The safety of our students is very important to us. As a part of our Emergency Calling System, our District now has the capability of sending phone calls, text messages, and emails out automatically. The Hempfield Area School District uses this system to automatically notify each parent when their child is absent from school. Each parent will be notified based on the type of notification to which they have subscribed. Please notify your appropriate school if you are not receiving this type of notification.
High School calls will be made at 9:05
Middle Schools calls will be made at 9:10
Elementary Schools calls at 9:45
FAILURE TO REPORT TO CLASS
Regular class attendance is paramount to the success of all students. Therefore, disciplinary action with no makeup work will be administered to any student who fails to attend a particular scheduled period on a day when he/she is present in school. It will be considered an unexcused/unlawful absence.
HOME AND SCHOOL VISITOR
Attendance policies are monitored by the Principal and the Home and School Visitor. Please contact the Home and School Visitor with questions regarding medical excuses, loss of credit, or other attendance issues.
Within three (3) days of returning to school, the student shall submit a written excuse on the district’s Parental/Guardian Excuse Form from his/her parent/guardian which includes:
1) The date(s) of absence
2) The reason for the absence
3) The parent’s/guardian’s signature
IF NO EXCUSE IS SUBMITTED WITHIN THREE (3) SCHOOL DAYS, THE ABSENCE(S) WILL BE CONSIDERED UNLAWFUL/UNEXCUSED.
The parent/guardian is required to submit a physician’s excuse for absences exceeding five (5) continuous days.
When a student is absent from school or class, he/she must makeup all assigned work. The student must contact his/her teacher within three (3) days of the absence to schedule the makeup. If contact is not made within three (3) days, all missed work will be considered as a 0 for grading purposes. Work missed shall be made up at the convenience of the teacher and within a reasonable time period.
PENALTY FOR UNLAWFUL ABSENCES
2. Second Notice — After the first offense letter is served, the next unlawful student absence during the school year becomes a second offense. The Home and School Visitor in cooperation with the Principal will file the case with the District Magistrate who may arrest the parent/guardian for a violation of the compulsory school attendance law. If found guilty, a fine may be imposed.
For Your Information Please- Note the Following
Public School Code of 1949
Pupils and Attendance
Section 1333 [24 PS 131333]
Penalties for Violation
of Compulsory Attendance Requirements
Act 29 of Special Session #1 of 1995 extensively revises provisions for truancy. The law raises the fine placed on parents for truancy to $300 and requires parents to pay court costs or be sentenced to complete a parenting education program. Under the act, both the truant child and the parents would have to appear at a hearing by the district justice. If the parents show that they took reasonable steps to ensure the attendance of the child, they will not be convicted of a summary offense. If the parents are not convicted
and the child continues to be truant, the child will be fined up to $300 and/or be assigned to an adjudication alternative program. Other provisions allow a district justice to suspend a sentence given to a parent or child if the child is no longer habitually truant. A district justice may order the parents to perform community service for up to
six months. The new law grants to state, municipal, port authority, transit authority, housing authority, or school police powers as attendance officers and home and school visitors. In addition, Act 29 removes from truant juveniles their vehicle operating privileges for 90 days for a first offense and six months for a second, while juveniles who are unlicensed are prohibited from applying for a learner’s permit for 90 days (first offense) and six months (second offense), commencing upon their 16th birthday. Finally, students and parents involved with home education programs are exempt from the
provisions of the act. Attendance involves a sequential continuity of instruction, classroom participation, learning experience, and study in order that students attain the planned educational objective. Student interaction with one another and participation in planned learning activities under the supervision of school personnel are vital to the learning process.
PROCEDURES/PENALTIES FOR EXCESSIVE ABSENCE AND TARDINESS
Medical excuses can be required prior to the 10 incidences of absences or tardies at the principal’s discretion.
Attendance Review Committee
Parents are alerted that excessive absence can result in loss of credit (secondary) or retention (elementary). Parents are notified by letter in the event of possible loss of credit and may request a meeting with the attendance review committee.