#youbelonghere Attendance Letter to Families
Elementary School Hours
Regular School Day: 8:55 am - 3:25 pm
Early Dismissal: 8:55 am - 12:00 pm
2-Hour Delay: 10:55 am - 3:25 pm
Middle and High School Hours
Regular School Day: 7:45 am - 2:41 pm
Early Dismissal: 7:45 am - 11:10 am
2-Hour Delay: 9:45 am - 2:41 pm
To report an absence to your child's school, please email and include your child's full name and grade in the subject line as well as a reason for your child's absence citing one of the approved reasons.
Note: If you email, you do not have to call the office.
- Enfield: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Erdenheim: email@example.com
- Middle School: firstname.lastname@example.org
- High School: email@example.com
If you choose to call the office or are in need of a last minute early dismissal, please dial:
- Enfield: (215) 233-6080
- Erdenheim: (215) 233-6085
- Middle School: (215) 836-3006
- High School: (215) 233-6030 (Option 1)
If you choose to call, you must follow up with an email or a written note within 3 school days for the absence to be excused.
The following are School Board approved conditions for an excused absence to be granted based on Pennsylvania School Code:
- Family Emergency including a death in the family
- Family Educational Travel, Tours, and Trips (with prior approval by SDST administration)
- Impassable Roads
- Recovery from Accident
- Required Court Appearance
- Absence Note for reporting an absence, lateness, or early dismissal
- Absence Note Spanish Version
- FAQ Attendance Questions for Elementary
- FAQ Attendance Questions Spanish Version
- FAQ Attendance Questions for Secondary
Education Trip/Tour Absence
The School District of Springfield Township is pleased to announce an update in our procedures for educational trips. Effective November 28, 2022, the District will begin providing increased options for families seeking an excused absence for an educational trip.
Families seeking an excused absence for an educational trip, should complete the Pre-Approval for Educational Trip/Tour Absence prior to the planned absence and submit the paperwork to the building principal for each student attending the trip. Please note that trips may not last longer than 10 total school days in length and students may only receive excused absences for up to 10 total school days for the school year.
Students wishing to participate in a private and/or parochial school tour, shadowing test, or admission test must also complete the Pre-Approval for Educational Trip/Tour Absence form prior to the absence. Students in Grades K-8 may receive up to 3 school days of excused absences for tours and Grades 9-12 may receive up to 5 school days of excused absences.
Students who miss school due to an excused educational trip and/or tour will need to connect with teachers upon their return to complete any missed work. Students will have two school days for each school day missed to complete any missed assignments or tests. Furthermore, students who miss more than 3 days in a row for an educational trip/tour will need to complete an Educational Learning Product. This product must be turned in to the building principal or designee upon your return. Failure to complete an educational learning product may result in the absence being marked as unexcused.
Questions or concerns regarding procedures for Educational Trips and/or Tours should be directed to Dr. Michelle Lutz, Director of Support Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regular school attendance is key to your child's success and achievement in school. Families who are struggling with attendance are encouraged to reach out to our District Social Workers for support in improving school attendance.
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In February 2017, all public school districts in Pennsylvania were notified that Act 138 of 2016 regarding changes to School Truancy had been signed into law. As a result, the School District of Springfield Township (SDST) is in the process of updating our procedures for attendance, excusal of absences, and School Board Policy to be compliant with these new regulations. As such, it is important that all parents/guardians of students in grades K-12 are aware of these mandates for the 2017-2018 school year. The goal is to improve school attendance for all our students and deter truancy through a comprehensive approach.
- The new law defines truancy as 3 or more unexcused absences within a school year.
- Habitual truancy is defined as 6 or more unexcused absences within a school year.
In addition, the new law mandates a process school districts must follow for reporting truancy:
- Notifying parents/guardians in writing within 10 school days of the child’s third (3rd) unexcused absence. The district must indicate that the child has been truant and include a description of the consequences if the child becomes habitually truant. The district may offer an attendance improvement plan meeting up and including the 3rd unexcused absence. If the child accrues additional absences, an attendance improvement meeting must be held.
- If a child under 15 years of age becomes habitually truant, the school is required to refer the child to a school or community-based attendance improvement program or the county Children and Youth agency. In addition, a citation may be filed against a parent of a habitually truant child in magisterial district court.
- If a child is over 15 years of age and becomes habitually truant, the school is required to refer the student to a school or community-based attendance improvement program or file a citation against the student or parent in magisterial district court.
- In addition, this law provides local judges with considerable discretion to provide appropriate penalties in individual cases which may include increased fines and/or suspension of a student’s driving license, as examples.
It is the goal of SDST to avoid these additional consequences by creating systems to improve attendance, ease parental reporting of absences, and to provide clarity on excused/unexcused absence regulations.