Attendance Guidelines

WRITTEN EXCUSES: When a student is absent from school for any reason, the parent is required to prepare a written statement explaining the reason for the absence. This statement is to be submitted to school officials upon the student’s return to school. It is the responsibility of the parent to see that this written excuse is received by the school. (Even if a parent calls the school to report the absence of a student, a written excuse is still required.)

If an excuse has not been received by the school within three (3) days following the student’s return to school, the absence will be considered unexcused.

Parents who wish to confirm receipt of written excuses by officials may call the school secretary following the student’s return to school. Parents will be informed at this time whether or not the written excuse requirement has been fulfilled.

PENALTY OF UNEXCUSED ABSENCES: When a student accumulates a total of three (3) days of unexcused absence, a FIRST NOTICE (letter) is delivered to the parents by mail and/or school meetings.  This is a state requirement in compliance with the Compulsory Attendance Laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Any additional day(s) of unlawful absence following the receipt of this letter may result in a fine(s).

ASSISTANCE FROM SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCY: If a student continues to be unlawfully absent in disregard of the Compulsory Attendance Law and efforts of school personnel to assist the parents and/or student to improve attendance, a referral may be made to Cumberland County Children and Youth Services. This agency will work with students, parents, and school personnel in an effort to alleviate ongoing attendance concerns and to assure every student the best possible education.


It is important that attendance regulations be adhered to carefully. If you have any questions regarding the school attendance regulations, please do not hesitate to contact school personnel who are working with your child or children – principal, assistant principal, counselor, teacher, or home and school visitor.