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Reporting An Excused Absence

Report A Full-Day Excused Absence Online

The MMSD Online Attendance Request Form to report a student absent from a full day from school. Partial day absences for appointments, illness, etc should still be reported with written permission, or called in, or emailed  to the student's SLC Office. 

Learn more about reporting absences online.

Report An Excused Absence By Emailing The SLC Office Secretary

Students can be reported absent by emailing the student's SLC Office Secretary.  Please include the student's first and last name, ID #, the date and time of the absence, and the relationship to the student of the person reporting the absence.

West High School SLC Secretary Email Addresses

Report An Excused Absence By Calling The School Office

Students can be reported absent by calling the student's SLC Office.  Please include the student's first and last name, ID #, the date and time of the absence, and the relationship to the student of the person reporting the absence.

West High School SLC Office Phone Numbers

Report An Excused Absence By Sending A Note With The Student To The SLC Office

Students can be reported absent with written permission from a parent.  Please include the student's first and last name, ID #, the date and time of the absence, and the relationship to the student of the person reporting the absence.

Excused Absence Procedures

Even with prior parent permission and the absence reported to the school, partial day absences require the student to check in and/or out of their SLC Office.   Learn more about the Excused Absence Procedure.

  • Leaving the building for illness or appointments without an Outside Excuse Permit is considered an unexcused absence.  Even with a parent excuse, students must sign out of the building by obtaining an Outside Excuse Permit in their SLC office.  In the event that a student does not sign out before leaving the building, the absence can only be excused by the SLC principal upon presentation of a legitimate excuse from the parent of the student involved.  The principal will excuse a student who does not sign out in the office only once in the student's high school career.
  • Students must also report to the SLC office for admittance when returning from an excused absence.  An excused absence card will be issued if a parental excuse is provided.

Acceptable Reasons For Excused Absences

  • Illness of student or immediate family member

  • Observance of a Religious Holiday

  • Bereavement due to death in the immediate family

  • A student’s dental, doctor, chiropractor, psychologist or other medical appointment that cannot be scheduled outside of the school day

  • Inclement weather

  • Serving as an elected official

Reference Board Policy 4031 on page 71 of the District Policy Guide.