Compulsory Attendance and Cumulative Lawful Absence

Recent changes in the Pennsylvania laws regarding compulsory attendance and cumulative absence have been implemented in the Colonial School District. It is mandatory for all children of compulsory school age, who have a legal residence in Pennsylvania, to attend school every day. Considered as lawful absences are student illness, family emergency, religious holidays, medical or dental appointments and educational travel with prior approval of the principal. A written excuse from the parent is required explaining the reason for the absence.

A maximum of ten (10) days of cumulative lawful absences, verified by written parental notification, may be permitted during a school year. Included in the 10 days are any family educational trips receiving approval. All absences beyond ten (10) cumulative days require a written excuse from a physician.

Further information about these changes can be found in the student/parent handbooks or the District brochure, “Compulsory Attendance and Truancy Elimination Plan”, which is located in the links in the right column on this page.

NOTE: During the COVID-19 pandemic, you may have questions or concerns about your child staying home from in-person learning. If you are in doubt, please keep your child home to participate in virtual learning and contact your school nurse for further guidance.

Click here for the phone numbers of the school nurses. 


Click on the name to go to the corresponding online form.

Plymouth Whitemarsh High School

Colonial Middle School

Colonial Elementary


Conshohocken Elementary

Plymouth Elementary

Ridge Park Elementary

Whitemarsh Elementary 

If you'd like to print any of these forms to complete and send in to school with your child, click here.