Attendance & Truancy

Welcome to ELC’s portal for all things attendance and truancy. Below you’ll find links to parent resources, publications, and media relating to absenteeism and truancy in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania.

ATTENDANCE MATTERS

Chronic absenteeism and truancy is a critical issue in schools across our country, and Pennsylvania is no exception. Chronic absenteeism has been associated with negative educational and life outcomes for students. Attendance in school everyday is crucial to student success!

Click here to learn about why attendance matters.

LEARN YOUR RIGHTS

Truancy charges can result in fines, suspension of driving privileges, jail, and child welfare referrals, which can lead to the removal of habitually truant children from their homes. It is essential that students and parents know their rights and responsibilities under the law.

Click here to learn about students’ and parents’ rights.

A JUDGE’S GUIDE TO TRUANCY

This fact sheet is intended as a resource for magisterial district judges and other practitioners across the Commonwealth to understand best practices in adjudicating truancy matters and changes to the School Code under Act 138.