Absences/Attendance

The Pennsylvania School Code allows the following reasons for a child to be excused from school for all or part of the school day:

1. Illness
2. Family emergency
3. Court Appearance
4. Death in the family
5. Impassable roads

At the beginning of the school year each student will receive a supply of excuse cards. When a child is absent or late the excuse card must be completed by the parent and sent to the teacher the day the child returns to school. If additional excuse cards are needed please contact the teacher or the office.

Whenever possible please try to schedule medical and dental appointments after school hours. If it is necessary to take your child our of school for a medical appointment a note should be sent to his/her teacher that morning. Children should be picked up in the main lobby area. Be sure to inform your child of the time you will be picking him/her up for the appointment. If a child comes into school late an excuse card should be sent to school with the child.

Student travel will only be excused if the trip has prior approval by the Principal for absences less than five days of the Superintendent office two weeks prior to the date of absence to obtain an Educational Trip Form. The responsibility for the completion of any assignments rests with the individual student and the discretion and convenience of the subject teacher. The request for education travel will be reviewed by the child's teachers and then a decision will be made by the teachers, principal and/or superintendent.
 
Attendance

Punctual, Regular attendance is an important factor in school successes. However, if a child is ill, s/he should be kept home until they are fully recovered. A written excuse must be presented for each absence. All absences are to be reported to the school voice mail system prior to 9:00 a.m. The voice mail number is 610-240-1560.  You may also fax 610-240-1561 or email a written excuse.

Absence Reporting

Parents should contact the school to report a child's lateness or absence. You can report your child's absence or lateness the night before or early in the morning. Calls, faxes or emails must be made before 9:00 a.m.. After 9:00 a.m. calls should be made to school office. Absence and lateness for PM Kindergarten students should be called directly to the school office.

To report an absence or lateness the school phone number is 610-240-1560. From the menu press 1 for attendance reporting. State your child's name, classroom, and the reason for the absence/lateness. The absence reporting system has been set up for your child's safety. If a parent does not call to report an absence or lateness, the school office will call the parent.