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Excused AbsencesIf a student is to be absent on a day of school, parents or guardians must call the attendance line to notify the office of the absence.Section 26-1 of the Illinois School Code considers a valid cause for student absence to be:
- Personal illness
- Observance of a religious holiday
- Death in the immediate family
- Family emergency
- Circumstances which cause reasonable concern to the parent/guardian for the safety and health of the student.
- Situations beyond the control of the student as determined by the Board of Education via its designee, the school administration.
If the Attendance Office has not received a phone call from the student’s parent or guardian within 24 hours of the day of the absence, the student will be considered unexcused. Unexcused are defined as those absences which are not authorized and/or school related.
In order to comply with School Code, the school reserves the right to determine if an absence is unexcused. The school considers the following reasons as examples of absences without valid cause, thereby resulting in an unexcused status:
- Car trouble
- Missing the bus
- Missing one class to study for another or make-up test and quizzes
- Message on school voicemail with no reason given for absence
- Call outs for lunch or personal appointments other than those defined as an excused absence.
The above list is used for illustrative purpose only and is not to be considered all-inclusive. Unexcused absences are subject to disciplinary action as follows:
- After School Detention
- Saturday Detention
- Suspension from school
Any student who is absent for 9 of the previous 180 attendance days without cause will be considered as having excessive absences (105 ILCS 5/26-2a). Absences that result from participation in a school related activity will not be counted in determining excessive absences; however, absences due to unapproved vacations and non-school related activities/sports may be counted.
Once a student has been absent for 5 school days, a doctor’s note (licensed M.D., nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant) will be required for each absence before an illness-related absence will be excused. The doctor’s note must be an original, legible note on physician’s stationary signed by the doctor or nurse, and presented to the Attendance Office upon the student’s return. The note must state the date(s) the student was not able to attend school.
A student who is excessively absent will be referred to the building PST team, which will develop an individualized intervention plan designed to remediate the attendance pattern. Chronic absences that violate state attendance expectations will be treated as truancy.