Red Book

Each fall all families receive a copy of the Red Book, the PMFS School Handbook and Directory. For your convenience the handbook section from 2019-20 is linked here.

Some of the most commonly referred to sections are highlighted here:

Health Guidelines

Valid for 2019-20

Use the following health guidelines to support children in staying healthy and learning best practices for preventing the spread of common illnesses.

Help a child to remember to:

  • Wash his or her hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching his or her eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or his or her elbow
  • Dress appropriately for the cold weather with layers, jackets, scarves, hats, mittens or gloves and snow or rain boots

Illness

If a child becomes ill during the day, the school will call parents, followed by alternate emergency contacts as the situation warrants, until an authorized adult is reached. Ill children must be picked up from school.

Following an illness, children may only return to school once they have been fever-free and not vomited for 24 hours. A note from the child’s physician is needed for a child to return to school from any illness that lasts longer than three days or that is reportable to the Pennsylvania Department of Health (e.g., chicken pox, pertussis).

Guidelines for When A Child Should Stay Home

Vomiting or DiarrheaA child should remain home until 24 hours after he or she is able to eat and drink without any vomiting or diarrhea.
Fever of 100F or higherA child should remain home until he or she is fever-free for 24 hours.
CoughingA child should remain home if the cough is uncontrollable or frequent enough to interfere with his or her ability to participate fully in the school day.
Conjunctivitis (pink eye)A child should remain home until he or she has been undergoing treatment for 24 hours.
Strep ThroatA child should remain home until he or she has been on antibiotics for 24 hours.
Sore ThroatIf a child has a sore throat accompanied by a fever or unexplained rash, call the child’s healthcare provider. Most sore throats are caused by viruses which simply need time and rest for recovery. Strep throat, however, can be more serious and requires antibiotic treatment following diagnosis by a healthcare provider.

Contact the Main Office before 9:00am to report an absence.

Attendance and Absence Policy

Valid for 2019-20

Absences

Regular attendance is necessary for academic success and required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Parents are expected to contact the Main Office by 9:00 am on the date of an absence or late arrival. This is important for the safety of all PMFS students.  Homework requests should be made during the call or email reporting absence or lateness.

Absence, late arrival, and early dismissal from school will be excused with a written note or email (to teacher and office) for the following reasons:

  • Illness
  • Medical appointment
  • Religious holiday
  • Impassable roads
  • Other urgent reasons including court appearance or death in the family
  • Family educational trip (prior approval required by the Head of School; see below for more information)

Parents must make requests for an excused absence due to an educational trip in writing to the Head of School at least two weeks prior to the trip. The request must state the educational purpose the trip serves for the student. Parents are responsible for making sure a child completes schoolwork during his or her absence from school. If the request is not received and granted, any absence will be considered unexcused and noted on the student’s record (Kindergarten through Sixth Grade).

For all other absences, late arrivals, early dismissals to be excused, parents must inform the school (teacher and Main Office) in writing or by email of the absence and the reason for the absenceThis written document must be turned in to school by the date of the child’s return to school in order for the absence to be marked as excused. After more than three (3) consecutive days of illness, a physician’s statement will be necessary for the child to return to school.

The school has generous break schedules throughout the year and expects family vacations to be scheduled around these dates.

As per Pennsylvania state law, students in grades Kindergarten through Sixth Grade who are absent for more than three (3) consecutive school days without an excuse will be reported to the Colonial School District Superintendent. After ten (10) cumulative absences in a year, the school may require parents to provide a physician’s statement for all subsequent absences in a school year.

Late Arrival

Kindergarten through Sixth Grade classrooms open at 7:45 am. Students in those grades who arrive more than ten (10) minutes after the 8:00 am start of the school day will be marked late, unless there is a written excuse from a parent or physician with one of the acceptable reasons listed above. Students arriving after 8:00 am must report to the Main Office.

Students who arrive late due to district busing issues will not be marked as late.

Early Departure

Parents should notify the Main Office in advance of a planned early departure. Students and parents should check in with the Main Office before leaving school.

Record-Keeping

Students are expected to attend school every day. School absence and lateness are included in the student’s permanent record and in each (Kindergarten through Sixth Grade) progress report.