Letter to school explaining child's absence

When a child is sick, often times the school will mark them as absent and not question it as long as the absence is explained. However, each time your child is absent, a letter to school explaining child’s absence is usually a good idea. If a student has too many absences without any explanation, then what will happen is they’ll contact a truancy officer to investigate why they’re not coming to school.


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Identify the child in question by name and what grade they’re in.


Explain the situation and why the student was absent from school and on what day. If it was due to an illness, re-assure the school that the child was being taken to the doctor and isn’t getting a free day out of school for any reason. Otherwise, explain exactly what is going on outside of school to make the child miss school.


Request a time that they may come to pick up homework or paperwork that they had missed on that day.

Sample Letters

Sample letter to school explaining child's absence

Dear Mr. Albert:

I’d like to request you please excuse the absence of my child Jacob Fisher from school yesterday, February 1. Early in the morning, Jacob complained that he wasn’t feeling too well, so I took his temperature and he was burning up. He also was throwing up all morning so I took him to the doctor.

The doctor has recommended that he stay home for three additional days, so that he doesn’t get anyone else at school sick and Jacob will be bringing in a doctor’s note as well. I’d also like to know if it’s possible that I could come and pick up Jacob’s homework for the day as well so that he doesn’t fall behind on assignments.