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Absences and Excuses

Absences and Excuses (09.123)

Pupils are required to attend regularly and punctually the school in which they are enrolled. Recording of absences and tardies shall be made in compliance with the requirements of 702 KAR 007:125.1


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.

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.

Students receiving an excused absence under this section shall have the opportunity to make up school work missed and shall not have their class grades adversely affected for lack of class attendance or class participation due to the excused absence.

School Handbooks

Each school handbook shall include specific attendance requirements.

Unexcused Absences

Work may be made up for unexcused absences at the discretion of the teacher involved.


Projects or homework assigned prior to suspension shall be accepted for credit. Students shall be responsible for submitting assignments due during the time of the suspension.

Determinations concerning credit for make-up work shall be made in accordance with any Individual Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan in place for a student that has been suspended.

Long‑term projects assigned during the suspension and due at a later date shall be accepted.

Work assigned and due during suspension shall not be accepted.


1702 KAR 007:125

2KRS 159.035
 KRS 36.396; KRS 38.470; KRS 40.366
 KRS 158.070; KRS 158.183; KRS 158.293; KRS 158.294
 KRS 159.140; KRS 159.150; KRS 159.180
 OAG 76‑566; OAG 79‑68; OAG 79‑539; OAG 91‑79; OAG 96-28

Related Policies:

09.111; 09.122; 09.4281
09.126 (re requirements/exceptions for students from military families)

Adopted/Amended: 7/14/2022

Order #:         2022-3158

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 Absences and Excuses Policy 09.123 (Printable)