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Excused Absences

When your student must stay home from school, follow CPS procedures to notify the school and provide a valid explanation so your student is not considered truant.

Valid Reasons for Student Absence

CPS recognizes six reasons for an absence to be considered excused: 

  • student illness
  • observance of a religious holiday (absence note required)
  • death in the immediate family
  • family emergency
  • circumstances which cause reasonable concern to the parent for their child's safety or health (must be approved by the principal)
  • other situations beyond the control of the student (as determined by principal)

Communicating Your Child’s Absence to School

CPS recommends parents keep children at home for fever or flu-like symptoms. To help you decide if your child is too sick to go to school, see “When Should I Keep My Child at Home?” below.

If your child must stay home, call your school to inform them your child will be absent. Provide the school with a signed “Reason for Absence Note” on the first day your child returns to school from an absence.

Your written note should include the following information:

  • Student's name
  • Room/division
  • Date(s) of absence
  • Reason for absence (must be one of the six valid reasons), with details explaining if there is a family emergency, concern for child’s safety, or situation beyond the student’s control.
  • Parent/guardian signature, date, and phone number

Download Sample Absence Note
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English  |  Spanish  |  Polish ]

Medical Information and Conditions

  • Inform your school if a physician diagnoses your child with any contagious/infectious disease, such as chicken pox, measles, etc.
  • Get a written release from a doctor for your child to return to school if he or she is diagnosed with or suspected of having a communicable/nuisance disease
  • Submit required medical reports to the appropriate school personnel
  • Keep up-to-date on all your child's health examinations and immunizations so your student does not miss school

Download Absence Forms

Reason for Absence Note [ English  |  Spanish  |  Polish ]

When Should I Keep My Child at Home?