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Attendance Information

All attendance matters are handled by Mrs. Connie Morrow in the Student Affairs Office | (610) 866-0791, Ext. 330.


A parent or guardian must report a student’s absence by 8:00 a.m. each day a student is absent, unless the call specifies that the student will be absent for a specific number of days. Please call the above number and leave a message on the Attendance Voicemail, which is available 24/7. Please provide the following information:

  • Name of the student
  • Grade level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Reason for absence or lateness
  • Identity of the caller (mother, father, guardian, etc.)

Absence Excusal Note

In addition to the phone call, an Absence Excusal Note (click here) should be provided to Student Affairs on the day the student returns to school. This is a requirement of the Pennsylvania Department of Education. A written note does not replace the need to telephone the absence on the day it occurs. Forms are also available inĀ the Student Affairs Office.


A parent or guardian must report a student’s lateness to the Student Affairs Office by 8:20 a.m. by calling (610) 866-0791, Ext. 330. Unexcused lateness to school is unacceptable and will warrant (1) infraction point.

Lateness will be excused for the following reasons:

  • Late bus
  • Notes signed by a professional (doctors, dentists, therapists, etc.)
  • Verifiable emergencies, situations, or weather conditions.
  • Documented court appearance.
  • DMV appointment

Advance Notice for Doctor/Dentist/DMV Appointments

Please notify the Student Affairs Office at least one day in advance if your child has an appointment and will be late to school or needs to be excused from class for an appointment.

If being dismissed early, student should report to the Student Affairs office on the morning of the appointment to get a Release Pass, which must be shown to the classroom teacher at the appropriate time.Ā  Following this procedure will limit classroom interruptions.Ā  At the time of dismissal, the student will report to the Receptionist in the main lobby to be signed out by a parent or guardian. Ā Upon return to school, the student must provide the Student Affairs Office with verification of the appointment from the office of the professional. Ā Students returning to school after an appointment should enter the building at the gym or auditorium entrance and report to Student Affairs for a pass to return to class. Ā It is not necessary for the parent to escort the student into the building.

Students should ring the doorbell to be admitted.Ā  If your child is a student driver, you must call to request an early release, and then follow up with a note giving permission for your child to drive to the appointment.

Family Vacation Requests

Student Affairs should be notified 10 days in advance of a family vacation.Ā  Please submit a Vacation Request Form (click here).Ā  Forms are also available at the Student Affairs Office.Ā  The request will be submitted to the Principal for approval. Ā Please note that the student is responsible for any missed assignments.

College Visits/Tours Requests

Advance notice is also required for students planning a college visit/tour. Please submit a College Visit/Tour Request Form (click here). Documentation is required upon return.Ā  Please note that the student is responsible for any missed assignments.