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Attendance and Absences

Under Act 29, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, all district parents, students, and community members should be aware that there are monetary fines levied on the parents of school-age children who have unlawful absences from school. Under the Compulsory School Attendance Laws, three (3) unexcused absences per year, per student, are permitted, but the district must file a citation with a district magistrate against the parents of any student for the fourth (4th) and all subsequent offenses, with penalties of up to $300 per unlawful absence. Once cited for unlawful absences, at the magistrate's discretion, the offending student may have his per her driver's license suspended.  If the student is under the age of 16, the magistrate may delay the student's ability to apply for a driver's license.

Absences from School

The school district cooperates with parents in implementing its School Absence Procedure. Parents are asked to contact the CYCA Coordinator when their child is absent.

  • Excused Absences: Sickness, quarantine, death in the immediate family, approved educational trips or exceptional reasons determined to be urgent by the school authorities in accordance with school law.
  • Unexcused Absences: Under Pennsylvania School Law, an unlawful absence refers to circumstances such as parental neglect, illegal employment or truancy of a student of compulsory attendance age
  • Educational Trips and/or Tours will not be approved for students in Grades 3 through 11 during PSSA Testing Windows.

Please Note:  Students absent for five (5) or more consecutive days should have a certificate from a physician. Students who miss more than ten (10) school days per year may be required to have a physician's certificate for each absence thereafter.