What are Lawful Absences?

  • Student illness, where attendance would endanger the students health or the health of others
  • Death or serious illness in immediate family
  • Recognized religious holiday of student's faith
  • Activities approved in advance by the principal

What are Unlawful Absences?

  • Skipping school without parent permission
  • Missing school without an acceptable reason
  • Family trips/vacation
  • Any absence not covered under lawful absence list

What are Some of the Consequences of Unlawful Absences?

  • Letters to parents notifying them of the number of days student has been absent
  • Conference with parent to complete an intervention plan
  • Referral to appropriate agencies
  • Home visit by school official
  • Court action
  • Possible failure or loss of credits

Is It Important to Send a Note when my Child is Absent?

Absolutely! When a student is absent from school he/she must present a written excuse signed by a parent/guardian. If the excuse is not presented within three days of the students return, and if it doesn’t meet definition of lawful absence, it will be recorded as unlawful.