PHIS Attendance Policy as published in the Handbook:
Good attendance is important and directly related to academic achievement. The following regulations are established to encourage good school attendance by intermediate school students: In the event of student absence:
1. A note or phone call from the parent must notify the school of the child's absence and the reason.
2. Upon returning to school, student/parent should turn in any verification of student absence (medical, dental, funeral documentation) in order for the absence to be considered medically excused and verified. Once documentation is turned in, these absences are considered “medically documented.”
3. We realize that students are sometimes ill and not taken to the doctor. We consider this and allow for this. However, thirteen (13) days or more of absences that are not “medically documented” in a school year is considered excessive. Beginning on day thirteen, students will be required to make up attendance hours through Friday & Saturday schools.
4. Any student who exceeds fifteen days of absences that are not “medically documented” will be referred to the Children’s Division and/or other agencies for educational neglect, retained, and/or required to attend summer school.
5. For each day absent, students will have one day to make up and turn in work, unless special arrangements have been made with the teacher for an extension. On the second day of a student's absence, parents may request the student's assignments by 9:00 am. In the event of a prearranged absence, the assignment will be due upon student’s return. Parents may also check students’ assignments from the school’s website.
6. Parents or guardians shall be notified of the number of absences on a regular basis.*
*Parent Attendance Notification Process for Unverified Absences:
Step 1 (5 days of absences) = letter to parent.
Step 2 (9 days of absences) = letter to parent.
Step 3 (13 days of absences) = conference with parent & student makeup of attendance hours.
Step 4 (15 days of absences) = referral to Children’s Division and/or other agencies for educational neglect,
student retention and/or summer school.