Reporting an Absence

  • There is a positive relationship between regular attendance and academic success and student growth and performance. All students are required by law to be in attendance at school each day that school is officially in session. Parents/guardians are responsible for their children’s regular attendance. 

    All schools in Naperville School District 203 have a uniform procedure for reporting absences and have two methods to make that request.  


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    Please call the Health Office absentee line at (630) 420-6347 to report an absence, NOT the main office.
    You can also send a text message to the Health Office cell phone at (630) 536-6208 or e-mail to

    You will be asked to give the reason for the absence as well as the child's name, teacher's name, and the date.  Absences must be reported each consecutive day. 
    If you know your child is going to be absent due to a trip or extended illness, please send a note or phone the Health Office at the above number with the dates.  The Health Office will then pass the information on to the classroom teacher. 
    Requests for homework should go directly to the teacher.
    Excused absences are illness, observance of certain religious holidays, a death in the family or medical or dental appointments that cannot be arranged outside of school hours.
    When to keep a student home
    •A fever that causes chills, sweating or muscle aches, or a temperature of 100 degrees or over (students must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school)
    •Vomiting or diarrhea
    •Head lice or nits
    •Red or pink eyes, or drainage from eyes (a note from the physician will be necessary for a student to return to school unless condition has resolved)
    •A rash or skin condition not diagnosed by a physician
    •Strep infection (students must receive 24 hours of antibiotic therapy and have no fever for the preceding 24 hours before returning to school)
    •Chicken Pox (students must remain home until all pox are scabbed over).        
    Unreported Absences
    If a student is absent and the parent has not called in, school personnel will attempt to contact the parents/guardian at home or at work. If the attempt to contact the parent is unsuccessful, the school will then attempt to contact the emergency numbers that have been designated on the emergency card. If no one can be reached, the school administrator will be notified and he/she will determine what further action is necessary. This procedure is being used to ensure the safety of our students.

    Late Arrivals
    Students arriving to school late must report to the office before attending class. If the student has been reported absent in the morning and decides to return to school in the afternoon, they must report to the office upon returning.

    Unexcused Absences
    Removing students from school for vacations is strongly discouraged. If such a situation is unavoidable, school personnel should be informed as soon as possible. Students will be responsible for all work missed and it may not be practical or feasible for teachers to provide work for students in advance.