All persons residing in the Commonwealth between the ages of 6 and 21 are entitled to a free and full education in the public schools. Parents or legal guardians of all children between the ages of 8 and 17 are required by the compulsory attendance law to ensure that their children attend an approved educational institution, unless legally excused.  A student may not be excluded from the public school nor from interscholastic athletics or co-curricular activities because of being married or pregnant.  Students who reach 17 years and are not fulfilling their responsibilities as students may be asked to leave school.  Additionally, students 17 years and older who demonstrate disobedience or misconduct, or irregular attendance will be notified and recommended for school board action.

Parents/Guardians are encouraged to review the expectations in our Attendance Policy (Policy 204) and the respective building student handbooks for changes made to attendance.  These changes were made to remain compliant with PA School Code. There is a growing body of research demonstrating that chronic absence from school, typically defined as missing 10 percent of school days for any reason, is a primary cause of low academic achievement as well as a powerful predictor of which students will eventually drop out of school. Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) believes chronic absenteeism is a national problem that seriously undermines our collective efforts to improve education and life outcomes among youth.  Therefore, the district will be limiting the number of excused Tour and Family Trips from 10 days to 5.

To address and support communities in eliminating barriers to students’ daily attendance and meaningful engagement in school they have released the Community Toolkit to Address and Eliminate Chronic Absenteeism. Together, we can dramatically improve the academic life and outcome of students who have been disengaged from a daily, supportive school experience, and we need parents, community, and business support.

  • A student acquiring (3) three or more unexcused absences will be classified as truant.
  • In addition, accumulation of (6) six or more unexcused absences will be classified habitually truant.
  • The critical age of student attendance is (15) fifteen-years-old. The district is required to refer habitually truant cases to Children & Youth Services (CYS), after school and referral to the district magistrate.
For a Request for a Family Trip / Extended Absence from School form please click here.

The State Board of Education (22 PA Code Section 11.26) provides that upon receipt of a written request from the parents of pupil involved in an educational tour or trip, the pupil may be excused from school attendance to participate in an educational tour provided during the school term at the expense of the parents, when such tour or trip is evaluated by the district’s superintendent as educational. The written request should be submitted to the principal by the parents/legal guardians prior to a tour or trip, and will indicate:

  1.     the date(s) of the tour or trip
  2.     the destination of the tour or trip
  3.     the adult supervision to be provided
  4.     the educational value of the tour or trip

     After receiving approval to be excused from school for the tour or trip, it is the responsibility of the student to see all teachers in advance for assignments. It is the student’s responsibility to complete all assignments and present them to the teachers the day the student returns to class. Furthermore, it is recommended that these tours or family trips not be taken during final examination periods.

     A form requesting tour approval is available in the High School and Elementary Offices, and on this webpage for your convenience. A total maximum of 5 days will be permitted to be used as excused absences. After the maximum of 5 days each day will be considered as an illegal. 

     The Canton School District collects Box tops for Education which can be found on a variety of products.
     The money raised through the collection of these coupons has been used for a number of activities and materials for the school such as bulletin board cork strips, Artist in Residence, trade books, etc.
      Please support our efforts by clipping Box Tops for Education and sending them in to the elementary office.
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Earn money for Canton Elementary & Jr/Sr School, by registering your Tops BonusPlus or BonusCard on-line @ and selecting Canton Area School District as your school of choice.  When you purchase participating products, TOPS contributes a percentage of the purchase to our school.  Please note if you registered last year you will need to re-register again this year for our schools to get the benefits. 

Canton High School Student Handbook 2023-24 *Revised*
Canton High School Athletic, Extra & Co-Curricular Code of Conduct Handbook

Canton Elementary Student Handbook 2023-2024


Click below to view the academic planner and course descriptions for CHS and NTCC courses.

Course Descriptions / Academic Planner 2023-2024


High School Cell Phone Policy

Students are discouraged from bringing cell phones to school.  However, if cell phones need to be brought to school here are the expectations:
 Students are not to have cell phones in their possession at anytime during the school day defined from 8:18 AM – 3:22 PM.**Phones are to be turned off and placed in lockers during this time.**

      The following consequences will happen should students be found with cell phones between the hours of 8:18 AM – 3:22 PM

  • 1st Offense – The phone will be taken by a staff member and handed into the office.  (The phone will be returned to the parent/guardian of the student when the parent/guardian comes to the school to retrieve it.
  • 2nd Offense – The phone will be taken by a staff member and handed into the office. (The phone will be returned to the parent/guardian of the student when the parent/guardian comes to the school to retrieve it.)  The student will be assigned 2 days of detention.
  • 3rd Offense – The phone will be taken by a staff member and handed into the office.  A parent conference will be held to determine when the phone is returned.  The student will be assigned 3 days of ISS.

     It is expected that when a student is found with a cell phone, full cooperation will be displayed to the staff member requesting the phone from the student.  Failure to cooperate will result in additional consequences.


State Testing and Cell Phones

Pennsylvania has established very specific guidelines, regarding cell phones, during the administration of PSSA tests and Keystone exams.
These rules and policies apply to the administration of both the Keystone Exams and the PSSA.
All cell phones, smart phones, and other prohibited electronic devices are to be collected as students enter the testing site. Thus, school districts and schools should do the following:

  1.  Inform parents and students before testing that cell phones are not allowed during the test administration;
  2. Inform parents and students that the consequence for using and/or having a cell phone or other electronic device during the test administration will result in the application of a "Do Not Score" label on his/her test booklet or appropriate notification to not score on the online version, and the student will not receive a score;
  3. Inform parents and students that, if the student uses a cell phone or electronic device in any manner during the administration of the test, the phone or electronic device will be confiscated until such time that the parent or guardian can come to the school, and in the presence of the parent or guardian, the cell phone or other electronic device will be viewed to ensure that no information or material regarding the assessment is present;
  4. Inform parents and students that violation of the no cell phone or other electronic device rule will result in discipline and that discipline will vary depending on whether test material has been compromised; and
  5. Inform parents and students that any items on an assessment that have been compromised, and can no longer be used will have to be replaced, and the parents and students may be responsible for the cost of replacement.  

Trips During PSSA Testing   

A reminder that trips will not be granted during PSSA testing except for emergency situations. The tests are scheduled as follows:


April 24- 28, 2023Grades 3-8English Language Arts
May 1 - 5, 2023Grades 3-8Mathematics
Testing & Make up dates
May 1 - 5, 2023Grades 4, 8Science
Testing & make up dates


December 5-16, 2022Wave 1 Keystone Exams
January 4-18, 2023Wave 2 Keystone Exams
May 15-26, 2023Keystone Exams


Elmer's Glue Sticks - 5 large

Crayola Pip-Squeak Washable Markers 8pk

Children’s Scissors

Crayola Colored Pencils - 12 ct

Zipper pencil pouch

Expo Thin Dry Erase 4 color markers
Elmer’s Glue Sticks - 4 large

EXPO Thin Dry
Erase 4 color markers

Plastic Pencil Box


1 Play-Doh container

1 box of tissues
1-Dixon Ticonderoga #2 Pencils - 10 ct

1-Pencil pouch

1-Crayola Crayons - 12ct

1-Crayola Colored Pencils - 12 ct

1-2 pocket folders

5 EXPO Markers

1 Single Subject Notebook

1 box tissues
Cap Erasers

Dixon Ticonderoga #2 Pencils

Pencil Pouch

2 pocket folders

Crayola Crayons - 8 ct
Dixon Ticonderoga #2 pencils

Accordion Folder

Crayola Colored Pencils 12ct

Green or Yellow Highlighter

Cap Erasers

Pencil Pouch

Elmer's Glue Sticks
Crayola Colored Pencils - 12ct

Dixon Ticonderoga #2 Pencils

1 3" 3 Ring Binder (non-enclosed)

Green or Yellow Highlighter

1 pack white lined paper
Pencil Pouch

1 3" 3-Ring binder

Wide Ruled 3- hole punched paper

Dixon Ticonderoga #2 Pencils

2 Highlighters - green or yellow

PDF - 24/25 CES School Supply List


7th grade supply list
4 - three ring binders 1-2"
Dividers (for the binders)
Lined 3 hole paper
2 highlighters
Cap erasers
2 packs of colored pencils
1 subject notebook
4 - three prong folders

PDF - 7th grade Supply List


2024-25 School Year Calendar Approved 1/11/24; updated 5/9/24