Franklin Regional School District Attendance Guidelines

Franklin Regional School District Attendance Guidelines
School attendance

Excused Absences

  • According to School Board policy, a parent(s)/guardian(s) may excuse their child for up to ten (10), non-medically related school days. 
  • The excuse MUST be submitted within three (3) days of the absence in order for the absence to qualify as excused.
  • Education travel (maximum of five (5) days per school year), counts toward the parent(s)/guardian(s) excused 10 days.  You can access the Educational Travel Guidelines on the Franklin Regional School District website.
  • Exceeding 10 parent(s)/guardian(s) excused days may result in a citation filing with the magistrate.
  • To help to maintain record accuracy, the school will notify parent(s)/guardian(s) via letter after the benchmark absences of five (5) days, seven (7) days and then again should the child reach ten (10) days with an excuse from a parent/guardian.
  • Upon reaching ten (10) excused absence days, the parents/guardians will be invited to attend a Truancy Elimination Plan (TEP) meeting to develop a plan to improve the student’s attendance.
  • Medical documentation is an excused absence that is not included in the ten (10 days that parent(s)/guardian(s) may excuse their child. There must be written documentation from a physician within the three (3) school days following the absence for the absence to qualify as medically excused.

Unexcused Absences

  • A 1st Notice unexcused/illegal absence letter will be issued to parent(s)/guardian(s) if a student does NOT submit a valid excuse within three (3) school days of an absence. The child’s school will mark the absence as unexcused in eSchool.
  • A 2nd Notice unexcused/illegal absence letter will be issued to parent(s)/guardian(s) if a student does NOT submit a valid excuse within three (3) school days of an absence following the first unexcused absence during the school year. The child’s school will mark the absence as unexcused in eSchool.
  • A 3rd Notice letter will be issued via certified mail upon a third unexcused/illegal absence. The parent(s)/guardian(s) will be invited to attend a Truancy Elimination Plan (TEP) meeting to develop a plan to improve the student’s attendance.
  • If there would be failure to follow the guidelines set forth in the TEP action plan, the school will file   a citation with the magistrate following the fourth unexcused and contact the Westmoreland County Children’s Bureau as required following the fourth unexcused absence and TEP meeting, if applicable.
  • Any additional unexcused/illegal absence after the first citation filing with the magistrate will be directly referred to the magistrate with additional notification sent to the parent(s)/guardian(s).
  • Note: There is a new, district-wide absence excuse form available on the district website. Please visit www.franklinregional.k12.pa.us to download the School Absence Excuse Form.