When a student must be absent from school, the student - upon returning to school - must bring a note signed by the parent that describes the reason for the absence. A note signed by the student, even with parent permission, will not be accepted unless the student is 18 or older. Notes written by parents requesting an excused absence will be limited to five total days per semester. If the total number of days exceeds five, the student must provide a doctor's note to maintain an excused absence or must see the school nurse to decide if the student should stay at school or go home. Please understand, parent phone calls for absences are simply a courtesy. A written note must be provided upon the students return to school.