Attendance Guidelines

  • The Central Bucks School District attendance policy (#204) conforms 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.”


    Reporting an Absence from School:

    • Parent/guardian must notify Tamanend Attendance of students excuse for absence using the Parent Portal (see below) or by calling (267)893-2920.

     Attendance should be submitted through the Parent Portal.

    Excused Absences and Medically Excused Absences:

    Excused Absence (E) is granted for the following reasons: illness, quarantine, death in the family, impassable roads, inclement weather, religious holidays, health care, exceptionally urgent reasons, and family trips.  We recommend that you provide the office with a medical note anytime your child is absent and sees a doctor.  Absences substantiated with a doctor's notes are considered "Medically Excused".  After the 10th absence excused by a parent/guardian, students must submit medical note for all subsequent absences.  If a medical note is not provided, the absences is considered Unexcused (U).

    Unexcused Absences:

    Unexcused Absence (U) may be declared for reasons such as employment, truancy, car trouble, parental neglect, oversleeping, missing the bus, shopping, babysitting, visiting relatives, hunting, fishing, working at home, vacation trips, unauthorized leaving from school, and remaining at home to do school work. In situations where absence is declared unexcused or unlawful, students may be assigned to make up time missed outside regular school hours.

    Consequences for Unexcused Absences:

    Attendance to school is crucial to academic success. As stated above, parents must provide notice of excused absences as allowable by the PA School Code. If a student does not provide an excusable notice within three days after their absence, the following consequences may be applied:

    1.   Detention

    2.   Saturday detention

    3.   Parents will receive attendance letters which state that continued unlawful absences my result in referral to the magistrate.

    4.   District Justice will notify parent of truancy hearing date and if found guilty, be subject to fines and penalties prescribed by the School Code of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania


    • If possible, all appointments should be scheduled outside the school day.
    • If an appointment must be scheduled during the school day, parent/guardian must either:
      • send a note in with the student stating the time of pick up and the reason for the early dismissal.
        • The student should submit the note to the main office before homeroom.
      • excuse the student for early dismissal using the Parent Portal.
    • At the time of dismissal a parent/guardian must sign their student out in the main office.
    • For the absence to be recorded as Medically Excused, a physician's note must be submitted to the front office upon return.

    Lateness to School:

    • Late students MUST sign in at the Main Office when they arrives to school.
    • A note must be provided by the parent/guardian stating the reason for the lateness, or parents must excuse the student using the Parent Portal.  Oversleeping, traffic, car trouble, and missing the bus are considered unexcused latenesses to school.
    • After three unexcused latenesses to school, students will begin to receive disciplinary consequences.

    Vacations/Family Trips, Field Trips, & other Planned Absences:

    1. Two weeks before a planned absence, student should pick up a "Request for Approved Absence" form in the Main Office.
    2. Parent/guardian should fill out the form. Request for Approved Absence for Family Travel

    Missed Work:

    • Students are responsible for making up all work missed as a result of excused absences. If students will be out for an extended amount of time (at least 3 full days), parent/guardian should call the student’s school counselor.
    • A student is allowed the same number of days to make-up work as the number of days she/he missed for excused absences and lateness. Students are obligated to discuss and arrange plans for make-up work within that time. Failure to do so may result in failing grades on missed assignments.

    Auto Caller:

    If a student is marked absent, the Tamanend Attendance Auto Caller will contact parents/guardians by phone for notification.

     Click Below to Read CBSD's Letter to the Community Regarding the Importance of Attendance

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