Once your child enters kindergarten, school attendance is required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. If your child must miss school, a written excuse that includes his or her full name, the date of the absence, the reason for the absence and a parent signature is required. Pennsylvania is mandating that we schedule meetings with parents/guardians once a child has three (3) or more unexcused absences.
For your convenience, here are links to multi-purpose excuse forms.
Multi-purpose student excuse form for absence or tardiness>
Multi-purpose student dismissal form>
As parents and legal guardians, you are encouraged to schedule vacations at times other than on the days that our schools are in session. Cooperatively, we have an important role in stressing the value of education to our children. If, however, an application for a Waiver of Compulsory Attendance (Vacation Form) must be submitted, parents/guardians and students should plan carefully. Please plan ahead so that absences do not occur during important educational periods. The absence should not exceed 5 school days in length. It is imperative the application be submitted to a building principal two weeks in advance of the date for which approval is requested per Board Policy 204. Thank you for your cooperation!
Checking Your Child's Attendance
Parents can check their child's attendance record in Tyler at any time. It's a good idea to check in from time to time to confirm your child's attendance is documented accurately. It is possible that a note you thought you sent may have been lost in transit… or is at the bottom of your child’s backpack.
You can check your child's attendance in the Tyler Mobile App or by using an internet browser.
Click for a "how to check attendance" guide>
If your child has an unexcused absence (marked “UA” in Tyler), please look at the date to determine whether or not this is accurate. While we hope to have all children in school every day, there are instances where an absence is permitted, such as illness, recovery from an accident, death of a family member or unavoidable family emergency. If you believe your child’s absence should be excused, please send a note to the main office or attendance office of your child’s school immediately.
If your child needs assistance getting to school, please contact the building principal or Kimberly Succop, the Butler Area School District Home/ School Visitor, at firstname.lastname@example.org. These individuals will work with your family to make an attendance improvement plan for the benefit of your child.