Absence procedure

We ask that the student’s parent/guardian notify SVRCS whenever the student will be absent.  You can inform us of their absence by sending us an email at or calling us at 570-725-7822.


Excused Absences

Every SVRCS day is a valuable day. Interaction with teachers and classmates makes each day a unique learning opportunity. Regular attendance will aid students in successful academic work.  If a student must be absent these procedures must be followed: 

  • A parent/guardian must call the school between 7:30 AM and 8:30 AM if the student is going to be absent from school due to illness, medical or family emergency.   Voicemail is available when the Central Office is closed for the day.
  • SVRCS must have a written parent/guardian confirmation excuse for all absences the day the student returns to school.  (No more than three days after the last date of absence.)
  • If no written excuse is received in the office by the third day after the student returns, the student is considered unexcused.  This applies even if a student has visited a physician or is under a doctor’s care.
  • Following ten cumulative days of absence of any kind, a doctor’s excuse is required for all absences.  Any absence of greater than ten days without a doctor’s excuse will be considered unlawful. 
  • SVRCS may contact appropriate individuals to verify excuses.  Only information related to the absence will be requested during these contacts.
  • Forms should be obtained in the office for educational family trips, foreseen absences, or scheduled medical appointments. 
  • The law stipulates that the following reasons are considered to be excused absences:
  • Illness of the student
  • Death in the immediate family (Up to 3 days)
  • Quarantine
  • Emergency directly affecting the student
  • Recovery from an accident or surgery
  • Court requirements
  • Religious holidays
  • Approved educational trips
  • Out of school suspensions
  • Any student participating in an extra-curricular activity on a given school day must be in attendance by 11:30 am in order to practice or participate. Also, if the activity is on a Saturday (such as Prom) or Sunday, they must be in school by 11:30 am on the Friday prior to the activity.
  • Only those students emancipated by the court may sign their own excuses, permission slips, and departures from school.

Unexcused Absences

The law stipulates that the following reasons are considered to be unexcused absences:

  • Vehicle problems
  • Vacations
  • Missing the bus
  • Oversleeping
  • Helping family members/ babysitting 

Habitual Absences/ Truancy

A student who has accumulated three or more unexcused absences will be considered to be a habitual truant and the following consequences will occur:

  • The SVRCS Administration will mail the parent/guardian a certified letter indicating accrued unexcused absences.
  • After the letter has been sent, the SVRCS Administration will notify the child’s home school district where the absences will be forwarded to the local magistrate. Each succeeding unexcused absence will be handled in the same manner.
  • SRVCS reserves the right to contact the local Children and Youth Services concerning poor or inconsistent attendance.


Excessive Absences In A School Year

  • Any student (K-12) who is absent for the equivalent of 30 or more school days in an individual year will fail all of their full-year classes for that school year. Additionally, students missing the equivalent of 20 or more school days within a given semester will fail all of their semester-length classes for that term.
  • The CEO may approve exceptions to this policy for students with extenuating circumstances.


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