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In an effort to improve attendance and education in all programs, the following attendance procedures have been implemented:
1. Students are required to have an absence excuse signed by a parent/guardian upon returning to school. The school office will collect and record each excuse. If a student is 18 years old and lives at home, a parent must sign his/her excuse. Failure to bring in an excuse after four school days will result in the student being given an unexcused absence. Students cannot make-up work for an unexcused absence; therefore, the student is to be given a “0” for his/her daily grade. In an effort to avoid student truancy issues, the school will notify parents on a daily basis of a student’s absence through an automated system called SKYALERT. The student excuse form may be located on the AWBCC website and may be submitted electronically. Additionally, a parent may submit a written excuse to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the parent name and phone number for verification.
2. A written notice to a parent/guardian will be issued when there has been a violation with the compulsory attendance provisions of the Pennsylvania School Code.
3. When a sending school is not in session, students are still expected to attend A. W. Beattie Career Center. The only exception to this policy is when school is canceled due to weather and transportation is not provided. Students who are tardy or have been absent are to report to the school office before being admitted to class. Excessive absenteeism and tardiness will not be tolerated. Every student must refer to the Attendance Policy of the school for specific details.
4. Make-up work is strictly student-initiated. Students must make up assignments within one week except in cases of long illness. The administration must approve all exceptions. The instructor for any student requesting make-up work will arrange a written plan. Missing a day at A. W. Beattie is the same as missing 3 days of class at the school district. Because of the length of daily instruction, we cover a large amount of material daily.
(In cases where the absence is in the last week of the grading period, an incomplete grade may be given. If makeup work is not completed within 10 days, the incomplete grade will automatically become a failing grade.)
Excessive Absences: After five days of excused or unexcused absences by the end of the first nine weeks, a student will meet with a member of the Student Services’ Team to discuss attendance and the parent will be notified by mail. After 10 days of excused or unexcused absences by the end of the first semester, parents will be notified by mail and a parent conference may be required. A. W. Beattie Career Center will seek to assist parents and students in resolving chronic attendance problems.
After 20 days of excused or unexcused absences, parents will be notified by mail and a parent conference will be required. The student will be required to submit a written excuse signed by a doctor, or in cases of court appearances an excuse signed by an officer of the court. Once a student accumulates 20 days of absence in a school year, the parent/guardian must submit medical doctor’s excuses for ensuing absences involving medical or health reasons for the remainder of that school year. A written excuse from the parent/guardian will no longer be accepted. Failure to provide a medical doctor’s excuse for absences beyond twenty (20) days will result in those absences being recorded as unexcused.
After 35 days the student may not be given credit for the year and may not be permitted to return to A. W. Beattie Career Center at the discretion of the sending school.
The Pennsylvania School Code provides fines and other penalties including parent education classes and community service for parents of a truant child who do not show that they took reasonable steps to ensure the child’s attendance. It also provides hearings before the District Magistrate and loss of driver’s license for truant students.
Unexcused Absences: Any student who has more than 7 Unexcused Absences will not be eligible to attend any field trips, or stay all day at A. W. Beattie Career Center to complete extra requirements as determined by the administration.
Tardiness: Tardiness is a violation of student attendance regulations. Students are required to be at school on time. A. W. Beattie Career Center, because of its mission and goals will not tolerate tardiness. We recognize our responsibility to prepare students to meet the employers’ expectations. Therefore, A. W. Beattie Career Center will be aggressive in deterring tardiness. Students arriving late to school will be placed on in-school suspension after three (3) tardies, and each subsequent three (3) tardies. Parents will be notified. Tardy minutes are accumulative towards unexcused absences.
Early Dismissal: A request for an early dismissal must be submitted to the School Office prior to the beginning of each session. The note should indicate the time of dismissal, the reason, the parent/guardian’s signature and a telephone number where they may be contacted to confirm the request. If a parent or guardian verification is not obtained, the student will not be released. Students will not be dismissed early without prior confirmation. Students must sign out in the School Office. Students attending a field trip must remain at Beattie until the end of the school day.
Remaining at A.W. Beattie for the Entire Day: No student may remain at A. W. Beattie Career Center all day unless the instructor has requested it in writing to the School Office at least 3 days prior to the activity. This request must be approved by the administration and the student’s high school principal. There must be a valid reason for the student to remain at A. W. Beattie Career Center.
Student Visitors: Students from the sending districts must make arrangements in advance with the A. W. Beattie Career Center Guidance Department if they desire to visit one of the A. W. Beattie Career Center Programs. Students from a district other than the A. W. Beattie Career Center sending districts will not be given permission to visit the programs.