(Ref. Policy #204)
Attendance in school is a good example of the connections of time and learning. Just as homework exemplifies learning, regular attendance exposes students to a greater amount of academic content and instruction. Research shows that poor school attendance usually reflects poor job attendance in the future. Studies have shown that too many missed days of school result in too many missed opportunities to learn, and can result in failure, dropping out, or both.
The district will adhere to the truancy protocol established through the court system in Clarion County. Following are updated procedures according to the protocol.
If You Are Absent or Late
A student has 3 days to bring in an excuse card signed by their parent/guardian. Yellow excuse cards are provided by the school homeroom teacher, office, or may be printed from the school’s web site. Each excuse is evaluated and a decision is made as to whether it is excused or unexcused. Excused reasons include: personal illness, medical appointments, family emergencies, impassable roads, or death in the immediate family.
What Constitutes ½ Day?
- Arriving after 11:00 a.m.
- Leaving before 2:00 p.m.
- Absent during school day for more than 2 hours
If Your Absence Indicated A Pattern/Excessive Absences:
- Over 8 days – a warning letter will be sent home.
- After 10 days – you will be required to submit a doctor’s excuse for each absence. Each day of absence without a doctor’s excuse is determined to be unexcused.
What Happens If You Get an Unexcused Absence?
Each student is allowed 3 unexcused/personal days per year. These are for reasons not judged to be excused. These 3 days of absence will have no effect on grade or homework.
What Happens If You Get More Than 3 days of Unexcused/Illegal Absence?
The student will receive a “zero” for any work missed on the day of absence and the District will exercise the following actions:
- On the first day of the unexcused/illegal absence, a warning letter will be mailed to your parents/guardian.
- On the second day of the unexcused/illegal absence, a warning letter will be mailed to your parents/guardian.
- On the third day of the unexcused/illegal absence, a warning letter will be mailed to your parents/guardian advising them that the next unexcused (illegal) absence will result in notice to the magistrate.
- On the fourth day of the unexcused/illegal absence, a letter will be mailed to your parents/guardian advising them that magistrate will be notified of the unexcused/illegal absence.
- Notice which will result in an appearance before the magistrate with the accompanying fine.
- Referral will be made to Children and Youth.