• Wallingford-Swarthmore School District Attendance Guidelines

    The Wallingford-Swarthmore School District enforces the Student Compulsory Attendance and Truancy Elimination Plan that was passed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on August 8, 2006. It is essential that every parent/guardian or person in parental relation, having control or charge of any child or children of compulsory school age, is familiar with this regulation as well as the penalties for violation of attendance requirements.

    Compulsory school age refers to the period of a child’s life from the time they enter school as a beginner until the age of seventeen (17) or upon their graduation from high school.

    The Department of Education and all school districts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are obligated to comply with State and Federal requirements (No Child Left Behind Act) for student attendance and truancy. Each school district within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is responsible for monitoring and maintaining attendance records of all students.

    In accordance with the Student Compulsory Attendance and Truancy Elimination Plan, all absences will be treated as unlawful until the school district receives and accepts a written excuse from a parent/guardian explaining the reason for a child’s absence. The written excuse must be submitted within three calendar days of the student’s absence. Failure to do so will result in the absence being permanently recorded as unlawful.

    Students who miss ten (10) consecutive school days will be dropped from the active membership unless the school is provided with evidence that the absence is legal.

    A maximum of ten (10) days of lawful absences, verified by parental notification, may be permitted during a school year. Each absence beyond a total of ten (10) days during a school year will require a written doctor’s excuse.

    It is vital that students with physical or mental conditions that lead to sporadic absences over a period of time obtain and give school authorities a Doctor’s note describing the condition and amount of time the student is likely to miss. The document must be renewed every 3 months.

    Regular, punctual school attendance is an important factor in your child’s academic success.

    For actions taken regarding unlawful absences, reference your child's Student Handbook.