Student Absence Protocol
Regular and punctual school and class attendance is essential to a student’s educational success. Students are expected to attend school every day unless they have an excused absence.  Maine law and School Board policy JE define excused absences as follows: 

  1. personal illness
  2. an appointment with a health professional that must be made during the school day
  3. observance of a religious holiday
  4. a family emergency
  5. a planned absence for a personal or educational purpose which has been approved in advance by the school.
  6. educational disruption as defined in Maine law
If your student is absent you will need to send them in with a handwritten note for the front office when they return. You do not need to call or email the day of. 

Student Dismissal Protocol:
If your student needs to be dismissed you must send a handwritten note with your student. We do not accept phone calls or emails. If you are coming to pick them up and they do not have a note, you will need to come into the front office and bring identification with you.

Closings & Delays:
PATHS follows the Portland Public Schools closings and delays. If the district your student attends is closed and Portland remains open, your student will receive an excused absence.