Daily attendance is essential to maintaining good scholastic standing. Students are required, by law, to be in attendance at school.
In the event that a student is absent from school, parents/guardians must call the 24 hour attendance line at 610-359-4336 prior to 8:00 a.m. or send an email to email@example.com. An absent student must be called out for each day of absence from school. This communication helps to ensure the safety of the students.
ABSENT/LATENESS/EARLY DISMISSAL NOTES
Students, regardless of age, must turn in an absence/lateness/early dismissal note for each absence signed by a parent/guardian. All absences require that a written excuse be submitted to the school within three (3) days of the student’s return to school. Absence/lateness/early dismissal notes may be submitted by a written paper copy given to the main office or electronically as an email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following guidelines:
A written absent/lateness/early dismissal note must contain the following information:
- Name of the student, homeroom number
- Student grade level
- The date(s) of the absence/lateness/early dismissal
- the reason for the absence/lateness/early dismissal
- Parent/Guardian signature
Directions for submitting electronic absence notes:
- Writes the absence/lateness/early dismissal note on a piece of paper.
- Notes must contain the date of absence/lateness/early dismissal, student’s name, grade level, and reason for absence/lateness/early dismissal
- Sends the email to email@example.com
- Emailed notes must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Do not email attendance notes to teachers or staff
NEW 2019-2020: Each morning, around 10:00am, an automated phone call will go out to the parents of all students who have been marked absent and for whom written notification has not been received.
An excused absence must comply with the aforementioned guidelines. If a written excuse is submitted to the main office or electronically to email@example.com within the allotted three (3) days of the student’s return to school, the absence is recorded as excused. Only 10 days will be excused with parent note per year. After 10 days, a doctor, court, or educational visit note is required.
A written excuse documenting an absence is required under the state’s compulsory attendance laws. If a written excuse is not submitted to the main office or electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org within the allotted three (3) days of the student’s return to school, the absence is recorded as unexcused and is deemed by the state to be an illegal absence.
In the event of an absence of three (3) or more consecutive days, the child must return to school accompanied with a note from a licensed health care provider within three (3) calendar days. A doctor’s note will be required for admission to school at any time the school deems it necessary. A student who has been absent from school due to a communicable disease must present a doctor’s certificate before he/she may be readmitted to school.
An unexcused/unlawful absence is any absence that is not excused. In cases where a student has accumulated ten (10) or more days of absence, parents/guardians will be notified that future absences will require a note signed by a health care professional treating the student.
OFFICIAL NOTICE OF CHILD’S UNLAWFUL ABSENCE
When a student accumulates a third (3rd) unlawful absence, the state law requires that the school district send a document entitled “Official Notice of Child’s Unlawful Absence” that informs parents/guardians that future unlawful absences will result in a petition to the local District Justice. Included in the Official Notice will be an invitation to participate in a School Attendance Improvement Conference. During this conference, a School Attendance Improvement Plan will be created for the student.
LATENESS TO SCHOOL
The school day officially begins at 8:00 a.m. Therefore, any student who reports to school after 8:00 a.m. will be marked late/tardy.
In the event that a student is absent from school, parents/guardians must call the 24 hour attendance line at 610-359-4336 prior to 8:00 a.m. or send an email to email@example.com. A late student must be communicated to the main office for each lateness to school. This communication helps to ensure the safety of the students.
Students arriving late to school or homeroom after 8:00 a.m. are required to bring a lateness note to the main office or electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. The procedure and guidelines for submitting late/tardy notes is provided under the absence/lateness/early dismissal notes section.
LATENESS AND EXTRACURRICULAR PARTICIPATION
Students participating in extracurricular activities must be present in school in order to participate in after school activities. Specifically, a student athlete/performer must be present in school by 9:30 a.m. in order to participate in a practice/ game/event that day. The building administrator may make an exception if the student has an approved medical appointment, in which case, the student must present to the building administrator a signed statement from the doctor regarding the absence.
Doctor and dentist appointments or extreme family emergencies are the only legally accepted reasons for student lateness. An excused tardy must comply with the aforementioned guidelines with a doctor note, court note, or official school form to designate a campus visit. If a written tardy excuse is submitted to the main office or electronically to email@example.com within the allotted three (3) days of the student’s lateness to school, the tardy is recorded as excused.
An unexcused tardy includes all other reasons for tardiness.
Attendance in all classes is considered an important part of the educational process. Therefore, it is recommended that students are not scheduled for appointments during the school day. If a student must leave school prior to dismissal at 2:55 p.m., he/she is required to bring an early dismissal note to the main office or electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to homeroom at 8:00 a.m. The student dismissing early will be given an early dismissal pass. The student will need to present this pass to the dismissing teacher, who will dismiss the student to the main office for his/her early dismissal.
EARLY DISMISSAL NOTES
Students leaving school early should make every effort to provide written notification 24 hours in advance for an early dismissal. The procedure and guidelines for submitting late/tardy notes is provided under the absence/ lateness/early dismissal notes section.
CATEGORIES OF EARLY DISMISSAL
EXCUSED EARLY DISMISSAL
Doctor and dentist appointments or extreme family emergencies are the only legally accepted reasons for student early dismissal. An excused early dismissal must comply with the aforementioned guidelines with a doctor note, court note, or official school form to designate a campus visit. If a written early dismissal excuse is submitted to the main office or electronically to email@example.com within the allotted three (3) days of the student’s early dismissal from school, the early dismissal is recorded as excused.
UNEXCUSED EARLY DISMISSAL
An unexcused early dismissal includes all other reasons for early dismissals. These reasons would include any early dismissals where a doctor or court note is not provided, such as travel, non-district sports activities, etc.
SIGNING STUDENTS OUT OF SCHOOL
Any person who will be signing a student out early from school must report to the main office and sign an early dismissal log before the student will be dismissed.
DISCIPLINE FOR LATENESS/EARLY DISMISSAL
LEVELS OF DISCIPLINE/CONSEQUENCES
Each student is permitted two (2) unexcused tardies and two (2) early dismissals per marking period. Excused tardies/early dismissals are not applied toward discipline/consequences. If a student arrives late to school or leaves early from school three (3) times, for non-legal reasons such as overslept, missed bus, travel, dismissal for non-district sports activities, etc., then he/she will begin to be assigned discipline/consequences.
LEVELS OF DISCIPLINE/CONSEQUENCES FOR
UNEXCUSED TARDIES/EARLY DISMISSALS
- 1st and 2nd tardy/early dismissal per marking period = none
- 3rd tardy/early dismissal = One (1) detention
- 4th tardy/early dismissal = One (1) Saturday School and loss of campus privileges for one (1) week
- 5th tardy/early dismissal = suspension for one (1) day and a parent conference will be held to create a plan for improved attendance
- 6th tardy/early dismissal = suspension for one (1) day and removal from extracurricular activities for the marking period
If a student loses campus privileges, he/she must leave school grounds at the conclusion of the school day, unless attending a help class or detention. Students in this situation are not permitted to attend or participate in any extracurricular activities during this time.
PARENTAL REQUEST FOR STUDENT EXCUSED ABSENCE
PRE-PLANNED EDUCATIONAL TOUR OR TRIP
The Marple Newtown School District strongly discourages student absence from school except when illness or other urgent reasons prevent the child from attending. School district officials are aware that it is not always possible to schedule family trips and vacations while school is not in session. In keeping with our guiding philosophy, but also recognizing the importance of the family unit, the school district will approve educational tours or trips up to a maximum of five (5) school days per student per year. A “Parental Request for Student Excused Absence” form has been designed for pre-planned educational tours or trips. This form can be found on the district website or in the main office. The form must be completed and submitted to the student’s building principal at least one week prior to the date of the intended trip. Trips taken during state testing will not be excused.