COVID-19 NOTICE for 2020-2021
Because of COVID-19 protocols, a number of attendance exceptions are being made for the school year. While in effect, the three-day window to turn in excuse notes has been expanded to five days, and emails from approved parent/guardian accounts will be accepted as written excuses. Remote instruction will be treated the same as physical, in-school instruction for attendance purposes - students missing or late to remote classes will require excuse notes as if they were absent from school. However, students with remote study halls are NOT required to attend them (this time is considered taking a screen-break for our remote and hybrid students).
Students with split physical/remote schedules who are feeling unwell are encouraged to attend remotely instead, and will receive attendance credit even if it would normally have been a physical, in-school instruction day for them. Students should notify all of their teachers (including study hall teachers!) via email to make sure they will be marked 'present' for attending remotely that day.
Students placed under quarantine conditions (due to recent travel or pending test results) will be expected to attend remotely for the duration - even if normally scheduled for physical, in-school instruction. An parent note or similar documentation should be emailed, notifying the office of the temporary change.
Students placed under isolation conditions (due to a positive test result, confirmed exposure, or doctor's order) are NOT to attend physically, and attendance will NOT be enforced for the duration. Students are still encouraged to attend remotely, if able, and students unable to attend remotely will need to make up any missed work once they return. A doctor's note or similar documentation should be emailed, excusing the absence for the student.
Safe Arrival Phone Number: 814-272-8553
If you know that your child will be late/absent, please call the above phone number and leave a message with the following information: date, student name, and grade/team. You will still need to provide an excuse note/email.
Main Office Phone Number: 814-237-5301
If you have questions about attendance or need to speak with our office staff, please call the above phone number and select option 1. Select option 2 to leave a Safe Arrival message instead.Late To SchoolStudents who arrive after 8:40 a.m. will need to sign in at the office for a tardy pass. Parents/guardians will need 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. Unexcused late minutes will be added and counted toward full day absences.Early DismissalParent/guardian notes should be delivered to the Main Office before classes begin (on the day the student is to be excused early). Students will be given a pass to be excused, with time to collect their belongings and come to the office. A parent/guardian or an adult sent by the parent/guardian must come to the office to pick them up - we do not send early dismissal students to waiting vehicles. Parents/guardians who do not provide notes in advance should expect a wait while the student is notified and collects their things.Absence ExcusesIf 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: After accruing 3 days of unexcused absences, a First Offense will be filed. Further absences may require parents to attend a School Attendance Improvement Plan (SAIP) meeting, or may provoke a Second Offense being filed.10 or more absences with parent notes (not counting Educational Trips or Doctor Excused): Parents will receive attendance letters in the mail to notify them of the limit, and doctor excuses will be required for any additional absences.Educational TripsPlease fill out and 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 in to the Main Office to be reviewed by the Assistant Principal for approval. If an absence of longer than 2 days is expected, the Attendance Secretary will provide the student with assignment sheets to bring to their teachers. If the Educational Trip Forms are not submitted and approved prior to the trip, the absences will be considered unexcused.ContactBen WoodsPFMS Attendance Secretarybjw28@scasd.org814-237-5301