Excuse cards may be obtained from the homeroom teacher or office. Cards will not be sent home by the school after each absence.
A completed excuse card signed by the student's parent or legal guardian MUST be presented to the homeroom teacher upon returning to school. Students are not permitted to sign excuse cards.
The mere fact that a parent or guardian has sent a written excuse to school does not necessarily mean the absence is excused. An absence becomes excused only when approved by a designated school official.
The following are considered legal absences:
- death in the family
- impassable roads
- exceptionally urgent reasons
The following are considered not legal absences:
- unapproved trips (hunting, fishing, shopping)
- absence without parent's knowledge
Failure to return an excuse card after five school days will ultimately result in the absence being recorded as unlawful.
Phone call home system will be activated each day to notify parents that their child is not in school. Parents may call into the school instead, but should not consider this call acceptable in lieu of a written excuse to be turned in to the school.
Three unlawful absences result in a first offense notice. Additional unlawful absences result in referral to the District Justice for prosecution as required by the PA school code. Act 29 of 1995 stipulates fines of up to $300 and potential delay in applying for a drivers license up to one year.