Absence from School

    Excused Absences
    Medical appointment, illness, family emergency, religious holiday, funeral, etc. are considered “excused.”

    • Activities/Athletics - Students who will be absent from class because of participation in school activities should turn in class assignments prior to leaving for the activity unless alternate arrangements are made with individual teachers. 
    • All Others -Students always have the right to make up work missed after an excused absence.  Suspensions, Outdoor School and school-arranged field trips, etc., are considered excused.  It is the student’s responsibility to make contact with his/her teachers concerning make-up assignments. It is also important that this be done the day the student returns to school.  Students have two days to complete make-up work for an excused absence unless alternate arrangements are made with individual teachers. 1st Semester exam make-ups must be arranged with the teacher on an individual basis. 2nd Semester exam make-ups for excused absences may be made up during the summer by making arrangements with the Office Manager.

    Pre-arranged Absences:
    Students may pre-arrange an absence through the Attendance Office.  The pre-arranged absence form may be picked up at the Attendance Office and it must be completed and returned no later than 24 hours prior to the planned absence.  An administrator must approve pre-arranged absences of three or more days.  Wilson discourages pre-arranged absences during finals week. Also, teachers should indicate if the student is not doing well in class so that parents can make informed decisions about their child missing school.  If a student knows that he/she is going to be absent for an extended period of time, assignments may be obtained from the teacher in advance.  Students will be expected to be in attendance during the final week of each semester because of scheduled final exams.   An administrator must approve exceptions.

    Unexcused Absences
    Recreation, oversleeping, catching up on homework, working on a project, car trouble, etc. are considered “unexcused.”  At the teacher’s discretion, make-up work and time for unexcused absences may be made up on a full, partial or no credit basis during a designated time arranged with the teacher. Making up an unexcused absence does not necessarily mean that the same material will be covered.  However students will be allowed to make up any material covering a broader period of time than that of the absence itself (i.e. six-week tests, major exams, long term projects, etc.).  Students may be assigned make-up time or detention for unexcused absences.