Good Excuses for Missing School

Updated April 17, 2017

At some point in your school career, you will find that you need to miss a day of class. While it is important to attend school whenever possible, you should be prepared to offer an excuse when you are forced to be absent. With a good excuse, you will be able to obtain make-up work from your instructor. Avoid lying and stick to the truth so that you won't find yourself in an uncomfortable situation.


Individuals often miss school because of sickness. If you are just missing one class, then you can explain your brief sickness to your teacher. If you miss several classes, then you may need to obtain a note from your doctor in order to receive an excused absence.

People can experience a variety of sicknesses, and this excuse is generally accepting by folks in the school system because it is so common.

Family Emergency

The excuse of "family emergency" can actually cover a few different situations. You can say you have a family emergency if a family member is hospitalised or in an accident. If you need to attend the funeral of a loved one, this instance would also fall under the heading of family emergency. If you are using this excuse for a legitimate circumstance, you can usually get verification from a physician at the hospital (for a sick family member) or you can obtain a newspaper clipping of an obituary (for a death).

Holiday With Family

Many parents like to take their children on holidays during the school year. As long as the parents contact the school officials, this excuse can be used with the administration. Parents often explain these holidays as being once in a lifetime events, and they say that the holidays help to enrich the life of the student. If your family is planning a trip of this nature, then you can use it as a good excuse for missing school.

Personal Reasons

Sometimes you do not need to use the excuse of being sick or out of town; instead, you can list personal reasons for your absence. Perhaps your parents are going through a divorce and your home life is in upheaval. In such a circumstance, you can be excused for missing school. If you are a college student, you can use personal reasons as an excuse if you are in the middle of a difficult break-up.

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Based in the Deep South, Cindy Roussos has been a full-time writer since 2004. Her work has appeared in such print publications as "Chicken Soup for the Soul" and online at websites such as Roussos graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Alabama.