Attendance Expectations

  • Attendance is compulsory in Pennsylvania public schools and will be monitored for all Cyber Academy students. Attendance is monitored through daily log-in and activity completion. There is no required time that a student must log in to CAP, but they must log in every school day and meet course deadlines. Failure to do so may result in removal from the program and a requirement to return to brick-and-mortar instruction.

    If a student is going to be absent, please email the instructor to make them aware. Review the Pennsbury Attendance Policy.

    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 a 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 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.