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Fallsington Elementary - Attendance Policy and Procedures

Regular school attendance is an important element for success in school. When a student is frequently absent, tardy or dismissed early from school, students lose valuable instructional time. Because regular attendance is necessary for students to succeed in school, the Pennsbury School District encourages all parents and guardians to stress the importance of punctuality and regular attendance with their children. Our Student Conduct of Conduct sets forth the attendance policy for the District. Effective with the 2020- 2021 school year, a child must comply with compulsory attendance requirements from age 6 to age 18. As we begin the 2021 - 2022 school year, we want to review with you our policies regarding attendance and explain some improvements we have made to our attendance reporting practices.


Providing an Absence Excuse

  •  If your child is absent from school you do not need to call the school. We no longer have an "attendance" option on 

    the automated voice message. 

  • The preferred communication method is to email the attendance email address at [email protected] . You can compose an email as your excuse note or use the excuse form template excuse form template
  •  For your convenience, the link to an excuse form will also be included in the attendance email. The attendance email is automatically generated and sent to the parent or guardian if your child is marked absent. An attendance phone call is also automatically sent to the parent or guardian if your child is marked absent. You should be receiving the email and phone call each time your child is absent even if you have notified the school in advance. If you are not receiving the automated messages please contact the school.


Excused Absences

Any child who is absent from school must present a written excuse signed by the parent or guardian immediately upon his/her return. The note must clearly indicate the reason for absence and must be presented within three (3) school days from the child’s return to school. Please note that a phone call does not excuse your child’s absence.  An email will be accepted as long as it is submitted within three days of the absence.  


Acceptable Excuses for Absence

  • Illness, quarantine or obtaining professional health care or therapy from a licensed practitioner       

  • Family emergency

  • Required court appearance

  • Death in family

  • Observance of a religious holiday observed by bona fide religious group, upon prior written parental request

  • Educational trips (see more details below)

Educational Trips

Requests for permission to have children absent from school for educational trips must be made ten (10) days prior to the trip. The number of approved days absent cannot exceed five (5) days in a given school year. Days beyond this limit will be considered unlawful and/or unexcused. The student will be held responsible for making up missed assignments.

Unexcused or Unlawful Absences

  • If an excuse is not presented within three (3) school days, the absence will be marked unexcused. Only medical excuses, signed by a practitioner, will be accepted after three (3) days.

  • All absences for reasons other than those listed above will be considered as unexcused.

  •  All unexcused absences for students under the age of 17 are also recorded as unlawful.


Three (3) Unexcused Absences

When a student accumulates three days of unlawful absence in a school year, the school will send a letter to the parent/guardian. In addition, a School Attendance Improvement Plan may be developed to improve student attendance.


Six (6) Unexcused Absences

After six (6) unexcused absences, the school must develop a School Attendance Improvement Plan.


More than six (6) unexcused absences

For each incident of unlawful absence after the sixth unlawful absence, a referral to Children and Youth may be made or a truancy citation may be filed with the District Magistrate.


Ten (10) Cumulative Absences

Whenever a student accumulates ten or more absences in a school year (excused and/or unexcused), a medical excuse will be required for every subsequent absence and a School Attendance Improvement Plan may be developed.


Ten (10) Consecutive Absences

Whenever a student has ten (10) consecutive absences and there is no evidence that these absences are excused, the district is required to remove the student from its active membership roll.


Tardiness and Early Dismissal

Whenever students arrive late or depart prior to the end of the school day, parents/guardians must present the school with a written note explaining the situation. These incidents are recorded as “excused” or “unexcused” applying the same criteria as those for full-day absences.


Thank you for taking the time to review this information and for partnering with us for your student’s success in school.

Fallsington Elementary
134 Yardley Avenue
Fallsington, PA 19058-0338
Telephone: 215-428-4170
Mission Statement
Recognizing our proud traditions and diverse community,
the Pennsbury School District prepares all students to become creative,
ethical, and critical thinkers for lifelong success in a global society.
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