Good excuses for not attending classes

Updated April 17, 2017

Regularly skipping classes, whether you're enrolled in grade school or college courses, is a habit that can cost you money and knowledge. However, some events in life take precedence over your responsibilities as a student. Under certain circumstances, taking a day away from the classroom is decision that may serve in your best interests.

Death in the Family

If a family member or close friend passes away, don't be afraid to take a few days away from school to grieve. Most teachers will empathise with your decision. Emotions that stir from these events may distract you from schoolwork and limit your desire for social interaction. Similarly, take time off if a member of your family is severely ill and in need of constant attention.

Personal Illness

Avoid attending classes when you are feeling ill. Not only will you find it hard to concentrate on the subject matter, but you may also be putting your peers at risk. Contagious diseases, such as influenza and chickenpox, can spread through classroom interactions, leading to school-wide health problems. Provide your instructor with a written excuse from a doctor or other medical personnel.

Special Occasions and Holidays

Special occasions, such as a family reunion or wedding, may warrant an absence from school. In addition, you may celebrate certain holidays that the school calendar does not observe. For example, many schools do not officially allow time off for Jewish holidays such as Rosh Hashana or Yom Kippur. However, with the appropriate excuse, most teachers will not hold these vacations against you.

Poor Weather Conditions

In most cases when severe weather conditions, such as blizzards or heavy thunderstorms, roll through an area, school districts will issue class delays or cancellations. These alterations in class schedules serve to keep students and staff safe from hazardous conditions. However, some schools are hesitant to deviate from the usual schedule. If you feel that the weather conditions present a danger to you during your commute to campus, consider staying home, even if the school district hasn't officially changed the schedule.

Cite this Article A tool to create a citation to reference this article Cite this Article

About the Author

Mitch Reid has been a writer since 2006. He holds a fine arts degree in creative writing, but has a persistent interest in social psychology. He loves train travel, writing fiction, and leaping out of planes. His written work has appeared on sites such as and GlobalPost, and he has served as an editor for ebook publisher Crescent Moon Press, as well as academic literary journals.