acknowledgment Form
Ensure all absences notes are returned within 3 days of student absences.
Absence Note Form
3rd UnexcusedSchool issues a Warning Letter to parents/guardians. Phone call from school personnel.Attendance Improvement Conference may be offered.
204.2 AR-Warning Letter
4th UnexcusedSchool issues a 2nd Warning Letter to parents/guardians. Notice is sent certified with return-receipt requested.Attendance Improvement Conference must be offered.
204.3 AR- 2nd Warning Letter
All Subsequent Unexcused Absences
All unexcused absences following the 4th are subject to citation from the District Magistrate. An habitually truant child under the age of 15 (has accumulated 6 or more unexcused absences), will be referred to either a school-based or community-based attendance improvement program or to the county children and youth agency.
School issues a Doctor Requirement Warning Letter to parents/guardians.
204. AR- Doctor Requirement Warning Letter
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.)