What Are Some Acceptable Excuses for Missing School?

Acceptable excuses for missing school include personal illness, personal medical appointment, observance of a religious holiday, and attending funeral service for an immediate family member. Different state laws recognize different reasons as acceptable excuses for missing school. A verified personal court appearance is also a valid reason to miss school.

Extreme circumstances such as a natural disaster, civil unrest or being under quarantine under the direction of a health officer due to a highly contagious outbreak are also acceptable reasons to be absent from school. In some cases, students can miss school if they are the custodial parent of a child who is sick or has a medical appointment.