To report a student absence please call the attendance number below.
Attendance Phone Number: 610-359-4336
To speak with someone during the school day regarding attendance please call: 610-359-4320.
ABSENT FROM SCHOOL
There are three types of absences:
1. Absent: student brings a note from a parent or guardian within 48 hours regarding reason for absence. Only 5 parent notes will be accepted per year. After 5 parent notes, a doctor, court, or educational visit note will be required.
2. Excused: student brings a note from a doctor, court, or educational visit on official school form to designate a campus visit (must include signature, email and phone number of a school official). Students are permitted to take 3 official school visits with proper documentation.
3. Unexcused/Illegal: student does not have a note within 48 hours of absence. Each unexcused absence is considered a school cut.
Following the accumulation of three or more unexcused/illegal absences, the parents of the student will be mailed a legal notice. Any unexcused/illegal absences following this notice may result in prosecution. Unexcused/illegal absences are subject to no make-up privileges. Unexcused minutes of lateness will be totaled and are subject to truancy laws and disciplinary action.
Failure to comply with such a request will cause the absence to be recorded as unexcused/illegal. The school district does not recognize any day as a ?cut day.? Absences on such days are considered unexcused/illegal.
*** Unexcused absences are classified as illegal if the student is under the age of 17.***
Any student that accrues more than 4 unexcused/illegal absences per marking period will be excluded from all extracurricular activities for the remainder of the marking period.
Parents or guardians should call the Attendance Office at 610-359-4336 prior to 9:00am in the event that a student is absent. Time permitting; parents who do not call will be contacted during the course of the school day.
By law, we must have a written note on file. A proper excuse note must be submitted within 48 hours. The note should include the student’s name, grade, student number, reason for absence, and parent/guardian signature. This will ensure proper recording of the student’s attendance record. After 48 hours the absence will be considered unexcused/Illegal.
Family trips of an educational nature are permitted, provided that the appropriate guidelines are followed. Prior to the trip, the student must complete/submit to the principal an absence approval form at least three (3) days prior to the date of the intended trip. Forms can be obtained in the Attendance Office. Parents must verify in writing the cause for such an absence.
A doctor’s note will be required for admission to school at any time the school deems it necessary. Students who have been absent from school because of a communicable disease must present a doctor’s certificate before they may be readmitted to school.
LATENESS TO SCHOOL
Students reporting after 8:00 a.m. will be marked late. Students arriving late to homeroom/school, after 8:00, are required to bring a late note to the Main Office. The note should include the student’s name, homeroom, and reason the student is late. Doctor and dentist appointments or extreme family emergencies are the only legally accepted reasons for student lateness.
A student must be in school by 9:30 a.m. in order to participate in an athletic contest/practice that day. An exception will be made if the student has an approved medical appointment, in which case, the student must present to the building administrator a signed statement from the doctor regarding the absence.
If a student arrives late to school three times, for non-legal reasons such as overslept, missed bus, etc., he/she will be required to attend detention.
1. Excused tardy: arrive with a doctor, court note, or official school form to designate a campus visit (must include signature, email and phone number of a school official).
2. Tardy: this covers all other tardies.
Levels of discipline and consequences:
2 unpenalized tardies per marking period; excused tardies do not count towards consequences.
3rd tardy = 1 detention
4th tardy = Saturday school + loss of campus privileges for 1 week
Loss of campus privileges means students must leave school grounds at the conclusion of the school day, unless attending a help class or detention. Students in this situation are not permitted to attend or participate in any extracurricular activities during this time.
5th tardy = suspension 1 day + parent conference to set up plan for improved attendance
6th tardy = suspension 1 day + removal from extracurricular for the marking period.
Attendance in all classes is considered an important part of the educational process. Therefore, it is recommended that students not schedule appointments during the school day.
If a student must leave school prior to dismissal at 2:55, he/she is required to bring a note to the Main Office, prior to homeroom, stating the student’s name, time of dismissal, and reason for early dismissal. The secretary will give the student an early dismissal pass, which the student shows to the dismissing teacher, the student will then come to the main office for dismissal.
ANY PERSON WHO WILL BE PICKING THE STUDENT UP MUST REPORT TO THE MAIN OFFICE AND SIGN THE LOG BEFORE THE STUDENT WILL BE DISMISSED
Upon returning to school, students are to sign in at the Main Office. Students who leave school early must follow proper sign-out procedures (and sign-in procedures, if student returns) in order to avoid disciplinary action.
There are two types of early dismissals:
Excused: student brings a note from a doctor or court.
Early Dismissal: this would include any early dismissals where a doctor or court note is not provided; ie. Travel, non-district sports activities, etc.
Every effort should be made to provide written notification 24 hours in advance of an appointment; must include nature of appointment, parent signature and contact number, doctor’s name and contact number.
For all early dismissal notes, students must submit a doctor or court note upon return to school. Without such note, student may not be eligible to participate in any extracurricular activities at the conclusion of the school day.
Early dismissals follow same procedure as tardies in terms of consequences. Students are allowed 2 early dismissal notes per quarter. On the 3rd early dismissal, students begin to receive consequences in the same manner as being late to school.
This does not include excused early dismissals, which are documented by doctor or court notes.
3rd Early Dismissal = 1 detention
4th Early Dismissal = Saturday school + loss of privileges for 1 week
Loss of privileges means students must leave school grounds at the conclusion of the school day, unless attending a help class. Students in this situation are not permitted to attend or participate in any extracurricular activities during this time.
5th Early Dismissal= suspension 1 day + parent conference to set up plan for improved attendance
6th Early Dismissal= suspension 1 day + removal from extracurricular