According to State Attendance Laws, legal absences include illness, death in the immediate family,doctor or dentist appointments and authorized absences that have been requested in advance from the Harrisburg School district. A legal absence is excused.
Illegal absences include truancy, extended or non-approved trips or vacations, oversleeping,babysitting, housecleaning and missing the school bus. An illegal absence is unexcused.
Parents must send a signed note with students after an absence stating the reason for the absence. If an excuse is not brought in within three days (3) the absence will be marked unexcused.
Students who are absent for more than three days must bring a doctor’s excuse.
Truancy Elimination Plans will be conducted for students who have 3 or more unexcused absences. Failure to attend and commit to the plan will result in a citation for illegal absence.
Students can be granted up to 5 days of excused absences for educational trips taken with their families. These trips must be approved in advance by the school Principal using the form at the end of this handbook. Requests must be submitted at least 2 weeks in advance.