Attendance & Truancy
Dear Parents/Guardians and Scholars,
At Chester Community Charter School (CCCS) a major point of emphasis is placed on student attendance. For your convenience, CCCS offers an online absence portal on our website which directly communicates parents to our Attendance Department. CCCS looks to partner with parents and scholars as we strive to meet our school wide attendance goal of 95%. Please utilize our website for additional information, view our attendance policy and to access all our online forms.
As the appointed attendance officer for the Chester Community Charter School, I have repeatedly come in contact with parents/guardians and students who express confusion about Pennsylvania attendance procedures and school attendance policies. With a better understanding of these regulations, one can make informed decisions and avoid many of the issues that result from truancy.
The Chester Community Charter School enforces the Student Compulsory Attendance and Truancy Elimination Plan that was passed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on August 8, 2006 (Basic Education Circular (BEC) 24 P.S. 13-1327). The Department of Education and all school schools in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are obligated to comply with State and Federal requirements for student attendance and truancy and maintain attendance records for all students.
Please review the FAQs below and feel free to contact me if you have further questions regarding attendance.
Mr. Jerome Hardaway
Director of Attendance & Truancy
(610) 447-0400 ext.1219
Policies & Guidelines
- CCCS Student Attendance Handbook (PDF)
- CCCS Student Attendance and Punctuality Policy (PDF)
- CCCS Attendance Guidelines (PDF)
- CCCS Virtual Learning Attendance Protocols (PDF)
- Who is the CCCS Attendance Officer? What does an Attendance Officer do?
- What does compulsory attendance mean?
- What are excused absences?
- What are unexcused absences?
- How many days do I have to turn in an excuse after my child returns to school?
- Do I need to send an excuse when the school nurse or administrator sends my child home?
- We have planned a family vacation. Can these days be excused?
- Why am I receiving letters regarding unlawful absences?
- I received a Physician Certificate Letter (PCO). Does my child need to be seen by a doctor in order to avoid an unlawful absence? What happens if I can not get an appointment?
- My child is an honor roll student. Does this make them exempt from attendance letters?
- I just received a notice from the School Magistrate that I’ve been fined for truancy. What does this mean?
- If my child is not of compulsory school age, why must I still provide an excuse?