Attendance Policy

Cougar Academy

Attendance Policy

Information present in the Handbook

Regular school attendance is essential for your child’s academic success.  Chronic absenteeism and habitual tardiness will impact student learning.  Please note that the Harrisburg School District adheres to Pennsylvania’s compulsory attendance laws.  The following guidelines and regulations have been established for student attendance:

 Excused Absences:

·Each student is required to attend school on a regular basis.  A student may be excused from classes for the following reasons: (1) personal illness (2) death in immediate family (3) impassable roads (4) emergency permit because of physical or mental handicap (5) exceptionally urgent reasons approved by the principal.

·A maximum of ten days of cumulative excused/lawful absences verified by parental notification may be permitted during a school year. All absences beyond ten cumulative days will require an excuse from a physician.

Unexcused Absences:

·Absences for the following reasons are considered unexcused: (1) absence because of parental neglect, such as skiing, hunting, fishing, visiting out of town, overslept, missing school bus, etc. (2) Absences because of truancy.  Any unexcused absences for students of compulsory school age are also unlawful unless the child has been suspended by the principal.

 What to do if my child misses school:


If a student misses school for any reason, please forward a written excuse including the following:

· -date or dates of the absence(s)

· -explanation of the cause of the absence

· -signature of the parent/guardian, or physician

The excuse must be received at the student’s return to school.  Failure to submit an excuse, no matter how legitimate, will be classified as unlawful or unexcused. Please send emailed excuses to Ms. Aisha Seigle, or if you have any questions please give her a call 717-703-4325.

Anytime a student is absent from school, he/she must make up all assigned work.  The student/parent must contact his/her teacher to schedule the necessary makeup work.  Student on approved family trips must makeup work missed as well.

Penalty for Unlawful or Excessive Absences:

When a student accumulates 10 days of absence/tardies — excused or unlawful -- or displays a pattern of weekly absences, written notification will be sent to the parent by the appropriate school official, i.e. Principal, Guidance Counselor, School Manager informing them that their child has been placed on medicals.

1. First Notice — When a student has accumulated three (3) days of unlawful absence as verified by the Principal, the parent or guardian is served with the first offense notice. The first offense notice is only a warning.

2. Second Notice — After the first offense letter is served, a second offense letter will be sent out after the student has accumulated five (5) days of unlawful absences during the school year an appropriate school official, most likely the Guidance Counselor, will contact you to schedule a Truancy Elimination Plan Meeting (TEP), as this becomes a second offense. After the scheduled TEP and after the fifth absence the building level administration will file the case with the District Magistrate for a violation of the compulsory school attendance law. If found guilty, a fine may be imposed.