F.A.Q.’s about School Attendance ABSENTEE LINE 610-627-7100 Option 2 Q: What do I need to do if my child will be absent from school? A: Call the absentee line – 610-627-7100 Option 2 – prior to 9:00 a.m. Leave your child’s name, teacher name, and the reason for the absence. You do not/should not need to notify the teacher. Q: If my child will be out more than one day, do I have to call each day? A: YES. Accounting for every child, every day, is of utmost importance to Indian Lane. Q: What follow up is needed for my child’s absence? A: Within 3 days of your child’s absence, send in a note or absence card outlining the reason for the absence. Use words other than “illness” or “sick” (e.g. sore throat). Q: What if I forget to send in an absence note? A: You have 3 days from the day your child returns to school to send in a note. You can also scan and send a note to [email protected] following the specific guidelines outlined by the District on our website. Q: What if I forget to call? A: The attendance clerk, or other staff member, will call you to verify your child’s absence. This takes time and resources, so please call before 9:00 a.m. Even if it’s the night before or very early in the morning. Q: What if my child is out for 5 consecutive days or more? A: Upon your child’s return, you need to submit an absence card AND a note from a licensed healthcare provider. Q: We’re going on a family trip. What should I do? A: Download the Pre-Planned Absence Request form from our website and submit it at least 5 days in advance of the trip. You will receive a phone call upon approval by the Principal. Submit this for FULL days only. Half days are considered just an early dismissal. Q: What if my child will be late due to a morning appointment? A: Please call the absentee line prior to 9:00 a.m. to let us know so we know your child will be late. Also, remember to get a note from the healthcare provider to bring to school. Otherwise, you will need to hand write a late note for your child’s attendance folder. Q: Why does my child have an “unlawful” (UL) absence on their record. A: All absences are treated as unlawful (UL) until the school receives a written/valid excuse within 3 days after returning from the absence. If a parent/guardian fails to provide a written/valid excuse within 3 days, the absence will remain unlawful and subject to the truancy guidelines of the PA School Code. Q: What if I need to change my child’s dismissal plans for today? A: Send in a green dismissal note on the day of the change. If you forget the note, please call the office at 610-627-7167 prior to 3:00 and we will notify your child and the teacher. ALL NOTES MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE MAIN OFFICE IN A TIMELY MANNER. PLEASE REMIND YOUR CHILD TO TURN IT IN TO THE OFFICE A.S.A.P.