The following are the only reasons for an excused absence:
- illness of a student or family member.
- death of a member of the immediate family.
- medical or dental attention.
- religious holy day (must be pre-approved).
- absences which the principal judges as an emergency beyond the control of the student or parent.
Medical Excuses (partial day)
A student who is temporarily absent, resulting from a visit to a health care professional, will be counted present if that student commences classes or returns to school on the same day as the appointment. The student will be allowed time to make up missed work according to school policy. Upon returning to school, the student should present an excuse on doctor's stationary to obtain this type of excuse.
At the secondary level, when an absence is unexcused, the student may not make up missed work and could be subject to discipline for truancy. Some examples of unexcused absences are:
- staying home to study or to write a report;
- going shopping, looking for a prom dress, or returning a tuxedo;
- going fishing, hunting, or skiing,
- oversleeping or missing the bus,
- skipping, or
- failing to follow your campus' admit to class procedure.
If the reason is deemed unacceptable by the administrator, the absence will be unexcused. However, if the administrator determines that the unexcused absence is due to extenuating circumstances, the administrator may allow make-up work. Parents/students have 3 school days to submit documentation to change an unexcused absence to an excused absence. If the documentation is not submitted during the allowable time, the absence will remain as unexcused.
THE FACT THAT PARENTS KNOW AND APPROVE OF AN ABSENCE WILL NOT ALTER THE FACT THAT IT CAN BE UNEXCUSED OR CONSIDERED TRUANCY.
- The following are the requirements for requesting a prearranged absence:
- The student must be absent with the parent's knowledge and consent.
Arrangements have to be made with the principal prior to the absence.
- This type of absence is one that does not meet the criteria of the legally excused absence, but one the principal may believe to be acceptable. Some of the absences may qualify for extracurricular status.
- The method for requesting a pre-arranged absence is...
- Take a note to the principal for evaluation to determine whether the time and reason is acceptable or not.
- If the absence is acceptable, then the student is to take a note to each of his teachers and obtain the assignments for the particular time he will be absent.
- For such a request to be considered, the student must have satisfactory scholastic, attendance, and behavior records.
- For those in twelfth grade, if such an absence is for a college visitation cleared by the senior counselor, the student must bring back a note or letter from a college official such as an admissions counselor to receive an excused absence.
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