Downingtown High School West

General Attendance Information:

PA state law requires written documentation anytime a student is not at school.

·        Calls to the attendance hotline are no longer required but can be made to 610-269-4400 x7598.

·        School Messenger will send an automatic phone call to parents/guardians if a student has been marked absent from the first three periods. If you feel the call was made in error, and that your child is actually at school, please call 610-269-4400 extension 7530 or 7534 to verify.  If a student arrives late we need written documentation - either a doctor or parent note. Please note: Not all lates are excused, even with a parent note. See the Student Agenda Book for acceptable reasons a student may be late to school. All notes are due within one date of the late.

·        If a student is leaving early, we need written communication sent to the office the morning of the early dismissal.

·        Any time you have an emergency need for an early dismissal, please call the school at 610-269-4400 extension 7530 or 7534.

·        Absence notes need to be received at the school within three days of the student’s return to school. The attendance email is dwattendance@dasd.org and may be used for absence notes. If you send an email for the absence note, do not also send a written note.

·        Attendance email will be checked daily.

Reporting Absences

To report your student absence, email dwattendance@dasd.org.  Provide the student’s name, homeroom teacher and reason for the absence.  A signed parent/guardian excuse note or an email excuse note to dwattendance@dasd.org must be returned within 3 days of the student absence or the absence will be marked unexcused and/or illegal. A physician's excuse is required for any consecutive absence of more than 3 school days. Please refer to DASDCode of Student Conduct 7.16.14.

Please email your child's teacher(s) for homework assignments if your child has been absent 3 or more consecutive days.

Click here to download a copy of the District’s Absence Excuse Card.  You may also email dwattendance@dasd.org as a replacement for this excuse card.  If your child forgot his/her note for an early dismissal, please call the school or send an email to dwattendance@dasd.org.   An email will be accepted as signed parent/guardian excuse note.  A copy of the Early Dismissal form can be found by clicking on “Early Dismissal Form”.

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