Attendance, ESAP, and Bullly Prevention Resources

BTSD ATTENDANCE GUIDELINES

BTSD is committed to increasing our student’s attendance in school.  Frequent absences of students disrupts the continuity of instruction in the classroom.

STRIVE FOR less than 5 Absences. :) 

PA Truancy Law:

  1. The first 10 absences in the school year MAY be excused by a parent/guardian note OR a healthcare provider.
  2. After 10 absences, a DR NOTE WILL BE REQUIRED for each additional absence for the remainder of the school year.
  3. Absences shall be considered unexcused until a written note is received by the attendance secretary within 10 school days.  
  4. Notes that are received after the 10 day deadline may be considered by the attendance committee for extenuating circumstances. 

Procedures:

  1. After the third unexcused absence (no note within 10 school days), parent/guardian will receive a warning letter from their child's school.  Along with the letter will be an invitation to attend a "School Attendance Improvement Conference."
  2. At the "School Attendance Improvement Conference," a plan will be developed to identify resources and strategies for improving the student's attendance.
  3. If the unexcused absences continue, referrals to an attendance program or Bucks County Children and Youth will be made.
  4. Continued unexcused absences will result in a citation in front of a District Magistrate.

    For more information, please contact Leslie Rothberg, Home and School Visitor, at 267-599-2039 or Leslie.Rothberg@bristoltwpsd.org

** Mill Creek Elementary's school day is from 8:50 – 3:15 p.m.  If you have any questions/concerns, please contact Joy McDonald at 267-599-2440 or through email Joy.StickneyMcDonald@bristoltwpsd.org.  

For more information on the importance of attendance, please visit "Attendance Works."
http://www.attendanceworks.org/
  "Attendance Works" is a national and state initiative that promotes better policy and practice around school attendance.  


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ELEMENTARY STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (ESAP)

OUR PROGRAM:

Mill Creek’s ESAP team is comprised of trained school personnel and a member from “Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Council.”  Our team helps identify and intervene with students who are experiencing difficulty being successful in school.  Our team is available to help students and families access school and community services for academic, social, and/or emotional needs.  The program does not diagnose or treat students. 

OUR MISSION:

The ESAP team is committed to the utmost confidentiality in all aspects of the intervention process.  Matters brought before the team will not be shared outside of the team unless there is a professional/parental need to know.  Parent permission is obtained before any student is interviewed by a team member.

WHO MAY SEEK HELP:

Any student enrolled in Mill Creek Elementary School may seek help through the Student Assistance Program.

HOW TO MAKE A REFERRAL:

Students are referred to the program by teachers, parents, administrators, and school staff.  Mill Creek staff may submit referrals in the locked ESAP box located in the mail room.  Parent/guardian referrals may be made to Lauren Kradoska, the school counselor, or Joy McDonald, the school social worker, at 267-599-2440. 

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER A STUDENT IS REFERRED:

After a student is referred to the SAP team, factual information is compiled regarding the student’s behavior, academics, attendance, and appearance.  The team reviews this information and determines the level of concern.  Parent(s) are contacted when necessary and a meeting is scheduled to discuss the findings with the parent.  An action plan is then developed by the team.

PARENT INFORMATION:

  • Pennsylvania Department of Education Student Assistance Program’s Website:  http://www.sap.state.pa.us/
  • Mill Creek’s School Counselor:  Lauren Kradoska 267-599-2440 ext. 2447
  • Mill Creek’s School Social Worker:  Joy McDonald 267-599-2440 ext. 3256


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BULLY PREVENTION RESOURCES


1)  The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Office for Safe Schools bullying prevention webpage contains resources for parents, educators and professionals serving youth in school and out-of-school time settings.
http://www.education.pa.gov/K-12/Safe%20Schools/Pages/Bullying-Prevention.aspx#tab-1

 2)  PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center includes a toolkit for National Bullying Prevention Month.  http://www.pacer.org/bullying/nbpm/

 
3)  Stop Bullying.Gov is a federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and contains links to the kids homepage, facts, what you can do and kids videos, games.

http://www.stopbullying.gov/blog/2013/09/30/month-learning-bullying-prevention-awareness-month

http://www.stopbullying.gov/kids/webisodes/ 

4)  PA Bullying Prevention Consultation Line:  1-866-716-0424

Messages can be left 24 hour a day, seven days a week, and will be returned Monday-Friday during normal business hours.  The Bullying Prevention Consultation Line is a toll free number that will allow individuals experiencing chronic and unresolved bullying to discuss effective strategies and available resources to deal with school-based bullying; and is available, to students, parents/guardians and school districts across the state of Pennsylvania.

5)  Promoting Safe and Supportive Schools:  A bully prevention and intervention toolkit

http://beyondthebully.com

6)  Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA).  Education, advocacy, and counseling. 1-800-675-6900

http://www.novabucks.org