Excused Absences

Excused Absences

For an absence to be excused:

The Attendance Clerk must receive notification from the parent/guardian by the start of the school day. The reason for the absence must be stated via the telephone, to the attendance line, a written correspondence, or a fax with written signature. Failure to comply with these procedures may result in the absence being recorded as illegal. In these cases, the compulsory school attendance laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania shall be applied accordingly.

Please note that the mere fact that a parent has provided an explanation for an absence does not necessarily mean that the absence is an excused absence.

Excused absences may be granted for illness, quarantine, death in the immediate family, impassable roads, school-sanctioned educational trips, approved non-school sponsored travel, religious holidays, and exceptionally urgent reasons (approved by the building principal) which affect the child. Please refer to (District Policy # 204)

Such reasons as “missing the bus,” “car problems,” “personal,” “academic reasons,” or “oversleeping” are classified as illegal absences. Absences for other reasons may also be considered illegal.