New Attendance Reporting Practices
Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) has implemented new attendance reporting practices to meet compliance with Virginia Compulsory Attendance Law 22.1-254. The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has provided new directives for the reporting of student absences from school as follows:

These requirements apply only to unexcused absences.
• At five unexcused absences, the school is required to have an attendance conference and initiate an attendance improvement plan;
• At six unexcused absences, the school is required to hold a second attendance conference; and
• At seven unexcused absences, PWCS is required to report whether legal charges were initiated against the student, against the parent, or if legal charges were not initiated because an improvement plan is in place and working.

We want to emphasize the importance of parent(s)/guardian(s) sending notes to excuse your student’s absence. We encourage you to become familiar with the options you have available to communicate with your school about absences. Regular attendance in school is crucial to your child’s academic success. We will continue to support you and your student and trust that you will work with us as we identify students that have attendance concerns and need further support. Please ensure your student’s school has your correct residential address, telephone number, and email address on file. All schools are required to notify parent(s)/guardian(s) of absences, including, but not limited to, our autodialer system.

To reduce unexcused absences, PWCS requests when your student is absent from school, an official notification be sent to your student’s school explaining the reason why your student was absent. Our school and the Office of Student Services is always available to provide assistance and support to you.

If you have questions or need further assistance, please call the school at 703-753-9969.

Thank you for your support of our efforts to continue Providing A World-Class Education to all students.