Attendance & Truancy
The Office of Attendance and Truancy serves to offer training and supportive services to all members of the school community, to help improve student attendance, to account for all District students, and to comply with the compulsory school attendance laws.
The School District of Philadelphia is responsible for enforcing the compulsory school attendance laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and for properly recording student attendance and maintaining student records.
The School District is dedicated to the academic achievement and success for all students. Regular school attendance is an integral part of that success. When students attend school on a daily basis, they will not only improve their academic skills but build a greater capacity for social and emotional growth as well.
Every child needs to come to school on time, every day. It matters, as early as kindergarten. By middle and high school, poor attendance is a leading indicator of dropout. Developing the habit of attendance prepares students for success on the job and in life.
Excused and unexcused absences add up fast – and equal academic problems. Students are at risk academically if they miss 18 days, or 10% of the school year. Even sporadic absences matter. Just one or two days a month can add up to a chronic problem that affects a student’s success in the present and the future.