To the Parents/Guardians of Shaler Area Middle School
This year, Take Your Child to Work Day falls on Thursday, April 27, 2017. We recognize families' desire to take advantage of this opportunity and would like to outline Policy 204.1, which follows this letter.
As per Policy 204.1, Section 9. Take Your Child to Work Day shall not be considered an educational trip or tour unless the parent is able to provide sufficient documentation of how the activities planned during the day will provide justifiable educational purpose. If you and your family plan to take advantage of Take Your Child to Work Day, please ensure that you or your student submits a written excuse along with sufficient documentation.
If the absence is approved, the student's absence will count against the absence limit it will be considered excused.
If the absence is denied, the student's absence will be considered a vacation request and this day will count against the absence limit.
As per Policy 204.1, all schoolwork missed during the approved trip shall be made up on the "initiative of the student and the reasonable convenience of the teacher." Students with poor academic records and/or poor attendance will not be considered.
Parents should also be advised that Thursday, April 27, falls during the PSSA testing period.
We hope you take the time to thoughtfully consider the benefits of participating in Take Your Child to Work Day, and welcome you to submit a written excuse with sufficient documentation, if you feel it would provide your child with a valuable experience.
SHALER AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT No: 204.1 SECTION: PUPILS TITLE: STUDENT EDUCATIONAL TOURS AND TRIPS ADOPTED: MAY 20, 1998 REVISED: AUGUST 17, 2011 Page 1 of 2
204.1. STUDENT EDUCATIONAL TOURS AND TRIPS
Upon receipt of a written request from the parent involved, pupils may be excused from school attendance to participate in an educational tour or trip provided during the school term at the expense of the parents when such a tour or trip is so determined by the building principal, at his/her sole discretion, to serve a justifiable educational purpose under the circumstances, and pupil participants therein are subject to direction and supervision by an adult acceptable to the building principal and to the parents of the pupils concerned.
The School District will consider one (1) trip request each school year for a maximum of five (5) consecutive school days, subject to the following conditions:
1. Educational tours or trips will be considered for approval if the building principal determines that such tour or trip will be of educational significance to the student. In order for the building principal to make such a determination, the parent shall provide a written request for excusal which shall indicate the days to be missed, the destination of the tour or trip, and the reason why the tour or trip could not be taken on days when school is not in session.
2. Unless some emergency arises, such requests shall be made at least two (2) weeks prior to the date of the tour or trip.
3. Unless some unusual family circumstances exists, such tours shall not be approved during the final two (2) weeks of the school term or during critical testing days.
4. Students with poor academic records, and/or poor attendance will not be considered.
5. All school work missed during the approved tour or trip shall be made up on the "initiative of the student and the reasonable convenience of the teacher."
6. It is not the intent of this policy to grant excused absences for tours or trips to local points of interest, attendance at sports events, hunting or fishing trips, shopping trips, limited family functions, or solely to accompany the family on vacation.
7. If the principal denies a student's educational tour or trip and the student still leaves, the student will receive an unexcused absence, which will