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.