Valid Reasons for Student Absence
CPS recognizes six reasons for an absence to be considered excused:
- student illness
- observance of a religious holiday (absence note required)
- death in the immediate family
- family emergency
- circumstances which cause reasonable concern to the parent for their child's safety or health (must be approved by the principal)
- other situations beyond the control of the student (as determined by principal)
Communicating Your Child’s Absence to School
If your child must stay home, call your school to inform them your child will be absent.
Historically, CPS has only been allowed to receive hard-form paper notes but we now can receive calls that can be honored to determine Excused and Unexcused absence status.
Home to school communication that qualifies for excused absence status must:
- Meet one of the valid causes for absence indicated above. AND
- Be memorialized through a paper, signed, and dated note the first day your child returns to school from an absence and submitted to the Attendance Office (Room 117) OR
- Be sent via email [email protected] OR
- Be logged by the school in response to a direct phone call/voicemail to the school at (773) 534-0230
- Student's name
- Date(s) of absence
- Reason for absence (must be one of the six valid reasons), with details explaining if there is a family emergency, concern for child's safety, or situation beyond the student's control.
- Parent/guardian signature, date, and phone number