Important Attendance Information
Dear Linden Parents,
The state of Pennsylvania recently revised its Compulsory Attendance Laws. I wanted to send this update to ensure we are all of a common understanding of the new State Attendance Policy. Please take a moment to read below.
The Compulsory Attendance Law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires that an absence excuse submitted by the parent or guardian be on file for every day of the student’s absence. Governor Wolf has signed new legislation to address attendance issues and provide interventions.
What is the new state attendance policy? Under the new law, truancy is defined as a student who has had 3 or more days of unexcused absence during the current school year. We are required to run attendance reports to ensure students are meeting this requirement. If students have 3 or more unexcused absences from school, the school will notify parents in writing and offer a School Attendance Improvement Conference where school staff, parents, and students can work together to create a collaborative plan to address and remedy attendance issues.
How do I notify the school that my child is absent? The most efficient way to excuse an absence is to email us directly at email@example.com. You can also give your child a written note. The school must have this documentation within 3 days of the absence, or the absence will be coded as unlawful.
If you have any questions, please contact me by phone, 267-893-4401 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org