The purpose of having attendance guidelines is to ensure that PHS students experience academic growth and success, maintain a strong attendance record, and comply with Maine school attendance laws. PHS recognizes the critical relationship between consistent school attendance and academic achievement. The direct instruction, targeted academic support, enrichment activities, group discussions and explorations, and ongoing assessments that take place in classes are essential components of the educational process.
At PHS, daily attendance is taken promptly at 8:40AM and throughout the school day, attendance is taken at the start of each class. Students who are absent must make sure that a parent/guardian notifies the school by phone between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. If circumstances prohibit a parent/guardian from making a phone call, a note or email excusing the absence will be accepted within twenty-four (24) hours of the absence day.
Students attending appointments during the school day must bring documentation of the appointment to the Main Office. Students are expected to partner with their teachers to arrange and complete make-up work from time out of school and teachers are authorized to establish deadlines for submissions of make-up work and failure of the student to meet such deadlines may result in loss of credit for the assignment(s).