Excused/unexcused absences

Questions about Excused/Unexcused Absences:

Regular and punctual school attendance is essential for a student to reach his or her potential.  Each class builds upon the previous day’s lesson.  Absences and tardies may result in a student’s lack of mastery of the subject matter and disruption of the classroom. 

When illnesses and emergencies occur, parents are asked to call the school each day the student is absent.  Upon return to school, the student must bring a note signed by the parent, or the parent must send an email from an authorized account or fax from a legitimate location, that describes the reason for the absence.  A note signed by the student will not be accepted.


According to board policy FEA (LEGAL/LOCAL) the following are defined, but not limited to the following:

  • Being absent without parental consent or knowledge;
  • Leaving campus during class or lunch without official permission.
  • Willfully failing or refusing to attend school;
  • Being absent without written notification and by phone contact from a parent or legal guardian; and
  • Being absent for vacations, trips, babysitting, working and non-school sponsored athletic events and programs.