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Attendance

Attendance Overview

Compulsory attendance becomes effective when a student enters school for the first time, which shall not be later than six years old, and continues until the student becomes 18 years of age.

Any time a student is absent from school, a written excuse, including the following information, must be sent to the child's teacher within three days:

  • The child’s first and last name

  • Teacher’s name

  • Date of the absence

  • Reason for the absence 

  • Legible signature

Excuses can be submitted to the form found on our PVI website under the Attendance tab, by emailing pviattendance@pvbears.org, or sending in a hand written note.  Absences shall be treated as unlawful until the district receives a written excuse explaining the absence, to be submitted within three (3) days of the absence. Any questions pertaining to attendance should be emailed to pviattendance@pvbears.org

When a student has been absent for three (3) days during the current school year without a lawful excuse, district staff shall provide notice to the person in parental relation who resides in the same household as the student within ten (10) school days of the student's third unlawful absence.

Absences shall be treated as unlawful until the district receives a written excuse explaining the absence, to be submitted within three (3) days of the absence.

A maximum of six (6) days of cumulative lawful absences verified by parental notification shall be permitted during a school year. All absences beyond ten (10) cumulative days shall require an excuse from a licensed practitioner of the healing arts.

The following conditions or situations constitute reasonable cause for absence from school:

  1. Illness, including if a student is dismissed by designated district staff during school hours for health-related reasons.

  2. Obtaining professional health care or therapy service rendered by a licensed practitioner of the healing arts in any state, commonwealth or territory.

  3. Quarantine.

  4. Family emergency.

  5. Recovery from accident.

  6. Required court attendance.

  7. Death in family.

  8. Participation in a project sponsored by a statewide or countywide 4-H, FFA or combined 4-H and FFA group, upon prior written request.

  9. Participation in a musical performance in conjunction with a national veterans’ organization or incorporated unit, as defined in law, for an event or funeral.

    1. The national veterans’ organization or incorporated unit must provide the student with a signed excuse, which shall include the date, location, and time of the event or funeral.

    2. The student shall furnish the signed excuse to the district prior to being excused from school.

  10. Observance of a religious holiday observed by a bona fide religious group, upon prior written request from the person in parental relation.

  11. Non School-sponsored educational tours or trips, if the following conditions are met:

    1. The person in parental relation submits the required documentation for excusal prior to the absence, within the appropriate timeframe.

    2. The student's participation has been approved by the Superintendent or designee.

    3. The adult directing and supervising the tour or trip is acceptable to the person in parental relation and the Superintendent.

  12. College or postsecondary institution visit, with prior approval.

  13. Other urgent reasons that may reasonably cause a student’s absence, as well as circumstances related to homelessness and foster care.

The district may limit the number and duration of non-school sponsored educational tours or trips, college or postsecondary institution visits for which excused absences may be granted to a student during the school year.