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Regular attendance at school is an important part of every student’s success and is necessary in order to gain the greatest benefit. Students who are frequently absent from school miss direct instruction and regular contact with their teachers.
Please contact your Family Coach to address any situations which may hinder your daily attendance.
- In order for an absence to be registered as excused, a parent or guardian must submit a written explanation or medical excuse to the “Attendance Office” by completing the attendance submission form through the Tyler SIS within three (3) days of the absence.
- Complete the attendance submission form. In the event you are unable to submit your student’s excuse using the Tyler SIS, you may fax an excuse to 484-588-0238.
- The faxed excuse should state the student’s Name, Date of Birth, Student ID, the date of the absence, as well as the reason for the absence.
- Students who are absent due to a power outage, home internet issue or illness:
- Must have the legal guardian notify the Attendance Office by completing the attendance submission form through the Tyler SIS.
- Do not contact Technical Support as they are unable to troubleshoot or correct your issue and will not be able to provide assistance or a ticket number.
- Students who are absent due to school-issued computer technical issues:
- Must contact Technical Support/Customer Care at 855-412-3712 and troubleshoot the issue to receive a technical ticket number.
- Excuses will not be accepted by phone.
- The parent or legal guardian has three (3) school days from the date of absence to submit the excuse to the Attendance Office.
- If the Attendance Office does not receive an excuse within three days of the absence, the absence will be recorded as an unexcused absence.
- A maximum of ten days excused absences verified by parental notification may be permitted per school year.
- All absences beyond ten cumulative excused days require a written excuse from a physician or ticket of technical difficulties from the Help Desk.
Compulsory Attendance Requirements
All absences are counted as unexcused until the Attendance Office receives written notice explaining the reason for the absence through your Tyler SIS account.
If a written excuse is not received within three days of this notification, the absence will permanently be added to the student’s file. Please know we cannot adjust attendance over the phone. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania law and school policy requires that every child of compulsory school age attend school daily.
2020-21 School Year Compulsory School Age Changes
Beginning with the 2020-21 school year, children are required to attend school from ages 6 to 18.
The Department of Education has enacted a change in the Compulsory School Age requirements effective at the start of the 2020-21 school year.
Act 16 of 2019 amends the Public School Code to redefine compulsory school age as “the period of a child’s life from the time the child’s parents elect to have the child enter school and which shall be no later than 6 years of age until the child reaches 18 years of age or if they have received a certificate of graduation whichever comes first.
- The change has lowered the age a student is required to comply with compulsory attendance requirements from age 8 to age 6 and raises the age a student must comply with those same requirements from age 17 to age 18.
- There are limited exceptions to compulsory attendance requirements for students under the age of 18. A student may not withdraw before the age of 18, even with a parent signature, unless the student meets one of the exceptions to compulsory attendance. Exceptions can be found here 24 P.S. §13-1330.
Truancy vs. Chronic Absence
- Counts only unexcused absences
- Emphasizes compliance with school rules
- Relies on legal and administrative solutions
- Counts all absences: excused, unexcused, and suspensions
- Emphasizes academic impact of missed days
- Uses community-based, positive strategies
Attend today, achieve tomorrow
Good school attendance means…
read well by the end of third grade
pass important courses
stay on track for graduation
earn their degrees
succeed in their jobs
Too many absences -excused or unexcused- can keep students from succeeding in school and in life. How many are too many? 10% of the school year -that’s 18 missed days or 2 days a month- can knock students off track.