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Approved Excused Absences

Excused Absences/Tardiness

An excused absence or tardiness is one for which work may be made up, such as:

  1. Death or severe illness in the student's immediate family,
  2. Illness of the student,
  3. Doctor/dentist appointment that cannot be scheduled outside the school day,
  4. Family emergency, as determined by the Principal/designee,
  5. Required court appearance,
  6. Religious holidays and practices,
  7. One (1) day for attendance at the Kentucky State Fair,
  8. Participation in regularly scheduled 4-H Club educational activities,
  9. One (1) excused absence per occurrence of head lice not to exceed three (3) days per school year,
  10. Driver’s Test,
  11. Documented military leave,
  12. One (1) day prior to departure of parent/guardian called to active military duty,
  13. One (1) day upon the return of parent/guardian from active military duty, 
  14. Visitation for up to ten (10) days with the student’s parent, de facto custodian, or person with legal custody who, while on active military duty stationed outside of the country, is granted rest and recuperation leave, or
  15. Other valid reasons as determined by the Principal, Assistant Principal, DPP or their designee, including trips qualifying as educational enhancement opportunities.

Students shall be granted an excused absence for up to ten (10) school days to pursue an educational enhancement opportunity determined by the Principal to be of significant educational value. This opportunity may include, but not be limited to, participation in an educational foreign exchange program or an intensive instructional, experiential, or performance program in one (1) of the core curriculum subjects of English, science, mathematics, social studies, foreign language, and the arts.  Application for an educational enchancement opportunity may be downloaded here and submitted to your school principal.


Unless the Principal determines that extenuating circumstances exist, requests for date(s) falling within State or District testing periods shall not be granted.


The Principal’s determination may be appealed to the Superintendent/designee whose decision may then be appealed to the Board under its grievance policy and procedures.