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Excused & unexcused absences

**AR 5113 States that all absences which are not cleared within two (2) days after a student's return to school shall be recorded as unexcused (CUT).  (see Truancy)


Medical/dental appointments for self only* (with post documentation, see below), Approved Independent Study, College Visits (with post documentation), Court appearances, Religious holidays*, Illness*, Funeral service.  See below for further explanations
  • Medical appointments-  A phone call and a post-doctor's note (after-visit document) are both required to excuse any medical appointments, including video appointments within two (2) school days**.  Appointment reminders/registrations are not permitted.  If you forget to obtain a doctor's note, you may have your doctor email a copy to your student's designated Attendance Secretary (see list in lower left column).  Failure to submit a doctor's note within 2 school days of the absence will result in an unexcused absence.  No exceptions.  
  • Illness - Each student is permitted 10 personal illnesses for the calendar school year (Each partial day is calculated as 1 illness).  Five (5) or more consecutive days of illness will require a doctor’s note.   After exceeding 10 absences due to illness within the calendar school year, each absence due to illness is marked as unexcused unless a doctor's note is provided within 2 school days upon returning.  Please refer to “Excessive Illness” below. 
  • Religious -Holiday/ Ceremony/ Instruction/ Retreat (religious retreat not to exceed 4 hrs per semester (Ed. Code 48205)
Please click here for additional information regarding excused absences, 


  • Personal/personal business,
  • out of town/vacations, 
  • excessive illnesses without a doctor's note, given within the **AR5113 policy
  • medical appointments (video or in-person) without a doctor's note or after-visit documentation, given within the **AR5113 policy
  • non-school related sports events/ competitions/tournaments,
  • car trouble/traffic/carpool issues,
  • oversleeping.
  • No reason given at the time of call


An administrator or designee may call a parent conference for each student when the student has accumulated then (10) absences due to illness.  After the 10th absence, a Chronic Illness form must be on file, and a medical note for each subsequent absence due to illness will be required to mark the absence as being excused.  Failure to provide a medical note will result in the absence being unexcused.   (SRVUSD District Board Policy and Administrative Regulations BP 5113.1, *AR 5113.1)


  • All absences not cleared (reported by parent/guardian) within two (2) school days are considered illegal absences (cuts) and subject to disciplinary action. See Truancy & SART/SARB section.
  • Students who believe they were marked absent in error must email their teacher within 2 school days of absence and request an absence correction. 
  • Students attempting to clear their own absences will be subject to disciplinary action..