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Regular daily attendance is very important in order to do good work at school. Students should come to school on time every day unless they are sick. Please note the following attendance guidelines and rules:


School begins at 8:50 a.m. Any student who arrives after 8:50 a.m. must report directly to the office upon arrival at school and be signed in before proceeding to his or her homebase class. Repeated tardiness will result in disciplinary action.


A student entering or leaving the school building for any special reason during regular school hours is required to sign in/out in the main office. A written request from the student’s parent or guardian stating the exact time and reason for leaving early or arriving late must be presented to the office. The parent or guardian must come into the school office to sign out his or her child.

Attendance will be recorded as follows:
Arrival before 10:30 a.m. – TARDY
Arrival at 10:30 a.m. or later – HALF-DAY ABSENCE
Dismissal before 2 p.m. – HALF-DAY ABSENCE
Dismissal at 2 p.m. or later – NO ABSENCE


Regular medical and dental care appointments should be scheduled so that they do not conflict with school hours. However, because we know that this is not always possible, we require parental requests the day before or the morning of the appointment. The parent or guardian must sign out the student in the main office. Students are not permitted to leave the building wihtout a parent or guardian.

Note: Any absence for an appointment of 90 minutes or longer will be counted as a half-day excused absence.



Parents are expected to call the office in the early morning to inform the school of your child’s absence. Homework may be requested before 10:30 a.m.

Calling Procedure:

    1. Dial 610-775-5083 for the Intermediate School main office
    2. Press “1” to report your child’s absence or tardiness
    3. You will then be asked to provide your child’s name, grade, homebase teacher, your relationship to the child and the reason for absence or tardiness.
    4. Select one of the homework request options:
      • Option 1 – You will pick up the homework from the main office between 3:30-4:30 p.m.
      • Option 2 – Request that the homework be sent home with another GMIS student (Please state the name and teacher of the student who is to bring home the work)


      Download the GMIS Excuse Note here

      When a student is absent from school for less than three days, the district requires that the student give a written excuse to his or her teacher upon the student’s return to school. State law requires the submission of a written excuse within three days of an absence. If no excuse is received, the absence will be considered unlawful.

        • The excuse should contain the following information:
        • The date the note is written
        • Student’s name
        • Date of absence
        • Reason for absence
        • Signature of parent or guardian

      When a student is absent for three or more consecutive days, the student is required to submit a doctor’s note. Please forward a doctor’s note to school within three days of the student’s return in order for the absence to be excused. Your physician may fax a note to GMIS at the following fax #: 610-685-3761. If the school does not receive a doctor’s note, the absence will be considered unlawful.


      Under Pennsylvania law, students are allowed three days of unlawful absences before the district must take legal action. After the third day the district is required to file “First Notice of Unlawful Absence” which notifes parents that subsequent unlawful absences could subject them to legal action and a possible fine.


      An accumulation of absences, regardless of excuse, could result in a violation of the compulsory attendance laws and a citation at the district justice level. Doctor notes may be required for all absences if a student is excessively absent from school. Parents will be notified when doctor excuses are required.


      If you know your child/children will be absent from school due to an upcoming event or trip, please fill the following form: Request for Excused Absence From School for a Pre-Planned Educational Tour or Trip. A single form will suffice for multiple children in the family. The form must be submitted to the oldest child’s school principal ten days before the trip.

      Note: Governor Mifflin School District will approve education trips up to a maximum of five school days per student per school year. No trip will be approved for excused absences after the trip has been taken. If a trip occurs during PSSA or Keystone Testing, the dates will be considered unexcused for those assigned to take the test. 

      If you have any trouble downloading this form, hard copies are available from all school offices and the Education Center. You may also request that the form be sent home with your child. Once submitted, the form must be approved by the building principal(s) and the Director of Instructional and Pupil Services. You will receive a response in the mail as to whether or not the absence is approved.

      >> Download the “Request for Excused Absence” form here.