District-wide Attendance Policy

Attendance at school is essential for maximum success. Absences due to illness, quarantine, death in the family, impassable roads, pre-approved family educational travel/education tours/trips, and school board approved observance of a religious holiday are excused. A written request from the parent/guardian for educational trips and religious holidays must be received and approved by administration prior to the date of the absence. Other excuses for absence are classified as unexcused and unlawful. These excuses will be reviewed by the Principal/Designee to determine if the absence is excused or unexcused. All absences will be recorded as unlawful for students under the age of seventeen (17). In the case of excessive excused absence, a doctor’s excuse may be required. When the first unlawful absence is recorded, an official notice is served on the parent/guardian.   Additional unlawful absences may result in arrest and fines for violation of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Compulsory School Attendance Law.

 

Upon returning to school, students are required to bring in an excuse note signed by the parent/guardian including the dates of and the reason for the absence. All excuses should be sent to the Attendance Secretary or to the homeroom teacher. If such an excuse is not presented within three (3) days, the absence will be considered unlawful, and the student and parent/guardian may be subject to all penalties specified in Section 1333 of the Pennsylvania School Code.

 

Tardiness or being late for school, between 8:10 A.M. and 9:45 A.M. each day, is detrimental to a student’s academic success. Late students and the student’s parent/guardian must report to the main office window upon arrival and the time of arrival will be recorded by the office secretaries. Students who arrive at school after the end of homeroom must report to the Main Office for a pass.

 

Early dismissals, or being excused from school between 1:45 P.M. and 3:00 P.M. each day, is detrimental to a student’s academic success. These students and the student’s parent/guardian will have to come to the main office window and sign out before they may leave. The time of dismissal will be recorded by the secretaries.

 

Any student arriving between 9:45 A.M. or leaving before 1:45 P.M. shall be marked one-half day absent.

 

HIGH/MIDDLE SCHOOL TARDY

 

The following is a list of consequences for habitual tardiness:

 

1st tardy:          Warning (verbal)

2nd tardy:         Warning (written)

3rd tardy:         Lunch Detention

4th tardy:          Detention

5th tardy:          Detention

6th tardy:          Half Day In-School-Suspension

7th tardy:          In-School-Suspension (ISS)

 

 

 

These are minimum standards. If a pattern of absences or tardiness develops with repeated infractions of unexcused absences or tardiness, additional disciplinary action may be taken at the discretion of the principal or assistant principal. Such actions may include loss of privileges such as participation on athletic teams, field trips, attendance at school dances, and so forth.

 

Students who are not in attendance on a school day or who have a tardy that has not been excused by the principal or assistant principal are not eligible to participate in extra‑curricular activities on that day which includes sports, activities, and dances.

 

Excused Tardies: The only excused tardies to school will be those whereby students present a statement from a doctor, dentist, etc. that they had an appointment that morning or the situation is determined to be an emergency by the principal or assistant principal. (Note: car trouble, oversleeping, missing the bus, etc. are not emergencies).

TRUANCY PREVENTION

The Western Wayne School District Student Attendance Improvement Plan (SAIP) is an inter-disciplinary approach designed to reduce excessive student absences from school. The goal of the SAIP program is to reduce the overall rate of absenteeism. The SAIP program is a school-based intervention for students and families who are in danger of magisterial citation due to truancy. The SAIP team consists of administration, teachers, counselors, school nurse, children and youth services, social worker, probation, Wayne County Office of Behavioral and Developmental Programs and Early Intervention, and Magisterial court. The function of the SAIP team is to organize meetings with student and families when the student’s absences have reached the truant level as defined by the PA Compulsory Attendance Law. In lieu of an initial citation to the district magistrate for truancy charges, the student and family will be required to attend a SAIP meeting at the school. At this meeting, the team will discuss with the student and family the issues and concerns relating to the student’s absences, academic performance, and behavioral concerns.

 

The team will also be responsible for:

  • Educating the student and family on the negative effects of habitual absenteeism
  • Offering and/or coordinating services for the student and family both in and out of school
  • Developing and drafting a truancy elimination plan with the student and family
  • Monitoring and evaluating the plan

Western Wayne SD – Student Attendance Improvement Plan (SAIP)

 

UNLAWFUL ABSENCE PROGRESSION

 

Unlawful Absence First Notification/Action

  • Letter sent to parent/guardian outlining Pennsylvania School Code provisions for school attendance and the Western Wayne School District attendance policy.

 

Unlawful Absence Second Notification/Action

  • Letter sent to parent/guardian informing them of Pennsylvania School Code/Western Wayne Attendance Policy violation

 

Unlawful Absence Third Notification/Action

  • Certified letter sent home to parent/guardian informing them of Pennsylvania School Code/Western Wayne School District Attendance Policy and SAIP procedures.
  • Parent/guardian contacted to attend a conference with the SAIP team
    • For all IEP/504/Gifted students, a formal invitation will be sent
    • Phone conferences are acceptable and will be documented

Unlawful Absence Fourth Notification/Action

  • Parent/guardian contacted by the SAIP team to review the truancy elimination plan that is in place as well as to review the progression of actions following additional unlawful absence(s).
  • Formal invitation for SAIC will be issued if a SAIC has not already been held.

 

Unlawful Absence Fifth Notification/Action

  • Letter sent to parent/guardian informing them of Pennsylvania School Code/Western Wayne Attendance Policy violation

 

Unlawful Absence Sixth Notification/Action

  • Citation filed with magistrate for truancy

 

  • Copy to be provided to Wayne County Children and Youth Services and cc: SAP team

 

If parent(s)/guardian(s) do not participate in a STEP meeting after the Unlawful Absence Fourth Notification/Action

  • Complaint filed with the magistrate

 

Every 3 subsequent unlawful absences

Complaint filed with the magistrate

LAWFUL ABSENCE PROGRESSION

10 Cumulative Absences

 

MEDICALLY EXCUSED AND SCHOOL APPROVED ABSENCES

DO NOT COUNT TOWARDS THE 10 CUMULATIVE ABSENCES REGARDING TRUANCY, HOWEVER THEY DO COUNT TOWARDS A STUDENTS TOTAL ATTENDANCE RECORD

 

  • Certified letter sent home to parent/guardian
  • Copy provided to Wayne County Children and Youth Services
  • Required attendance at STEP meeting in school with parent/guardian and student present

 

Any cumulative absence over 10 total days for a middle school student will require a written medical excuse from a physician or it will be considered unlawful.