Excused vs Unexcused

Excused Absences/Tardies/Early Releases

Following is a list of excused reasons for attendance incidents. Any absence, lateness or early release resulting from a situation other than those listed below will be considered unexcused.
  • Observance of a religious holiday
  • Religious instruction with a maximum of 36 hours per year
  • Trips to exhibitions or places for educational purposes, maximum five (5) days per year and must receive administrative pre-approval. (Exempt Absence) - REQUEST FOR EDUCATIONAL TRAVEL FORM
  • Planned vacations up to a maximum of five (5) school days, with prior notification in writing and administrative pre-approval.
  • Medical / health related appointments which cannot be scheduled after school hours
  • Illness or recovery from an accident
  • Quarantine
  • Death in the family
  • Court appearance
  • Unavoidable family emergencies
  • Inclement weather resulting in impassable roads
  • School District of residence closed to due weather or other delays due to district transportation (Exempt Absence)
No excuse will be accepted after a period of three (3) school days. If documentation is not supplied within three (3) school days of the absence, the absence will be considered unexcused.

Unexcused Absences/Tardies/Early Dismissals

When the school does not receive an excuse note within three (3) school days after the return to school, the attendance incident becomes UNEXCUSED. Unexcused absences exceeding three (3) school days total may result in corrective measures.

A student with three (3) or more unexcused absences may be issued a citation with District Court by the student’s sending school district.

Examples of unexcused attendance events include:  Over-slept, missed bus, traffic, stopping for breakfast, early pick ups for convenience purposes only (which are not for one of the excused reason listed above).

After School Activities Following Attendance Events:

Students not in attendance for the school day may not participate in after school activities for the day (athletic games, dances or proms, clubs, concerts, practices, etc.) Students who miss the day before a non-school day event must have prior administrative permission to attend. Administration has the right to review circumstances of any absence and determine if participation after school or during the weekend following an absence is warranted.