Working Papers

The issuing of working papers for students who reside within the Williamsport Area School Districts boundaries is a privilege and not a given right. For students to be issued working papers, academics and attendance need to be a priority for the student

Working Papers

Students between the ages of 14 and 17 are required by Pennsylvania School Law to secure a work permit. Students, who have reached 18, by state law, do not need working papers. (Exceptions to this regulation are 17-year-old students who have graduated or have officially withdrawn from school.)
Issuing working papers to students in the Williamsport Area School District is a privilege and not a given right. For students to be issued working papers, academics and attendance need to be a priority for the student, and the criteria below must be met. 
For more information on working papers, please speak to your grade level school counselor.

Application Criteria

Working papers application criteria:

For working papers to be issued to a student they must first meet with their counselor to review if they meet the requirements. The counselor will sign off on the application form if they meet the academic, attendance and behavioral requirements.

The student and guardian must bring the completed and signed paperwork to the DSC after 2:30pm. (2780 West Fourth Street, Williamsport PA.)

Proof of age is required to issue working papers

Requirements for Working Papers

Requirement for Working Papers to be Issued:

May not be failing more than 2 courses for the current marking period
Must be passing all core subjects for school year (English, Science, Math, Social Studies)
If student has more than 10 unexcused absences from school during the school year then working papers will not be issued until the following year.
If students have more than 20 unexcused tardies during a school year, then working papers will not be issued until the following school year.

Revoking Working Papers:

Every marking period grades will be reviewed. Any student failing 3 or more subjects in a marking period will receive a warning letter that grades need to be improved.
The next marking period after the warning letter is sent, if grades do not improve and student is failing 3 or more subjects working papers will be revoked.
If student is failing 3 or more core classes at the end of the semester, or end of year, working papers will be revoked.

*Working papers will be issued for the summer months after the end of the school year. If a student does not meet the criteria based on last year’s grades and attendance, the papers will be revoked at the end of the summer.

 Please visit the Pennsylvania Department of Education for more information on child labor laws in PA: Child Labor-Laws PDE