MaST Community Charter School II
MaST Community Charter School II is committed to student success. Regular school attendance helps students to achieve success by maximizing student exposure to instruction. Consistent and prompt attendance provides a guide for healthy student skill and habit development as they grow. Students are more likely to feel invested in their educational development, the more regularly they attend school. Students are therefore expected to attend school regularly and on time. Changes to this policy will be provided to families, when they occur.
There are different kinds of absences. Absences are defined as follows:
Excused (non-medical)- a parent/guardian note has been provided to the school within 3 days of students return from absence.
Details: Students may not exceed 10 non-medical excused absences per school year. If a student does exceed 10 non-medical excused absences per year, all following absences will require a note from a licensed physician.
Excused Medical- a licensed physician note is provided to the school, justifying the need for the student absence (dates must be identified specifically).
Details: Special cases, where the medical concern is chronic shall establish a relationship with the nurse and/or grade counselor to ensure collaboration occurs in supporting the student. Medical concerns that prevent a student from attending school regularly may require a meeting with the school to ensure an appropriate plan is set in place for the student.
Unexcused- no note has been provided to the school after a student absence, or the reason for absence was not identified as justifiable by law.
Details: A student has 3 days to bring in a note, after returning to school. Unexcused absences will lead to disciplinary action. MaST II wants to work with families to overcome reasonable barriers. Contact the attendance officer, or grade counselor if support is needed.
MaST may excuse the absences of students under certain circumstances with original documentation. Those circumstances are for illness, emergency (non-routine) doctors’ appointments, court subpoenas, or funeral notices (routine medical and dental appointments should be made outside of school hours). Students involved with the Philadelphia Department of Human Services (DHS) required to leave school for the purposes of attending court hearings or other related legal matters, will also be excused.
Unlawful- All absences are treated as unlawful until MaST Community Charter School II receives a written explanation of the reason(s) for absence. If parent/guardian and student fail to provide a written explanation within three days of the students return to school, the absence is permanently counted as “Unlawful.”
Details: If a student is absent from school for three (3) or more consecutive school days, without a valid note, MaST Community Charter School II is required to hold a meeting to assess for the barriers to the student's attendance. All absences beyond ten cumulative days require a written excuse from a licensed physician. If a student is absent with or without notification to the school, a phone call may be made to the parent/guardian via our automated phone system. If deemed necessary and appropriate, a Truancy Referral will be made.
The following are examples of valid reasons for an excused absence:
· Illness, health condition, or physical injury
· Recovery from accident
· Mandated quarantine
· Required court attendance
· Religious observations
· Family emergency
· Death in family
· Hazardous travel and severe weather conditions as determined by the charter school.
· Pre-approved family educational trips
· Seniors and juniors will be permitted one (2) day absence per year for the purpose of college visitations providing they have notified the grade counselor, have received advance permission from the CEO or designee, and have provided written verification from the parent/guardian.
If your child is ill and unable to attend school, please call the school no later than 8:00 AM. The call out number is (215) 398-7960 This call does not replace a note, upon students return to school. Parents/guardians must include the following information on the call out line:
1. Student’s name
2. Student’s homeroom/teacher
3. Reason for absence
4. Name and relationship of caller
5. Phone number where caller can be reached for verification
*Unexcused Absence- student not in school & no note provided
*Non-Medical Excused- student not in school, parent note provided upon return to school (not to exceed 10 days in one school year)
*Medically Excused- student not present & a licensed physician note is provided regarding the specified dates of absence.
3 CONSECUTIVE ABSENCES
3 UNEXCUSED ABSENCES OR
7 EXCUSED ABSENCES (NON-MEDICAL)
6 UNEXCUSED ABSENCES OR
10 EXCUSED ABSENCES (NON-MEDICAL)
10 UNEXCUSED ABSENCES OR
12 EXCUSED ABSENCES (NON-MEDICAL)
11 UNEXCUSED ABSENCES OR
15 EXCUSED ABSENCES (NON-MEDICAL)
15 UNEXCUSED ABSENCES OR
25 EXCUSED ABSENCES (NON-MEDICAL)
Medical cases will be managed individually contingent upon the medical issue diagnosed by the doctor.
Vacation: Consecutive vacation days require 2 weeks prior notice, with a vacation day form filled out. Consecutive vacation days will then be able to be counted as one excused absence. Failure to provide a vacation form with advance notice will require vacation days to be counted individually, not as one excused absence. Forms are available at MaST II’s website, or from a Teacher, Attendance Office, Front Desk, or Grade Counselor.
Tardies: Tardies will be responded to with the following: 10 unexcused= letter home & H.S. student meeting with attendance officer. 12 unexcused= 7th-8th lunch detention & 9th-12th after-school detention. 15 unexcused= parent meeting with attendance officer. More than 20 tardies will result in a parent and student meeting with the Board of Trustees, and an automatic after-school or Saturday detention for 9th-12th grade students, for each subsequent tardy.
Upon receiving a written note from parent/guardian, the attendance officer, grade principal and grade counselor, may collaboratively excuse a student during school hours for the purpose of obtaining professional health care or therapy service only if the following requirements are met:
Requests for Family Vacations
In order to promote a consistent educational process throughout the school year, parents/guardians should not schedule family vacations during the school year. If it is imperative that a vacation must be taken, the following must be noted:
Consequences for Excessive Absences and Tardies
Every parent or guardian of a school-age child is responsible for the child’s attendance at school. Failure for a child to attend school has legal consequences for parents and, as age-appropriate, for the student. In Pennsylvania, truancy is defined as when a child of compulsory school age is absent from school for three (3) or more days without a valid excuse meaning three or more “Unlawful” absences. If a child is found to be habitually truant, his or her parent or guardian can be referred to the Truancy Collaborative.
In addition to the procedures outlined in the table, a student with 11 or more cumulative absences may be subject to any or all of the following consequences:
Students with 10 consecutive days of unexcused absences will be removed from enrollment at MaST II. Students who are no longer registered at MaST II (aged 6-17) should register with their school district of residence.
The contact for general attendance questions, concerns or feedback is Ms. Doreen Young, Attendance Officer.
240. STUDENT ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY
Date Adopted: 9/21/16
The Board requires that school-aged students enrolled in MaST Community Charter School II attend school regularly, in accordance with state laws. The educational program offered by this charter school is predicated upon the presence of the student and requires continuity of instruction and classroom participation in order for students to achieve academic standards and consistent educational progress.
Attendance shall be required of all students enrolled in MaST Community Charter School II during the days and hours that school is in session, except that a principal or teacher may excuse a student for temporary absences when receiving satisfactory evidence of mental, physical, or other urgent conditions that may reasonably cause the student's absence.
The Board considers the following conditions to constitute reasonable cause for absence from school:
1. Illness, health condition, or physical injury
2. Recovery from accident.
3. Mandated quarantine.
4. Required court attendance.
5. Religious observations
6. Family emergency
7. Death in family
8. Hazardous travel and severe weather conditions as determined by the charter school.
9. Pre-approved family educational trips.
Attendance need not always be within school facilities. A student will be considered in attendance if present at any place where school is in session by authority of the Board; the student is receiving approved tutorial instruction or health care; the student is engaged in a work-study or career education program; the student is receiving approved homebound instruction.
All absences occasioned by observance of the student's religion on a day approved as a religious holiday shall be excused, and no student so excused shall be deprived of an award or eligibility to compete for an award or the opportunity to make up a test given on the religious holiday.
The Board shall, upon written request of the parents/guardians, release from attendance a student participating in a religious instruction program. Such instruction shall not require the child's absence from school for more than thirty-six (36) hours per school year, and its organizers must inform the Board of the child's attendance record. The Board shall not provide transportation to religious instruction.
The Board will recognize other justifiable absences for part of the school day. These shall include medical or dental appointments, court appearance, or family emergency.
The Board shall excuse the following students from the requirements of attendance at the schools of this charter school:
The Board may report to appropriate authorities infractions of the law regarding the attendance of students below the age of seventeen (17). The Board shall issue notice to those parents/guardians who fail to comply with the statutory requirements of compulsory attendance that such infractions will be prosecuted according to law.
The CEO/School Leader or designee shall develop procedures for the attendance of students which:
Student absences are generally governed under the definition and authority of the Pennsylvania School Code of 1949. Absences covered under law must be directly related to the student’s inability to attend school as indicated in this policy and not merely for the convenience of the family.
Absences will generally be recognized as cumulative or noncumulative. Cumulative absences refer to days that contribute to the allotted number of days a student may be absent (10) days. A maximum of ten (10) days of absence for students during a school year verified by a parental note. All absences beyond the tenth day of absence will require a physician’s note.
Non-cumulative absences include:
Educational/Vacation Tours And Trips, Grades K-12
Requests by parents/guardians to have their children excused from school for educational/vacation trips must be evaluated under the authority of the Regulations of the State Board of Education, Chapter 11, Pupil Attendance, Section 11.26 “Educational Tours and Trips, Not School-Sponsored.”
Parents/Guardians are strongly encouraged to schedule family vacations with the charter school calendar in mind to ensure that students attend school a maximum number of days:
a. The student's academic standing.
b. The student's attendance record.
c. The effect the absence will have on the student's educational welfare.
d. Exceptionality of the request.
TO THE EXTENT THAT ANYTHING IN THIS POLICY COULD BE CONSTRUED TO CONFLICT WITH THE SCHOOL’S CHARTER OR APPLICABLE STATE AND/OR FEDERAL LAWS, THE APPLICABLE STATE AND/OR FEDERAL LAWS AND/OR CHARTER CONTROL.