What is Considered an Absence?
Any time a student is not in class, it is considered an absence.
- Illness (school may ask for a medical note if there are 3 or more illness days in a row, or excessive illnesses)
- Religious Holidays
- Family Emergencies
- Medical/Mental Health/Dental Appointments (when possible, schedule outside of the school day and attend school before or after appointment)
- Tired from work/travel
- Weather: too hot/cold
- Car trouble
- Missed bus
- Not immunized
- Needed at home
It’s important to communicate with your student’s school when they’re going to be absent. Inform the school about barriers to attendance and we will do our best to work with you and your student.
Missing less than nine days of school each year helps students to stay engaged, experience success in their schoolwork and keep on track to graduate on time.
Attending school regularly beginning in Preschool and Kindergarten will help students to:
- Gain early reading and math skills
Develop good attendance habits throughout your student’s school career
Frequent absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with schoolwork, school anxiety, struggling with a peer, or facing some other difficulty. Reach out to your student's teacher, attendance lead, school counselor or social worker for support.
- Your Name
- Phone Number
- Student's Name
- Student's Teacher Name/Grade
- Reason for Absence
- Today's Date