Attendance at Delone Catholic
Every student should strive for perfect attendance. Only by being in school every school day can a student gain the maximum from his/her school years. Since daily recitation and explanation of matter by the teacher are essential in our educational system, an absence of even one day may, understandably, result in lowered grades. A student who participates in a school-sponsored activity on a school day will not be marked absent.
- When a student is absent from school, he/she must have a parent or guardian call the school the same day between 7:30-8:30 a.m., or leave a message on voicemail before 7:30 a.m., to indicate the reason for that absence. If the parents do not call the school, they will be contacted. Calls from students are not accepted.
- The physical well-being of the student is the concern of both school and parent. As soon as a student returns to school after an absence, he/she must present to the Dean of Students a note signed by the parent or guardian explaining the reason for the absence and the number of days missed giving exact dates. If a student does not bring an excuse, he/she is subject to the discipline code. Cooperation in this matter is essential because of state laws governing school attendance. For an absence of more than three consecutive days, a doctor's certificate is also required.
- Pennsylvania School Law states that "excused" absences include the following: illness, family emergencies, prearranged and approved doctor and dentist appointments, school scheduled student educational trips and authorized school activities.
- The principal of DCHS has no power to grant permission to a student to be absent from school for a reason which the Commonwealth does not recognize as legitimate. It is the parents who are answerable to the state authorities for an illegal absence.
- Because of the Pennsylvania State's Compulsory School Attendance Law, the attendance of students at DCHS is subject to the supervision of the attendance officers of the various school districts. Consequently, illegitimate or unreported absences of DCHS students must be referred by DCHS to the proper public authority. Therefore, it is very important that a legitimate reason for absence be made known to the Dean of Students by a note signed by a parent.
- Students absent from classes for any reason have full responsibility for covering material missed. In order to be properly briefed on subject matter missed, the student should seek the assistance of the teacher or a fellow student. Students have the obligation to make arrangements with the teachers the day that they return to take any tests or quizzes missed during an excused absence within one cycle. Make-up work will be collected from teachers for absences of three days or more, but only if parents call and officially request that this be done. A 24-hour notice is required for teachers to prepare make-up assignments. Please check the parent portal first for assignments.
- Students who participate in or attend inter-scholastic events or other school sponsored activities must be present in classes the day of the activity or event. Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action. Admittance to or participation in the event will not be granted.
When a student is absent more than six days in a marking period, the parents of the student must meet with the Dean of Students to discuss the student’s attendance and academic records. By Delone Catholic High School standards, 24 days absence is sufficient to warrant repeating the school year. The matter is to be decided by the administration. Taken into consideration will be the frequency of absence, attempts to make up work missed during absences, etc. In the case of chronic irregular absence involving ten days, the administration will request a physician’s statement regarding the general health of the student and a doctor’s statement from the registered family physician for each absence. Students 8 consistently absent on specific class test days can be denied the opportunity of taking the test and will receive a zero for the test.
- Funerals - Permission for a student to attend the funeral of a friend, neighbor, or a family member of a fellow student should be requested in writing by the student's parent(s) or guardian one day before the burial. Please see the Dean of Students to complete the necessary form. In the case of the death of a DCHS student, the pastor will be consulted about the school's participation in funeral arrangements.
- Dental and Doctor Appointments - As much as possible, dental and doctor appointments should be made after school hours. If the appointment occurs during school hours, a signed card from the dentist or doctor indicating the exact time the appointment was completed must be presented to the Dean of Students upon the student's arrival at school and a late slip received in exchange. Failure to conform to this rule will jeopardize future extension of the privilege to the offending student. A student should inform the dentist and doctor of this policy. A note from the parent should be written to the Dean of Students the day before the appointment is scheduled. The student's name will then appear on the absentee list indicating the reason for absence from class(es).
- College Visitation - Students who wish to visit a college or trade school should present a note of permission from parents to the Dean of Students and notify subject teachers ahead of time. When the student returns from a school visit, he/she must bring a note from the college verifying that the student actually visited the school. This note should be signed by a school official and should include the date of the visit. Absences for educational experiences will be limited to four per year. College Visit Notification Form
- Family Trips – Students are permitted two family trips, not exceeding five school days in total. Students must present a note of request two weeks prior to the trip, unless an unforeseen circumstance, e.g. funeral, to the Dean of Students who will issue a Family Trip Request Form. Parents are to sign the form completing all requested information. The student then presents the form to each of his/her teachers for a signature noting approval or disapproval of the trip. The completed form is to be returned to the Dean of Students. A copy will be given to the student for the parent.
If procedure is not followed, absences will be considered as unexcused absences. Consequences will follow accordingly. All missed classwork and homework must be handed in on the day of return to school. Tests are required to be made up within three days of return. The student is required to make these arrangements on the day of return with each teacher. Teachers may require that an announced test be completed before leaving on the trip.
The Public School Code of the State of Pennsylvania requires that every child of compulsory school age having a legal residence in this Commonwealth attend a school in which the subjects and activities prescribed by the standards of the State Board of Education are taught in the English language. Delone Catholic High School meets these standards. Legal school age in Pennsylvania is 17. To discontinue school before then, a person must have permission from the public school authorities in the school district where he/she resides. If a student or his/her parent indicates a desire for that student to leave DCHS, either as a matter of transfer or termination, the student shall report to the Director of Guidance. A counseling session with one of the school counselors will clarify the reasons for withdrawal as well as explore alternatives available to the student and parents. The student will then be referred directly to the principal. Whenever a student wishes to terminate his/her formal education at Delone before age 17, DCHS will notify the appropriate public school authorities.