New State Attendance Law in Effect for 2017-18 School Year
Showing up for school has a significant impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life.
To help ensure that students attend school regularly, the Pennsylvania Department of Education has issued a new truancy law - the Compulsory Attendance and School Attendance Improvement Plan. This new law is a cross-agency collaboration with the Department of Human Services and the Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission, and aligns with state agency efforts to provide comprehensive guidelines for schools, families and communities.
The mandate differs from how the Keystone Oaks School District has handled truancy in the past and went into effect at the beginning of the 2017-18 School Year.
This new law is also addressed in Keystone Oaks Policy #204, which can be found online: http://www.kosd.org/Downloads/204%20Attendance%20final.pdf.
Please click here to view Keystone Oaks’ attendance process as we comply with this mandate.
Additional details are also available on our website - http://www.kosd.org/parents.aspx.
We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. But, we also know that when students miss too much school, regardless of the reason, it can cause them to fall behind academically. When your child is absent, an excuse must be turned in within 3 days of the absence. A school excuse form is available on the District’s website.
It is important that your child attends school every day and arrives on time. If you have questions about the district’s attendance policy or the new state guidelines, please contact your building principal.