Safe Arrival Phone Number: 814-272-8553

    If you know that your child will be absent, please call the above phone number and leave a message with the following information: date, student name, grade, and homeroom. 

    Late To School
    Students who arrive after 8:40 a.m. need to sign in at the office for a tardy pass.  Parents/guardians are to provide a note explaining the reason for the late arrival. Notes stating the student overslept or missed the bus, traffic, among others are not considered legitimate excuses for tardiness.  Late minutes will be added and counted toward full day absences.

    When five "unexcused" tardy passes are issued, a student will be assigned a lunch MRC

    Early Dismissal   
    Parental/guardian notes must be brought by the student to the Main Office prior to Homeroom on the day they wish to be excused early. Students will be given a pass to be excused. A parent/guardian or an adult sent by your parent must come to the office to sign you out.  


    Absence Excuses

    If you have reported your child's absence via a Safe Arrival or other phone call, please know that we appreciate your call. However, state law requires an Absence Excuse for all absences to be returned to school within 72 hours of the date of absence.  Excuses sent after the 72 hour window are considered unexcused.

    3 or more unexcused absences:  If the student fails to submit his/her excuse within 3 days upon returning to school,  the absence(s) will be counted as unexcused and a First Offense will be filed.  After a First Offense is filed, a School Attendance Improvement Plan (SAIP) family meeting will be required. 

    10 or more absences with parent notes (not counting Educational Trips or Doctor Excused): Parents will receive attendance letters in the mail and doctor excuses will be required for any additional absences.


    Educational Trips

    Please send an Educational Trip Form to the Attendance Secretary listing the dates you are requesting as educational trip days (not to exceed 10 days in any academic year). These signed forms must be turned into the Main Office to be reviewed by the Assistant Principal for his approval.  Once approved, the Attendance Secretary will provide the student the necessary forms to be signed by the teacher. If the forms are not approved prior to the trip, the absences will be considered unexcused.  

    Ben Woods
    PFMS Attendance Secretary
Last Modified on February 25, 2020