Holicong Middle School
Attendance Policies & Important Dates for 2016 – 2017 School Year
As educators, we recognize that promoting regular school attendance is a key component in the successful growth and development of all students. To maximize student learning, we ask that you be mindful of our district attendance policy. The Compulsory Attendance Law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires that an absence excuse submitted by the parent or guardian be on file for every day of the student’s absence. We have included at Attendance link on the Holicong homepage that includes the information below.
What if my child has an appointment during the school day? If your child has an appointment during the day, please write a note and have your child bring it to the front office the day before or the morning of the appointment. You can also email the attendance office at HOLICONGATTENDANCE@CBSD.ORG or call the main number at 267-893-2700. Your child will receive a pass to leave class and meet you in the front office. For safety reasons, parents must come to the front office to sign out their child. Please make sure to bring your driver’s license when coming to the front office. If for some reason there is an emergency or the student forgot the note, please call the main office directly at 267-893-2700. Please make sure to communicate the absence in advance - in the past parents have come to school without notification and we discourage calling into classrooms during instructional time. We are making a special note of this, as it may be a change in process for 7th grade parents, and it will help eliminate potential miscommunications.
How do I notify the school that my
child is absent? You have a few options here, but the most efficient way to excuse an absence is
to email us directly at HOLICONGATTENDANCE@CBSD.ORG. You can also call the attendance line (267 –
893-2700, option 2) or give your child a written note. The school must have this documentation
within 3 days of the absence, or the absence will be coded as unlawful and the
student will receive disciplinary consequences.
What is an excused absence? According to State Law, an excused absence includes: religious holiday, illness, death in the family, educational trips and family vacation approved by administration.
What if we have a family vacation? Students are allotted five days per year for family travel. Parents and students must complete the Approved Absence Request Form (located online and in the front office) three days prior to the absence for family travel so the student can obtain work from his/her teachers and the absence will be approved by administration.
What is excessive absenteeism? This is defined as students missing greater than 10% of the school year to date at any point in the school year. If parents are aware of any medical or other issues that would cause a student to miss excessive days, we ask you contact guidance or administration in advance. If attendance continues to be an issue, we do follow the state and district truancy procedures.
PSSA/Keystone Testing Dates
7th & 8th Grade ELA PSSA: April 3-7, 2017
8th Grade Science PSSA: May 1-5, 2017
Algebra Keystone: May 15-26, 2017
PARENT SUPPORT: Attendance is an extremely important responsibility for a school. We do ask for parents’ assistance in terms of notifying the office for absences and when students leave early. If there is an issue that is more delicate in nature, please do not hesitate to contact the guidance office or administration.