Attendance

Phoenixville Area Middle School is in session from 8:05 A.M. to 2:53 P.M. Consistent and on time attendance is vital for success. Attendance is governed by applicable PASD School Board Policy and Pennsylvania State Law, and it is the responsibility of the parent to ensure compliance. Please see the procedure for student absence below.


Attendance Procedures

- Send an email to msattendance@pasd.com to report a student absent, late or to request an early dismissal. Please include the reason for the absence, lateness or early dismissal in your email. This email will report your child’s absence to the school and will be their attendance note.

If you do not have access to email please follow these procedures for student absence.

- Call the attendance line at 484-927-5262 to report a student’s absence, lateness or early dismissal. The office will contact the parent/guardian if we do not receive a call from you to confirm a student’s absence.
- The Pennsylvania Public School Code requires a written excuse note from a parent/guardian within three (3) days of the student’s return to school.
Failure to return a note will cause the date(s) of absence to be designated as unlawful.
- A doctor’s note is required in order to excuse absences for three or more consecutive days. In cases where we have not been sent an email, a signed note must be received within three days of the absence or the absence is recorded as unlawful. Absence notes may be turned into the late desk by 8:05 a.m. or to the main office at any time. An accumulation of three (3) unlawful absences will result in a referral to district court. Any student found truant will be dealt with through the discipline code and District Court.


Early Dismissal

- Student should bring their note requesting an early dismissal to the attendance desk before homeroom. They will be given a pass to be excused at the requested time.
- To ensure the safety of a student, no child can be released unless directly signed out by a parent/guardian in the main office.
- In an emergency situation, alternative plans may only be approved by an administrator.


Family Vacation

- Use non-school sponsored travel form also available in the main office.
- Written request received in office at least five (5) days prior to event.
 

Lateness

- Any student who is not seated in homeroom and/or arrives at PAMS after 8:05 a.m. is considered late to school.
- Only students who have a signed note of illness, religious obligation or a doctor’s appointment note will be considered excused.
- Students who are late due to traffic, missing the bus, alarm problems, late start, no note/reason or overslept are considered unexcused late.

1st thru 3rd offense – Warning 4th or more offense – Detention
Excessive lateness – Administrators Disposition ie. Restorative Practices

ACCUMULATED ABSENCE, EARLY DISMISSAL OR LATENESS IN EXCESS OF TEN (10) DAYS WILL RESULT IN A DOCTOR’S NOTE BEING REQUIRED FOR ALL FURTHER OCCURANCES.
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