In Pennsylvania, school attendance procedures are mandated
through state law and school district policy. When a student misses school,
they must bring a written note from a parent/guardian or medical professional within
3 days of their return to school. A note is needed even if a call was made to
the school to report an absence and should include the student’s name, the
dates of the absences and reason for the absences. Acceptable excuses for
absences are listed in the student handbook.
If a written excuse is not turned in or the reason for the
absence is not among the listed acceptable excuses, then the absence will be
recorded as unexcused. By law, the school district must send a written notice
home once a student accumulates 3 unexcused absences. If a student accumulates
6 unexcused absences, then they are considered, by law, to be habitually
truant. A “Student Attendance Improvement Plan” must then be put into place
that clearly outlines consequences for further absences.
Once a student accumulates 10 absences, medical excuses
should be sent for any further absences. If a student will be missing school
for a planned trip, an approved absence form should be completed and turned in
to the main office BEFORE they leave. Please contact Mrs. Kaitlin Remensky,
Asst. Principal at [email protected]
or 412-366-6360 x1650 with any attendance questions.