|Good attendance is critical for student success at WHES. All absences will be coded unexcused unless an email or a written note from the parent/guardian is received. State law allows absences to be excused for the following reasons: Illness or injury Quarantine Death in the immediate family Medical or dental appointments Court or administrative proceedings Religious observance Educational opportunity Your request must be submitted for consideration prior to the absence. All other absences are coded as unlawful. Absences for personal trips are not excused according to state guidelines. In order to be considered in attendance, a student must be present at least one-half of the school day. At the elementary level more than ten (10) absences a semester or 20 absences a year are considered excessive. If illness is given as the primary reason for non-attendance, the principal (at her discretion) may request a physician’s documentation.