Students are expected to be in school each day unless ill or unable to attend due to an unavoidable circumstance. When a child is absent for any reason, the parent or guardian should notify the school of the reason for the absence via email, phone call, or note explaining the absence. In order to code an absence as excused, the school is required to have note from home within two days of the child’s return to school.
The note should contain the following:
- Date(s) of absence(s)
- Specific reasons matching “lawful, excused absences” as determined by Public School Law
- Signature of the parent/guardian
PLEASE NOTE: A written note from a parent does not automatically result in an excused absence. The reason for the absence must be one of those determined by Public School Law.
Excused absences are: illness of student, death in the immediate family, quarantine, observance of a religious holiday, or court or administrative proceeding.
Unexcused absences include, but are not limited to, missing the bus, oversleeping, car trouble, lack of water, heat, or electricity, inclement weather, babysitting, trips, etc.