Excused Absences

The Compulsory School Attendance Law of Pennsylvania states that when a child enters kindergarten he/she comes under the compulsory attendance laws. Policy 204 stipulates the following: 

Excused Absences

1. Illness

2. Family emergencies

3. Prearranged doctor and dentist appointments

4. Authorized school activities

5. Approved student educational trips (two (2) trips not to exceed five (5) school days)

6. Medical documentation will be required for students who acquire ten (10) or more absences during the school year. The policy indicates that pre-approved educational trips and absences for religious holidays or religious instruction (within guidelines) will be considered a lawful absence and be exempt from the 10 days of cumulative absence necessitating a physician’s statement.

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