Absences

If your child will be absent from school:

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  • Please contact Janet Tuckett, Student Information Manager by clicking the button on right to fill out an  Absence-Tardiness-Early Release Form (follow up note will not be required) -or- by phone to the “Absence Line”, 610-983-4080, x236 (follow up note will be required). Please provide your name, the name and grade of the student, the reason the student will not be in school and a contact telephone number where you can be reached.
  • If you are requesting work be compiled to be picked up by a family member or friend, please call your child’s homebase teacher by 7:30 AM. Any calls requesting work made after 7:30 AM may not be ready at the end of the day. You are also welcome to email individual teachers requesting assignments or updates.

When your child returns to school after being absent:

  • Upon your child’s return to school, he/she must, by law, bring a written excuse note from home, even if you have contacted the Absence Line.  If you filled out the Absence/Lateness/Early Dismissal Form, you have met your note requirement (unless the absence lasted three (3) days or more.
  • A physician’s note MUST accompany all absences lasting three (3) days or more.

Excused Absences

Following is a list of excused reasons for absence. Any absence resulting from a situation other than those listed below will be considered unexcused.
  • Observance of a religious holiday
  • Religious instruction with a maximum of 36 hours per year
  • Trips to exhibitions or places for educational purposes, maximum five (5) days per year and must receive administrative pre-approval. (Exempt Absence) - REQUEST FOR EDUCATIONAL TRAVEL FORM
  • Planned vacations up to a maximum of five (5) school days, with prior notification in writing and administrative pre-approval.
  • Medical / health related appointments which cannot be scheduled after school hours
  • Illness or recovery from an accident
  • Quarantine
  • Death in the family
  • Court appearance
  • Unavoidable family emergencies
  • Inclement weather resulting in impassable roads
  • School District of residence closed to due weather or other delays due to district transportation (Exempt Absence)
No excuse will be accepted after a period of three (3) school days. If documentation is not supplied within three (3) school days of the absence, the absence will be considered unexcused.

Unexcused Absences

When the school does not receive an absence note within three (3) school days after the return to school, the absence becomes UNEXCUSED. Unexcused absences exceeding three (3) school days total may result in corrective measures.

A student with three (3) or more unexcused absences may be issued a citation with District Court by the student’s sending school district.

After School Activities Following Absences:

Students not in attendance for the school day may not participate in after school activities for the day (athletic games, dances or proms, clubs, concerts, practices, etc.) Students who miss the day before a non-school day event must have prior administrative permission to attend. Administration has the right to review circumstances of any absence and determine if participation after school or during the weekend following an absence is warranted.