Welcome to the Attendance Policies and Procedures Page
New Procedures for Student Absence Reporting
The Central Bucks School District will be changing the way in which absences are reported, beginning with the start of this upcoming school year on August 30, 2021. The following items are some key points of which to be aware:
- Parents and guardians will be able to submit absence requests via the Parent Portal. Parents can request a full day absence, early dismissal, or late arrival.
- Absence requests will be reviewed by School Attendance Staff and approved or denied.
- Requests made using the Parent Portal will also serve as the excuse for the absence. Parents will not be required to submit an excuse either electronic or written.
- Parents and guardians can also still call the school to report an absence, but emails will no longer be accepted.
In addition, when a student is absent from school, but the school did not receive communication from the parent or guardian, the following communication will be sent:
- A text message will be sent midmorning notifying the parent or guardian of the absence
- An email will also be sent at the end of the school day reminding the parent or guardian that the student was marked absent.
Information regarding how to use the Parent Portal to report an absence can be found here.
Attendance phone numbers: 267-893-2400 (automated), 267-893-2320
Please be aware that as of September 5th, 2017, new PA Legislation (Act 138) is going into effect. Act 138 stipulates that after three (3) days of unlawful absences (including unexcused absences) within one school year, parents will receive a letter from their child's school outlining the consequences of habitual truancy and inviting them to a School Attendance Improvement Conference (as required of schools per the legislation). Additional absences may result in a referral to a school-based attendance improvement program, referral to Bucks County Children and Youth Services, and/or a citation for violating compulsory attendance laws. Penalties for conviction include fines of up to $750.00 for each offense. In the event your child is absent, please be sure to contact the attendance office within three days of the absence. Students with unlawful absences are also subject to school-based disciplinary consequences. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.**
Central Bucks School District attendance policies conform to the Pennsylvania School Code sections 1326 to 1333 dealing with compulsory school attendance.
“Every child of compulsory school age having a legal residence in this Commonwealth… is required to attend a day school in which the subjects and activities prescribed by the standards of the State Board of Education are taught.”
To see your student's attendance record, go to the Parent Portal!Late Arrival /Early Release Application Form: click HERE
Seniors who have either first block or fourth block study hall may either arrive late or leave early on a daily basis with parent/guardian permission and school administration permission. In order to obtain this permission, the student must complete the form and turn it in to the Senior House Office. The student must recognize and agree that this is a privilege that can be suspended or revoked by a parent/guardian or school administration. In order to obtain and retain this permission at school, all obligations must be met and the student must be free of disciplinary infractions. Being on-time to classes is essential.
For more information, please view our guidelines page.
Absence/Tardy Excuse Note
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Thank you for visiting the East Attendance web page. It is our hope that this resource will help home and school work together to support good attendance and success in learning. You may call the Attendance Office if you have questions: 267-893-2320267-893-2320.