Pickering Valley Elementary School

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 or monitored!
  • SchoolMessenger will send an automatic phone call to parents/guardians if a student has been marked absent from homeroom. If you feel the call was made in error, and that your child is actually at school, please call 610-458-5324 extension 4801 to verify.
  • If a student arrives late we need written documentation - either a doctor or parent note.   Please noteNot all lates are excused, even with a parent note. See the Parent Handbook for acceptable reasons a student may be late to school. 
  • If a student is leaving early we need written communication sent to the office the morning of the early dismissal.  Early dismissals require a Parent/Guardian signature in our student sign-out book.
  • Any time you have an emergency need for an early dismissal, please call the school at 610-458-5324 extension 4801. Please do not send early dismissal requests via email.
  • Absence notes need to be received at the school within three days of the student’s return to school.   Our attendance email, pv_attendance@dasd.org (there is an “_” between pv and attendance), 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 not be checked after 9:30am when the School Messenger sends an automatic phone call.

Reporting Absences

Email pv_attendance@dasd.org . Provide the student’s name, homeroom teacher and reason for the absence.


A signed parent/guardian excuse note or email pv_attendance@dasd.org excuse note 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 DASD Code 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.


Absence Excuse Card - you may also email pv_attendance@dasd.org to replace this excuse note

Early Dismissal Form - if your child forgot his/her note please call the school prior to 9:30 am

pv_attendance@dasd.org - email will be accepted as signed parent/guardian excuse note