Attendance & Lateness

School ​begins​ ​at​ ​8:00​ ​AM​ ​for​ ​Breakfast​ ​8:20​ ​AM​ ​for​ ​7th​ ​and​ ​8th​ ​grade​ ​classes​ ​and​ ​8:40​ ​for​ ​K-6​ ​classes.​ ​The school​ ​day​ ​ends​ ​at​ ​2:59​ ​PM​ ​for​ ​our​ ​7th​ ​and​ ​8th​ ​graders​ ​and​ ​3:19​ ​for​ ​K-6.​ ​

This​ ​staggered​ ​arrival​ ​and​ ​dismissal​ ​is designed​ ​to​ ​create​ ​less​ ​congestion​ ​in​ ​the​ ​yard​ ​and​ ​cafeteria​ ​in​ ​the​ ​AM​ ​and​ ​also​ ​to​ ​allow​ ​students​ ​ ​to​ ​be supervised​ ​closely.​ ​Students​ ​in​ ​grades​ ​7​ ​or​ ​8​ ​who​ ​need​ ​to​ ​pick​ ​up​ ​students​ ​may​ ​wait​ ​in​ ​the​ ​auditorium​ ​and​ ​after school​ ​detentions​ ​for​ ​grades​ ​7​ ​and​ ​8​ ​will​ ​also​ ​be​ ​held​ ​in​ ​auditorium​ ​until​ ​3:15.

All students are required to attend school every day and on time. You are required by law to notify the school when your child misses any instructional time. A written explanation of the absence or lateness is required upon your child’s return to school. The School District of Philadelphia is now including early dismissals to be coded as HALF days for absences. Students arriving after 10 AM will also be coded as a half-day absence. Students with excessive tardy arrivals will also be coded accordingly with the new guidelines. The District records excused and unexcused absences daily in compliance with the law. Parents/Guardians will be notified from the local school by phone and in writing after their child’s unexcused absences. Any child who is absent from or late to school without a valid written reason for a total of three (3) days or more is considered truant.

The following is a series of events that may take place if a child is truant: Parents/Guardians will receive formal notification, parent teacher conferences or visits from Parent Truancy Officers to determine the nature of the absences. A report may be forwarded to the Response to Intervention and Instruction Team, the Department of Human Services, or the Office of Truancy Prevention Office. The student as well as the parent/guardian may be compelled to comply with the procedures and orders of the Family Court’s truancy program. Parents/guardians may be subject to a fine, community service or parenting classes. Please do not allow your children to arrive in the morning before 7:45 AM. There is no supervision for the children before 7:45 AM.

All Gompers students are expected to be present and on time each day for school. Students must bring a signed note by a parent or guardian stating the reason for absence. NO absence will be excused without a note. When a student is absent, he/she is missing essential information. Absences should be avoided whenever possible. Students are also responsible for any work missed during their absence. Students arriving after 8:20 AM (Grades 7 and 8) will be marked late 8:40 for students in grades K-6. Students must receive a late pass from the first floor, and then proceed to class. Just as during absences, students miss important information when they are tardy for school arrival. Please ensure that your child arrives on time for school each day.


School Closing/Early Dismissals

Emergency Closings and Dismissals  will be officially announced on KYW-1060 AM and the School District of Philadelphia’s website: www.philasd.org. The announcement will state, “All Philadelphia Public Schools are closed or are dismissing at …….” A specific school will be named only in the event that there is a problem at that school.

Early Dismissals:  All students are expected to attend school for the entire day. When students leave early, they miss vital information that is necessary for their academic success. When it is absolutely necessary to pick up a child due to medical reasons, students must be officially signed out from the Main Office.

Please consider the following reminders for Early Dismissals: PROPER​ ​IDENTIFICATION​ ​MUST​ ​BE​ ​GIVEN​ ​(STATE​ ​ID) Students may not be picked up from their classrooms. The secretary will contact the classroom teacher informing him/her of the dismissal. Telephone calls for early dismissals cannot be honored Students who leave school early must be signed out in the Early Dismissal Log Book located in the Main Office. No student is permitted to leave without being accompanied by an adult whose name is listed on the student’s emergency contact information. Early dismissals will not be granted during the last 30-minutes of the school day. Any requests made after 2:30 PM will not be honored. (Principal Discretion)

SRC Board Polices: https://www.philasd.org/src/policies/

918 Title I Parental Involvement: https://www.philasd.org/src/policies/

Student Code of Conduct: https://www.philasd.org/studentrights/programsservices/discipline-office/