Sacajawea Elementary



District Policy on Excused/Unexcused Absences

What absences can be excused?

Unplanned absences:  when your child’s personal illness or injury, orthe illness, injury or death of a family member, prevents your childfrom attending school, and you notify the school within 48 hours of theabsences.  The school may require a note from your child’s doctor ifyour child is absent due to illness or injury for an excessive number ofdays (10 or more during a school year) before excusing those absences.

Five days of a trip for a funeral can be excused.

Planned absences

When you submit a request to the principal at least school days beforethe start of the planned absence, usually for a doctor or dentistappointment, religious holiday, or a special one-time event of a day or two.  The school principal has the final say on whether your planned absence will be excused.

Absences due to disciplinary actions such as suspensions of your child are excused on District attendance records.

What absences are not excused?

Vacations and trips are not excused when school is in session.  Familiesshould plan vacations and family travel for when school is not insession.  Going to another city, state or country to visit family orfriends won’t be excused.  Extra days before or after school holidaysare not excused.

Missed assignments

We require your student to complete missed assignments.  It is up to the parent/guardian to make sure you receive the classroom work from the teacher and have your child complete it.  More information about state and district attendance policies.